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The Rubashkin Saga (Part III)

PETA has a lurid anti-shechita history, They claimed Rubashkin the way the animals were slaughtered at Agri rendered them non-kosher. Rabbinic authorities and major kashruth supervisors deemed Rubashkin to be of the highest kosher standards--yet PETA declared otherwise.

Where Did Lot Go Wrong?

Why was it so hard for Lot to admit subordination to Avraham

Parshat Matot-Massei

The mindset of risking one's life for the cause can only be acquired once the civilian mindset of self-preservation is unlearned.

Shabbos Mevorchim Menachem Av

How apt a reminder that this remorseful time will pass before we know it, and the next full moon will shed its light upon our universe on a joyful fifteenth of Av.

Changing the Scene

The Tribes of Israel knew that Moses would die because he told them. Why tell them and force them to confront their fear of life after Moses just BEFORE a major battle?

The Power Of Prayer

Yet it appears that if the shogeg killer would daven, his prayers might be answered, and the kohen gadol would die. Why?

Matot: Why Is The End of Bamidbar So Anticlimactic?

The Torah is a book of great drama, why does the narrative ends with a seemingly-unnecessary story about a random conquest of some towns?

Why Rabbis and their Communities Must Learn from Each Other

This week’s parshah, Matot-Masei- provides a powerful lens from the past to train on current events. 

Through The Eyes Of History

The reason we can’t even see the temptation is that we are judging the generation according to our social climate.

Something To Cry About

The Gemara says that anyone who mourns the churban will merit seeing the nechama.

Aleph Beta: Pinchas: What Does It Mean To Be Zealous For God?

Is Pinchas, the title character of this parsha, and Eliyahu, the prophet of Kings, really one and the same?

Framing Our Vision

The challenge of these Three Weeks leading to Tisha b'Av? Learning to see the hope beyond the suffering,developing the vision of a healed world, so that we too can find the right words in our mouths to share our vision

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Pinchas: The Yehoshua Moshe Did Not Know

Moshe was not able to see that Yehoshua was fit for the job. On some level, this seems strange considering their long-standing relationship.

Tefillah: A Meeting With Hashem – The True King

Seeing the honor afforded a gentile king or queen provides us with a tangible example of what is in store for us.

To (Let It) Be Or Not To (Let It) Be

Are they disparate events that coincidentally all occurred on the same day or do they perhaps share a common denominator?

Building the Stage

Balaam, the dedicated thespian, could not overpower the prophecy of Moses because Moses was not a performer. Moses saw his role as building the stage on which his people, present and future, would perform.

A Light to the Nations?

Why did G-d use Bilaam to bless the Jews, if by doing so He enabled Bilaam to learn how best to attack us?

Lot’s Legacy

Lot and Avraham were related in their inner core, if not in what was open and visible to all.

Earning A Living Doesn’t Have To Be Difficult

Rashi tells us that because of this mistake, the Jewish people lost out on a great lesson.

Back and Forth

Our portion is about lives in which we experience moments of greatness and moments of insignificance; accomplishments and failures; Torah is not only for the 'perfect' person; It guides and nurtures the rest of us as well.

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Chukat: Why Didn’t Miriam Cross the Jordan?

The water supply in the wilderness had been dependent on Miriam’s presence. Hence, as soon as she dies, the Jews had no water. In turn, that lack brought about Moshe's disastrous interaction at the boulder.

Whom Are You Fooling?

Even the greatest of people must be wary of the dangers of their own passions and pursuits.

Questions Have Answers – Answers Don’t Have Answers

The entire group began laughing at Moshe, and with this Korach launched his revolt.

Paid To Be Honest

A father may not transfer the bechor’s right to a double portion to a younger son.

Examining the Future

A nation lacking a consistent message will not flourish, and will ultimately lose its sense of safety and elevation. Even a beautifully motivated desire must be measured by its affect on the future.

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