Hashem simply goes beyond the letter of the law in His love for us.
It was Moses who mediated with God.
Historians currently assume the Bible was written between 720 BCE and 587 BCE, between the destruction of the Northern Kingdom and the destruction of Jerusalem.
Can you recall any time you hurt someone, perhaps a friend, neighbor, family member, fellow congregant or business associate?
Seeing the sight of Jesus on a cross must have made them feel like they were seeing Avodah Zara in the Beis HaMikdash.
Temptations are ways of teaching people about G-d and the incredible human capacity for compassion and spiritual depth.
The name would impose an "undue burden on him that as a human being he cannot fulfill," the judge wrote.
An ugly etrog is still an etrog, but a beautiful lemon is never an etrog.
When it came to comparisons with the Third Reich, it appears the first Klausenburger Rebbe had his priorities straight.
On the face of it, the test is simple: if what the prophet predicts comes to pass, he is a true prophet; if not, not. Clearly, though, it was not that simple.
Rabbi Avigdor Miller did not want to publish this work during his lifetime. He felt that so soon after the Holocaust it would upset survivors
Hirsi Ali was handed the microphone and, 16 months later, her words remain imprinted on my brain: "Even if you give them Jerusalem, there will be no peace."
These stories all have to do with the mitzvah of tzedakah whose source is in this week’s parshah.
The collective subconscious that pulls the young people of Tel Aviv’s trendy Shenkin Street to alternative lamentations on the city rooftops discovers something in Tisha B’Av.
For the first and only time, Moses invokes a miracle to prove the authenticity of his mission
Today he might be terrorist, a peace-loving Arab. Or maybe he is a dead suicide bomber. In 1990, he was 8 years old when he hurled rocks at the bus I was guarding.
Do we really need to be biometrically marked like animals just to counter the plague of forged identity cards?
What does it mean when we say that man was created in the image of God?
Is it appropriate for players like Tim Tebow to make grand gestures of prayer to a Master of the World Who has His Hands full dealing with much more important things?
Challenging God in the face of suffering is not blasphemous.
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