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Sefirat Ha’Omer At Sunset

Question: May one recite Sefirat Ha’Omer with a berachah after sunset (shekiah)?

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks: Holy People In The Holy Land

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

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

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

Question: Should a person try to observe mitzvot he is technically exempt from performing?

The Limits Of Chinuch (Part V)

Question: Are there limitations to the mitzvah of chinuch?

The Limits Of Chinuch (Part IV)

Question: Are there limitations to the mitzvah of chinuch?

The Limits Of Chinuch (Part I)

Question: Are there limits to the mitzvah of chinuch?

Yehudith: The Heroine Of Channukah

“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?

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

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

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

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

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.

What Happened To Faith?

As an Orthodox rabbi living and working on Manhattan's Upper West Side, I'm thrilled to see so many single men and women actively involved in Torah and mitzvot. This is also the case in Queens, Brooklyn, Long Island, and wherever else singles are found. Whereas in the not so distant past the observance level of many Orthodox singles dropped the longer they remained single, today there are more scrupulously observant single men and women than ever before.

Q & A: Two Adars (Conclusion)

QUESTION: I have a few questions regarding the Jewish leap year. Why do we always add a second Adar as opposed to adding a second Tevet or Iyar for example? Why do we call it Adar Alef? Why is Purim celebrated in the second Adar? And which Adar is the real Adar?Shea Aronovitch(Via E-Mail)

Q & A: Two Adars (Part II)

QUESTION: I have a few questions regarding the Jewish leap year. Why do we always add a second Adar as opposed to adding a second Tevet or Iyar for example? Why do we call it Adar Alef? Why is Purim celebrated in the second Adar? And which Adar is the real Adar?Shea Aronovitch(Via E-Mail)

What’s In A Name? Everything!

I once asked my parents why they had named me Chana Malka, and they responded: "We didn't, the rabbis named you." For the longest time, I chose to be content with that answer, but then again, for the longest time I chose to be content with my assumed religious identity, and never felt the need to examine either subject too closely. I am the daughter of two loving parents, a non-Jewish mother and a Jewish father.

The Transformative Effect Of A Deafblind Shabbaton

Since the 1960s, Our Way, a program of the Orthodox Union, has been establishing initiatives on behalf of Jewish deaf throughout North America. Participants...

A Nation’s Loss

While Shylock, in Shakespeare's play, might have used the plural as a rhetorical device, his words speak to a greater truth about community and nation. When we look at a country and wonder why it behaves in the way it does - with charity, belligerence, etc. - we are seeing an entity functioning as an individual might, often driven by the same emotions, ethics and sense of justice.

Torah Made Easy – Just Be A Mentch

In my previous column I noted how the great sage Hillel, when asked to teach the entire Torah in the time it took for a man to stand on one leg, stated without hesitation that people should not do to others what they wouldn't want done to them - and that the rest was commentary on that point.

Israel’s True Road Map: From Physical To Spiritual Redemption

As Jews in Israel and all over the world prepare to celebrate Shavuot, it is incumbent upon us to take the time to reflect on the meaning of our traditional values and history with regard to our current challenges and goals.

A Night Of Joy

Judaism is meticulous about the manner in which it celebrates Festivals. We eat matzah on Pesach because it recalls the suddenness of the Exodus that happened so quickly there was no time for the dough to rise. On Sukkot, we leave our homes and establish residence in a sukkah to remember, "In sukkot did I house the children of Israel when I took them out of Egypt."

Homosexuality And Halacha: Five Critical Points

This short essay will develop five critical points for responding to the voices within the broader community that seek to accept and legitimize homosexual conduct, an activity that directly contradicts the dictates of halacha.

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