Everything you see – from the flower to the bee, from the oceans to the mountains, rivers and planets, the sun, the moon, and the stars – all just sort of happened. No designer. No creator.
The primary quality of anyone judging another is that the judge first know how to judge himself. If he cannot honestly examine his own behavior, how can he possibly judge someone else's?
The Torah's standard for convicting a criminal is set much higher than many contemporary systems of law, that accept one witness. In practice, that means the Torah prefers to let criminals off, rather than punish the innocent
What does it mean to be a student of Hashem? It means, at least in part, to study Torah for Him.
Leaders must be able to identify these existential, or Dunkirk moments, and act accordingly.
If we use this propitious time wisely, Hashem will forgive our iniquities of the whole year and grant us a new, clean slate.
While it is true that life is a battle, and exerting self-control is the primary vehicle of growth, Hashem created us to be happy.
Our attitude, how we see the world, how we perceive things, how we react, how we internalize the reality around us, that will determine whether we are blessed or cursed. It is completely in our hands.
This week's portion, Re'ei, speaks of our need for a sense of place, how difficult it often is to find, and how we must protect others' sense of place. It also addresses the sanctity of the Land of Israel
A society that structures its economic institutions to make all genuine partners fulfills the mitzvah of tzedakah. A society that institutionalizes dependence, no matter how reliably it provides for its dependents, has turned them into pierced slaves
We know Hashem metes out many life tests. But where have we seen that not having to struggle is a challenge?
Re'ei is about the opportunity to restore the 'Hearing To See; rejected by Adam and Eve, and again by Israel at Revelation. If we master the higher hearing of Eikev, we will be granted the clear Vision offered in Re'ei.
Is the source for saying Birkat HaMazon as obvious as we normally assume?
This explains why the geulah is mentioned in almost half of the brachos of Shemoneh Esrei, as these prayers are what Hashem is waiting for.
The questions have thus led us to at least two major hashkafic issues: the status of Jewish life outside Israel, and the connection between virtue and success in this world.
Sovereignty over any foreign land is insecure. -Seneca the Elder
Simply understood, this ballad is an ode to the Jewish woman - who is valorous in her great role of wife and mother.
Why does the huge, powerful horse submit to the will of the little, weak man?
The ninth of Av became a harbinger of the numerous tragedies we would suffer throughout the exile.
Drawing on the Maharal, Rabbi Fohrman gives us a novel approach to faith, and challenges us to rise to this level of intimacy with God and with each other.
The Tisha b'Av experience is a spiritual affliction, "Acedia," a "sadness, a disgust with life, which comes from our inability to get along with ourselves, our disunion with God."
As the Jewish nation and the Jewish state become more powerful, we have a greater responsibility to contribute more resources to developing nations. It would be a Kiddush HaShem.
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.
Why was it so hard for Lot to admit subordination to Avraham
The mindset of risking one's life for the cause can only be acquired once the civilian mindset of self-preservation is unlearned.