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First Of The Land

10 Tammuz 5772 – June 29, 2012
There are 613 mitzvoth – we all know that. We also all know it is impossible for one person to perform all 613. Twenty-five mitzvot can only be performed in the Land of Israel, which leaves many Jews out in the cold, shall we say. After all, the people of Israel and the Land of Israel are inextricably intertwined; they are in fact dependent on one another for survival. But Judaism has a solution or as a modern Israeli would say, a “patent.” Mitzvot can be performed by proxy; by taking a part in a mitzvah one merits a share in the whole.

Tzitzit, Tefillin, And Women

2 Tammuz 5772 – June 21, 2012
Question: Why don’t women wear tzitzit and tefillin?

An Almost Successful Baal Teshuvah

25 Sivan 5772 – June 14, 2012
Question: Someone tried to observe Shabbat but could not hold out from violating its laws in the latter part of the day. Does he receive a reward for the amount of Shabbat he observed? Or is reward based on the principle of “all or nothing”? In other words, does Shabbat observance require a total commitment such that partial observance is comparable to not observing Shabbat altogether?

Celebrating A Bar Mitzvah

18 Sivan 5772 – June 7, 2012
Question: Why do we celebrate when a boy becomes bar mitzvah?

The Book And The Sword

3 Sivan 5772 – May 23, 2012
The forthcoming debate over an updated Tal Law – the parameters for service by haredim in the Israel Defense Forces – is liable to become heated and nasty. Mutual accusations will be hurled, with one group asserting that mandatory military service is part of an ill-disguised war against Torah and the other side seeking an equal sharing of the defense burdens that fall on most other Israelis.

Sefirat Ha’Omer At Sunset

25 Iyyar 5772 – May 16, 2012
Question: May one recite Sefirat Ha’Omer with a berachah after sunset (shekiah)?

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks: Holy People In The Holy Land

11 Iyyar 5772 – May 2, 2012
It is simply not the same to put on tefillin or keep kashrut or observe Shabbat in the Diaspora as in Israel. The Torah is the constitution of a holy people in the holy land. Only in Israel is the fulfillment of the commands a society-building exercise, shaping the contours of a culture as a whole. Only in Israel does the calendar track the rhythms of the Jewish year.

A Prayer From The Heart

8 Adar 5772 – March 1, 2012
Jonathan, who once wondered how he would ever get his son close to Hashem, now knows he wasn’t the only one who wanted it. Hashem had an interest in it as well, and made it all come together.

Demonstrations And Remonstrations On Agunah Day

7 Adar 5772 – February 29, 2012
Those who are subjected to emotional suffering tend to be kept out of society's line of sight. All the more so when society is either the cause of the suffering or can alleviate it and does not do so.

Obligating Oneself To Perform Mitzvot

16 Shevat 5772 – February 8, 2012
Question: Should a person try to observe mitzvot he is technically exempt from performing?

The Limits Of Chinuch (Part V)

9 Shevat 5772 – February 1, 2012
Question: Are there limitations to the mitzvah of chinuch?

The Limits Of Chinuch (Part IV)

3 Shevat 5772 – January 26, 2012
Question: Are there limitations to the mitzvah of chinuch?

The Limits Of Chinuch (Part I)

10 Tevet 5772 – January 4, 2012
Question: Are there limits to the mitzvah of chinuch?

Yehudith: The Heroine Of Channukah

27 Kislev 5772 – December 22, 2011
“Women are obligated to participate in kindling the Chanukah lights,” instructs the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch, a nineteenth century commentary on the Shulchan Aruch, the basic Jewish legal text. And, surprisingly, even more: “A woman can light the candles for all the members of her family.”

Readers Ask: What Are We To Do?

27 Heshvan 5772 – November 23, 2011
For the past few weeks I have been writing about the crisis our Jewish community is witnessing, a crisis reminiscent of pre-Holocaust Europe that caught the Jewish community sleeping and unawares.

Students of Lubavitch Educational Center Reach Out

20 Heshvan 5772 – November 16, 2011
Elementary school children attending Lubavitch Educational Center (LEC) in Miami recently participated in an annual schoolwide campaign. The project reached out to the South Florida Jewish community and enabled many individuals to perform the mitzvot of Sukkot.

Hating Immorality

16 Heshvan 5772 – November 12, 2011
Question: Is a pious Jew allowed to desire the forbidden (as long, of course, as he doesn’t act on the desire)?

The Origins Of Discontent

It is difficult to remember the last time the United States was wracked with such dissension, discontent, protests, and economic hardship.

Torah Live’s Mezuzah Presentation – A New Approach To An Ancient Mitzvah

1 Tishri 5772 – September 28, 2011
Nowadays, Jewish parents and educators must ask themselves how they can present Torah and mitzvot in a way that speaks to this generation. To many youth today, Judaism’s rich heritage seems outdated, irrelevant and boring.

With All Your Soul

15 Nisan 5771 – April 18, 2011
The recent appalling murders in Itamar shocked everyone - not just settlers but every Jew without exception, because it wasn't the Fogel family alone whom the enemy wished to murder, but rather each and every one of us.

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