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What’s Your Name?

9 Elul 5774 – September 4, 2014
There are three Jewish crowns: the crown of Torah, the crown of priesthood, and the crown of kingship.

Pirkei Avot: Midat Sedom

19 Sivan 5774 – June 17, 2014
According to the Maharal, Sedomites' inability to perform chesed catalyzed their fall into a pit of immorality.

Parshat Behar-Bechukotai

26 Iyyar 5772 – May 17, 2012
In a famous photo, President John F. Kennedy is seen facing the windows of the Oval Office with his back to the camera. Slightly bent over, with his hands spread out on a credenza, he appears in deep and painful thought. The caption of the picture says it all: “The Loneliest Job.” Only the relatively few people who have been President of the United States truly understand the enormity of the job’s burden. It is for this reason presidents, despite their party affiliation, and often after leaving office, develop close bonds with one another, give the current office holder the benefit of the doubt and make themselves available to whoever may be president at the moment to help and advise.

‘All Your Deeds Are Written In A Book’

16 Shevat 5772 – February 8, 2012
Recently, I discovered a frum website, www.jewish-e-books.com, that allows one to download hundreds of Jewish books – both in English and Hebrew. Having written a sefer myself, I was able to get it put on their website.

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)?

A Father’s Shining Life

14 Sivan 5770 – May 26, 2010
The 14th of Sivan (May 27) marks the tenth yahrzeit of my father, Zechariah Schwarzberg, z"l, a man who experienced the worst humanity had to offer and responded with the best the human spirit could muster.

Appreciate Life By Saying ‘Thank You’

14 Adar I 5768 – February 20, 2008
One of the subjects I was taught as a young child in the excellent day school I attended in Toronto (at the time called Associated Hebrew Day Schools) was Tefillah.

Q & A: Avot Between Pesach And Shavuot

27 Sivan 5764 – June 16, 2004
QUESTION: I have numerous questions regarding Pirkei Avot. First, is there a specific reason that the last chapter is read on the Sabbath before Shavuot, or is this just a quirk of the calendar? Second, in that last chapter we find a listing of qualities that enable one to acquire Torah knowledge, including anava (humility). I find this difficult to believe in light of the Gemara in Gittin that chastises one of the scholars for his anava, which ultimately caused the destruction of the Beit Hamikdash.Zvi Kirschner(Via E-Mail)

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