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Tackling The Torah’s Ambiguities: A Reflection On Methodology

In their zeal to uphold the law, they became destroyers rather than builders.

Hakarat Hatov (Part two)

One has only to look at the amount of discoveries in science and medicine, the arts and in education to appreciate the vital role that the Jews have played.

The Mouse Is Smarter Than Me: Preparing For Rosh Hashanah

It is hard to believe that Elul is upon us and that the Day of Judgment is only one month away. In a short 30 days we must face our Creator and have our deeds evaluated in the hopes of a receiving a merciful blessing for a good and healthy year. We spend the month of Elul focused on repentance, and we learn the holy books of mussar to inspire us to grow and change.

The Sin of the Spies – Perspective

The message of the Biblical account of the Spies has tremendous relevance today, here in the modern State of Israel. With a nuclear threat from Iran, enemy states on its borders, the ever-constant fear of terrorism, and pressure from the International Community, Israel is not without its challenges. But it’s also the ‘Start Up Nation,’ with a healthy, growing economy when most of the world’s economies are failing.

What Defines A Good School?

He always impressed me with his brilliance and erudition. But it was his warm remarks and his sincere concern that made me want to please him.

Teaching Israel

How is it possible that some of our people cannot see what I see, the miracle of the existence of the state of Israel?

This Week's Luach

New York City
CANDLE LIGHTING TIME
Jan. 10, 2003 - 7 Shevat 5763
4:27 p.m. E.S.T.

The Great Chase

When we celebrate the completion of learning a section of Torah, we recite the Hadran.

This Week's Luach

New York City
CANDLE LIGHTING TIME
Jan. 17, 2003 - 14 Shevat 5763
4:35 p.m. E.S.T.
Sabbath Ends: 5:45 p.m. E.S.T.

How To Make Good Memories: Remembering The Critical Parts Of Our Lives

Have you noticed that we seem to have preferential memory for the unpleasant things that happen to us? Try as we might to provide our children with good experiences and positive memories, it is the memories that evoke fear, pain, sadness, etc. seem to be the ones that stand out.

Appropriate Zealousness

What about other cases? What about other scenarios that offend and disgrace the honor of Hashem? How do we know when to act and how to act?

The Power of Kedusha

Hashem told Moshe that the miracle of the staffs would remove the complaint that Bnei Yisrael still had.

Q & A: ‘Its Reading Is Its Praise’

QUESTION: On Purim we read the Megilla but do not recite Hallel, unlike other holidays. I am told that the Talmud teaches that the Megilla replaces Hallel. If so, could the Passover Haggadah replace Hallel as well? (Yet we do say Hallel on Passover.) I also remember learning that there is a connection between the holidays of Purim and Passover. Please explain.Andy Goodman(Via e-mail)

Shabbat, The Foundation Of Our Heritage

We think we have the power to make choices and to effect change in this world – that we are in control of our own destiny.

My Father, My Teacher

We studied his seforim together, we listened to famous cantorial masters and we spoke of his illustrious yichus, his pedigree, dating back to the famous commentator, Rashi.

Believing In Our Children

A leader that has lost faith in his people cannot lead his people and conquer the land of Israel.

‘Torah Live’

Rabbi Dan Roth's very first day teaching in yeshiva did not at all go as planned. After learning in kollel for many years in some of the best yeshivos in Israel, Rabbi Roth got his first job teaching in a program for teens-at-risk. A short time before taking the job, he wrote a sefer on modern-day lessons gleaned from the teachings of Pirkei Avos. In the process of writing the book, he realized that he had a talent for making Torah concepts relevant and down-to-earth.

Inside-Out

In our story a couple of kids discover Chanukah within the walls of a gym.

A Lifetime Guarantee

I rarely take the extended warranty when purchasing new electronics. I figure that this warranty must not be worth much if they feel the need to pressure me into buying it. They must know what I have learned the hard way: there is no such thing as a real guarantee. In my more naive days, I purchased this "peace of mind," as they call it, but never cashed in. Usually, by the time the item broke, I had forgotten about the extended warranty and purchased a replacement.

The Duality Of Being Jewish

To say that this respect for all people is vitally lacking amongst many of our Jewish brothers and sisters is an understatement.

Guard Your Tongue

This problem of speech control not only affects adults but also children in Day Schools and Yeshivot.

Loving Parking Tickets: Wearing The Right Glasses

Is it really possible for any self-respecting New Yorker to love parking tickets? I have seen those orange rectangular pieces of paper become the nemesis of society. As a result, those trying to earn a meager living giving out these tickets have become Public Enemy Number One. We view them as “out to get us,” deliberately attempting to make our lives miserable.

This Week's Luach

New York City
CANDLE LIGHTING TIME
Jan. 31, 2003 - 28 Shevat 5763
4:52 p.m. E.S.T.

Q & A: A Mohel’s Dilemma

QUESTION: May a mohel perform a bris for a non-Orthodox couple who adopt a Gentile infant whom they wish to raise as Jewish?No name pleaseLos Angeles, CA

A Time Of Comfort

If you can't control your mouth, then you don't deserve to be a part of the community, and hence your abode is out­side the camps of Israel.

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