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Korach: Can We Change God’s Mind?

In this week's video, Rabbi Fohrman points to two fascinating stories which force us to ask a theological question: what impact, if any, can we have on God? Is it possible for us to influence God?

Parshat Korach: How Should Jewish Leaders Handle Challenges to their Authority?

Korach assembles the people against Moshe - but did they actually engage in, or threaten to engage in, disobedience?  The text as we have it records NO active illegality.

Shabbos Mevorchim Tammuz

Their heartache is unimaginable, yet they persevere with their life’s mission with a fervency and faith, seemingly fortified by the tragedy that rocked their world.

Parshat Shelach

MacArthur was more than simply an expert in the writing and delivery of sound bites.

TORAH SHORTS: Parshat Shelach

Clothes make the human: "Modesty is the conscience of the body." Honore de Balzac

AlephBeta: Shelach: Optimism vs. Pessimism

Are pessimists just rationalists, and is hope just naivete?

I Spy

I can empathize with the Children of Israel wanting to send spies to see the land they were to conquer. Once they could see with x-ray vision, "The entire people saw the thunder...the sound of the shofar" but now, no longer

Redeeming Relevance: Parsht Shelach: When Silence is not Golden

Yehoshua and Calev's mistake was what they could have done earlier: They must have known their colleagues’ negative inclination. The Torah’s silence on whether they tried to change the mind of the other spies speaks to their own silence as well.

The Daughters Of Zelophechad (Bava Batra 119b)

The case of yibum concerns the married man who dies without leaving any sons.

Hating The Jews

One reason commonly cited for anti-Semitism is simply jealousy.

To Be A Twin

Who are these twins and what are we supposed to learn from them? If we can answer this question, we will know our job for this time of the year.

Beha’alotcha: Accepting Our Children

Rabbi Fohrman delves deeper into the Priestly Blessing and its relevant lessons,

The Heavenly Complaint Department – Parshat B’ha’alotcha

God wants us to complain about the spiritual things being denied to us, not about additional creature comforts.

the Dark Clouds

Moses acted properly in his role of prophet but he failed in his role as a husband; he did not see Tziporah's suffering, her black cloud.

Moshe Rabbeinu’s Other Wife: A Case of Midrash and Masoret

Did Moshe go to Ethiopia as an accepted Egyptian prince, or as part of his escape after killing the Egyptian? Was his marriage a genuine and consummated relationship, or a purely political alliance?

Tefillah: A Meeting With Hashem: Up The Mountain

But how, indeed, do we push all our worries and plans out of our minds while we daven?

Being A Nazir Isn’t For Everyone

We must never forget that each person has his specific purpose...

The Ultimate System Of Self-Perfection

The Even Ezra is teaching us a fundamental concept in growth: that we can shape our very reality.

PARSHAS NASO: The Triple Pattern

One of the highlights of Parshas Naso is the Priestly Blessing. The text of this blessing, which the Kohanim bestow upon the Jewish people,...

Living Between the Lines – Parshat Naso

There are three very unique personalities we meet in this week's Parsha.

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Naso: The Place of the Displaced, the Replaced and the Misplaced

Three laws seemingly unconnected and out of place: theft from a convert; sotah; and nazir. Why are they here, in Parshat naso?

“Yet More From My Students!”

I look toward Shavuot as an opportunity to not only absorb the Torah's wisdom, but as a chance to apply its wisdom so well that God the Teacher will look at us say, "Yet more have I received from My students"

Naso: What Does The Torah Teach About Parenting?

The Torah may be suggesting something different than we have ever expected: the way we ask God to treat us may also be the way we ourselves should treat our children.

Elite Stagnancy

One who teaches his friend's son Torah is analogous to the father himself.

Not Where You’re At But Where You’re Coming From

The point is that they hold up a picture of that man. Not a picture of the Chasam Sofer.

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