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The Sons of Elohim

The creation of the world is described twice. Each description serves a unique purpose.

The Beginning Of Time

I, the one who is housed inside this body, am completely and utterly spiritual.

The Image Of God In All Human Beings

If one hurts another human being, God is hurt; if one brings joy to another, God is more joyous.

Redeeming Relevance in the Weekly Parsha: Bereshit

Bereshit: Life includes hard choices that challenge our decisions, leaving lingering complications.

Bereishit: Thank You, God…For Making Me A Woman?‏

Rabbi Fohrman:" Great evils are often wrought by those who are blithely unaware of the power they wield."

The Real World Series Happens On Sukkos

Hashem created all human beings and it should sadden us when Hashem, their Father, does not see nachas from them.

Be Brave, Be Bold

When Hashem formed man, He gave him the keys to Creation. As the Midrash tells us, Hashem said to Adam, “This is your world now. You are in charge of it; take care that you don’t destroy it.”

Sukkot

Realizing that his death was immanent and he had only a few more moments, Moshe focuses on doing the most important thing: he runs to Bnei Yisrael and blesses them.

Ushpizin: Welcoming Everyone With Endless Love

The Sukka: Even if you find it difficult to come to the synagogue, the synagogue will come to you.

Is There Simchah On The First Night?

The Shagas Aryeh leaves the matter somewhat unresolved, and posits that on the first night one is only obligated in simchah m’d’Rabanan.

V’Zot Habracha: Looking Towards the Future‏

The Jewish world today is a critical part of the timeline in Jewish history.

Yom Kippur: The Freedom To Flow

Often in life we become stuck – stuck in the morass of our habits and the rote of our comfort level.

Yom Kippur: Purification

There is one day of the year on which the Satan has no power: Yom Kippur.

Shabbos: A Day With Hashem: Three Times Holy

During shmittah we refrain from agricultural activities and collection of loans, and on Yom Kippur we refrain from all physical pleasures.

Awaiting The Dawn Of A Bright Day

What right do I, sinner, have to approach Hashem and request forgiveness?

Teshuvah Is Easy; Change Is Difficult

Imagine a man who, after having a few too many drinks, gets into his car and begins driving. It takes a while before he is pulled over, but finally the police arrest him, and he stands trial for driving while intoxicated.

Making Kiddush On Shabbos Yom Kippur

Others suggest that one cannot separate Shabbos from Yom Kippur by accepting Shabbos early.

The Meaning Of Teshuvah

Ba’al Shem Tov: “Hashem, too, is crying; as much as He is looking for us, we rarely look for Him.”

Reflections On The Shofar

On Rosh Hashanah we are taught that true self-analysis involves the breaking down of walls

An Important Meeting

When we hear the words "Rosh Hashana is coming" it really means Hashem Himself is coming!

Why Do Women Recite Birchas Hatorah?

While women are exempt from actually learning Torah, they are obligated in a different aspect of the mitzvah.

Ha’azinu: A Unique Nation

Once we recognize that our separation from God is our fault, how do we repair it?

In Pursuit Of Righteousness

To choose life, you must examine your actions in the period preceding the Days of Awe as an unbiased stranger, and render your decision.

The Gym And The Spa

This world has its purpose; it has been ideally fashioned to allow man to grow.

Rosh Hashanah: 5775

Perhaps the most important leadership lesson Elkana taught us is to never underestimate the difference a single person can make.

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