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I’m Never Wrong

Even if the Egyptians prided themselves on ingenuity and advancements, they had to know they were most likely wrong when it came to accurately knowing when midnight was.

Why Do We Light Shabbos Candles?

What growth can we achieve through the mitzvah of lighting special candles for Shabbos? What lesson does Hashem want us to learn from this mitzvah?

TORAH SHORTS: Parshat Bo: Self-inflicted Escalating Punishments

Pharaoh's stubbornness dooms Egypt. Had he let the Jews go at the first request, Egypt would have been spared from all the pain, death and destruction--the blame is his, neither Israel's nor G-d's

What to do with IT

Understanding time, tefillin, and Torah and how they inexorably lead to: Empowerment

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Bo: When the Lights GO OFF

How did the Jews find grace in the eyes of the Egyptians, receiving gifts from their Egyptian neighbors as they left, when they were perceived as the source of all the plagues and destruction?

Parshat Vaeira

The Civil War was a conventional war with large massed armies arrayed against each other in set battles. These battles were more or less governed by accepted rules of war.

Being Like Hashem

This story is compelling because Ford didn’t care about anyone but himself. He didn’t choose to be kind.

Are You Listening?

God hears, and responds. God hears our prayers, and in so doing, gives voice to a powerful message of love. Can you hear it?

IF A FROG JUMPED INTO A FIERY FURNACE, WOULD YOU JUMP TOO?

How seriously should we take frogs as halakhic authorities? On one level the answer is clear: not at all. Frogs do not have free will, or moral responsibility, and anyone one who thinks this midrash believes otherwise defames Chazal.  Froggish martyrdom cannot teach us proper Jewish behavior, any more than froggish diet can teach us that insects are kosher.

Your Middos Are Killing You

A therapist will show the child a picture of a person’s face and then help her identify the emotion that person was most likely feeling.

You Count

A devar torah you can 'count on.' Shabbat Shalom from the Foundation Stone

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Shemot: When to Bring the Family and What to Share on...

In our day of media over-reporting, we often think that we should know everything about our leaders. Perhaps it is better to know too little than too much. For when it comes to ethics, the Torah spares no one in reporting what falls short of the mark.

Parshas Vayechi

Each one of us has his own role and path - so there is no reason to be jealous of another person.

Gedolim Had It Easy

For the next twenty years Yaakov was an unwelcome intruder in a culture alien to his nature, eating at the very table of a father-in-law who attempted in any way possible to swindle and cheat him.

The Shabbos Clothes Make The Man

There is a ubiquitous custom amongst the Jewish People to dress up in our finest outfits on Shabbos. This mitzvah is so special to the Jewish People that most Torah-observant Jews divide their wardrobe into two parts – Shabbos clothing and weekday clothing

Blink Of An Eye

His predecessor had heard from many dignitaries urging Shalom Morchechai’s release but did not act.

TORAH SHORTS: Vayechi

The second gathering will be that of the ten tribes during the final redemption, bringing together all the tribes of Israel after millennia of separation, something that we see unfolding before our very eyes.

Yehuda And Yosef: Profound Symbols

The depths of Torah SheBiksav are grasped through Torah SheBaal Peh. Hashem commands Yechezkel to unite these two making them into one.

Life Is Like A Video Game

This Midrash is very difficult to understand. Every word Yaakov said was true. He did live a very difficult life. He was beset with troubles and distress. He suffered for decades.

TORAH SHORTS: Vayigash: Angry Words

There is no better way to inflame a situation than by answering anger with anger; and there is no better way to forestall a fight than to answer anger with calm.

Redeeming Relevance: What was so Bad about Ya’akov’s Life?

If Ya’akov’s words to Pharaoh were just an exercise in self-mortification about what was too late to change, there would be little to learn from them. But if, as is more likely, they represented part of a strategy of how to continue improving, there is actually a great deal we can learn from them.

Parshat Mikeitz

You cannot decide whether we should fight or not. We will... That decision is taken...

Beis HaMikdash – Spiritual Power Source

The Bach seems to be saying that all that was to befall the Jewish people was because we no longer approached the Avodah with the appropriate sense of purpose, and therefore it was taken from us.

The Dream in the Flame

Like Yosef, the Chashmonaim were dreamers. Chanukah is the story of dreamers: defeating a mighty army, recapturing and rededicating the Temple, finding a single jar of ritually pure oil in the rubble

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