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Melachot, Permanence, And Umbrellas

23 Kislev 5773 – December 6, 2012
Certain activities – such as building, tying, weaving, writing, dyeing and sewing – are not prohibited on Shabbat unless they are made to last. For example, one may tie a knot that is not tied in a professional manner and will be untied within seven days, such as shoelaces or the ribbon around the Torah scroll, on Shabbat afternoon. So too a safety pin may be used on Shabbat since it is not a form of permanent sewing.

It’s All Happening at the Central Bus Station

21 Kislev 5773 – December 4, 2012
Emunah, the very heart of the Torah, teaches us what God and the Nation of Israel are all about.

Confessions of a Brain Surgeon

20 Kislev 5773 – December 3, 2012
While my writing may be blunt and painful to some, I don’t blame the Jews in the Diaspora for their misunderstanding of what the Torah is really all about.

New Diaspora Religion: Bagelism

19 Kislev 5773 – December 2, 2012
Pure Judaism? Without the Land of Israel? Sorry, but that isn’t Judaism. It’s a new religion.

Have You Made A Difference In Someone’s Life?

17 Kislev 5773 – November 30, 2012
A rose that I picked from our garden to enhance the beauty of our sukkah is so exquisite that visitors remarked that they didn’t realize it was “real” until they noticed the water in the vase.

Don’t Let Santa Fool You

15 Kislev 5773 – November 28, 2012
Just so the jolly little elves and white-bearded Santas don’t fool you, it pays to recall the truth about Christianity.

Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition

7 Kislev 5773 – November 20, 2012
In times of trouble like these, it behooves us to remember a phrase made popular in song after the attack in Pearl Harbor during World War II. A phrase that speaks to Hishtadlus: Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition.

Letter to Our Son After Shabbat

5 Kislev 5773 – November 18, 2012
So know that I am with you. So is your mother. The whole Shabbat, she waited for the moment she could turn on the radio to learn what was happening.

Emunah In G-d

3 Kislev 5773 – November 16, 2012
Our forefathers were giants when it came to having faith and a belief that G-d would take care of them. Nothing worried them save that they wasted time not studying our holy Torah. They relied on G-d to take care of their needs.

Melachot And Intent

1 Kislev 5773 – November 14, 2012
The juxtaposition in the Torah of the laws of Shabbat and the Mishkan, the Sanctuary, not only serves to identify the 39 melachot prohibited on Shabbat but also determines the conditions that must exist before one can be held liable for performing a melachah. One of these conditions is intent.

The Rare Torah Oracle

Rebecca, hitherto infertile, became pregnant. Suffering acute pain, she went to inquire of the Lord – “vateilech lidrosh et Hashem” (Bereishit 25:22). The explanation she received was that she was carrying twins who were contending in her womb. They were destined to do so long into the future.

God Works in Mysterious and Especially Tiny Ways (Video)

28 Heshvan 5773 – November 13, 2012
Once the lone star tic bites you, you could die, God forbid, from eating meat.

Over Here, my Rain Is Happy!

28 Heshvan 5773 – November 12, 2012
Before Shabbat, the Heavens opened with a symphony of thunder and lightning, and the great blessing of rain washed over the Land of Israel in answer to our prayers. Like I do every year with the very first rain, I hurried outside and danced in joy, laughing happily as the raindrops splashed on my face.

Title: One Shot

25 Heshvan 5773 – November 9, 2012
ne Shot, authored by M. Wiseman, is an emotional drama that focuses on issues faced by some teens nowadays. In Suburbia, U.S.A., lived three extraordinary young men, Baruch, Nadav and Rafi. Nadav and Rafi have been friends forever, and Baruch joins the crew in his later teens. Pain is the bond that brings the threesome together. Baruch and Nadav have emotional pain and Rafi suffers from a physical pain; he discovered that he had advanced-stage cancer. The cancer was serious – too serious for the doctors, so they eventually stopped treating him.

The Voice of a Child

21 Heshvan 5773 – November 5, 2012
Children should be seen and not heard. It was a maxim that I heard many times throughout my childhood and which caused me a fair amount of frustration. When, I often wondered, would I cross that invisible line and move out of the periphery to which I was assigned, into the arena of adulthood and be given the chance to express an opinion that people would listen to?

Get Angry at Rashi – Not at Me!

14 Heshvan 5773 – October 29, 2012
Two Torah scholars were sent from Israel to Babylon. Upon their arrival, they took part in official ceremonies and didn’t reveal the purpose of their visit. They were received with great honor. Gradually, they started to vent their opposition. Finally, they entered a crowded assembly and said to the Jews of Babylon, “Behold, you are a great congregation. You can be independent. You don’t need Eretz Yisrael. You don’t need Mount Moriah.” Their sarcasm was purposely stinging in order to shock the Babylonian Jews. “And you’ve also got Rabbi Ahia here. Let Ahia build an altar, and let Haninah play on a harp. But know that if you detach yourselves from the centrality of Eretz Yisrael, you have no portion in the God of Israel!”

Lech Lecha: The Most Important Lesson We Can Teach Our Kids (And Ourselves)

11 Heshvan 5773 – October 26, 2012
The new Jewish year is still young. The new Parshas HaShavua cycle is but a few weeks old. It is indeed time for new beginnings.

Q & A: A Mother’s Mitzvah (Part III)

9 Heshvan 5773 – October 24, 2012
Question: I am a single mother of young children. Their father has shirked all his responsibilities to them. I do my best for my children, but it isn’t easy. Isn’t their father in serious violation of the Torah by neglecting his children and not making any effort to provide them an education? No Name Please (Via E-Mail)

Sarah Silverman is Not to Blame

3 Heshvan 5773 – October 18, 2012
To be perfectly honest, until yesterday, I had never heard of Sarah Silverman. I never saw a photo or a video of her; I never heard her jokes, nothing. While a great deal of junk American culture seeps into the Land of Israel, still we are sheltered from much of it, thank G-d, and I never heard her name mentioned in Israel at all. Until yesterday, when to my surprise and chagrin, I saw the immodest photo of her on the homepage of The Jewish Press, in her sleeveless top and her butt sticking into the air. Gevalt! Reading on about the silly fuss, I was further chagrined

Is Half a Loaf Really Better than No Loaf?

2 Heshvan 5773 – October 17, 2012
I do not question Rabbi Zev Farber’s sincerity. I even applaud his resolve to right what he sees to be wrong in the way we practice Judaism today. But I do not agree with him at all on the way to do it. In a recent article on Morethodoxy, Rabbi Farber suggests that we change the paradigm with respect to a woman’s role in Judaism. His contention is that women are (at best) inadvertently ignored and mistreated vis-à-vis their public religious personae. Their current place in the synagogue is where this is mostly felt.

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