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Tetzaveh: Where Is God in a Physical World?

How can God be both outside of space and time, and in our physical world?

A Diamond With A Flaw

One of the signs a diamond is real is that it has a flaw. While it may be a very minor imperfection and almost unnoticeable, all genuine diamonds have flaws.

Can A Non-Kohen Light The Menorah?

When the Rambam wished to give an example of how a non-kohen could light the menorah, why did he have to say that a kohen took the menorah outside of the Kodesh?

The Whole Is Greater Than The Sum Of The Parts

The Gemara mentions that the grape clusters refer to Moshe and Aharon, the paradigm of what a Jew can be.

Arbiter of Checks and Balances

Even the judiciary has its limits, based on the principles set forth at Sinai by the Almighty.

Parshas Terumah: The Value Of Effort

Winston Churchill repeated a grade during elementary school. He twice failed the exam to the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst. He later wrote, “Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never – in nothing, great or small, large or petty – never give in except to the convictions of honor and good sense. Never, Never, Never, Never give up!”

Hashem’s House As An Address For Prayer

The notion of a Temple, as either a temporary dwelling or as a permanent building at a specific site, is inherently difficult to understand. How can Hashem, the paradigm of perfect sanctity, coexist with our mundane, flawed universe? Infinity with the finite?

Book Money

Nachum was doing a research project on the Rambam for one of his courses. He borrowed a number of sefarim from his yeshiva's library for a month while writing the paper. When he completed the assignment, he gathered the sefarim together to return them to the library, but noticed that one sefer was missing.

The Mercy Of Hashem

It should come as no surprise that the people offered their donations to the Mishkan with zeal and enthusiasm.

Accidental Mitzvos

Although a mitzvah may not require kavanah, it may nevertheless require lishmah.

Jerusalem’s Unique Character and Holiness

Maimonides believes that even after the Roman conquest of Israel the land retained its holiness.

Shema Yisrael

Question: What is the message behind the most famous statement of Jewish faith: “Shema Yisrael”?

Shabbos Mevorchim Adar I

On this Shabbos Parshas Mishpatim, we bentch Shabbos Mevorchim Adar Rishon, Rosh Chodesh falling on Friday and Shabbos (January 31 and February 1). Mishenichnas Adar Marbin B’Simcha – with the beginning of Adar rejoicing is increased… by virtue of an extra Adar, our jubilation is extended this year.

Parshat Mishpatim

G-d, accordingly, is encouraging Moshe to not just focus on reaching the top of the spiritual mountain but remaining there as well, thus fully capitalizing on his gains.

Who’s To Judge?

Once a person receives it, he becomes personally attached to the one who gave it to him - so attached that now he will view that person's position as his own... and a person does not see his own faults!

Mishpatim: Female Servitude… Wait, What?

Worse, a female child, being sold by her parents!

Prayer and Action: the Integral Connection

One can serve with his or her hands or feet, but how does one serve with one's heart?

Our Creator’s Infinite Love

In Parshas Mishpatim, the Torah delineates various prohibitions and punishments. With regard to stealing, we see something unusual.

Must We Check For Treifos?

This week’s parshah contains the source for the halacha of following the rov (majority). The pasuk states: “acharei rabbim lehatos.” The Gemara in Chullin 11a says that this pasuk is referring to the Sanhedrin where the halacha follows the majority opinion of the judges.

Parshas Yisro

We specifically use our legs to celebrate to demonstrate our new completeness.

Inclusiveness at the Foot of Sinai

The idea that those who are handicapped have a place in Judaism is fundamental to Torah.

Learning To Enjoy This World

In the Aseres Ha’Dibros we are told Hashem pays back the wicked for four generations and the righteous for two thousand generations. Rashi explains the ratio of two thousand to four comes out to be five hundred to one. This teaches us the measure of good to bad in the world is five hundred to one.

The Nature Of The Mitzvah Of Kibud Av V’eim

The Ramban writes in Parshas Yisro that the luchos were divided into two categories: the first side was mitzvos bein adam lamakom, and the second side contained mitzvos bein adam lachaveiro. The Ramban adds that the mitzvah of kibud av v’eim is on the first side because it is indeed a mitzvah bein adam lamakom.

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