Praying For A Hero

Until he got sick, Yudi, of course, had never missed a day of wearing tefillin since his bar mitzvah.

The Day After

The Torah offers us something new: learning for the sake of learning. In the world of competition this is something exceptional.

Keeping The Peace

Discord and divide in government has trickled down to the everyday man.

All People Are Created In G-d’s Image

One can recognize a gadol, a leader of our people, in how that person respects and values all people. A gadol doesn’t judge or offer a disparaging word against people who are not religious, nor does he degrade a non-Jew.

Q & A: Making Up For What We Missed (Part VII)

Question: The Covid-19 pandemic has put an end to almost all public gatherings; hence, much of Jewish congregational ritual has come to a halt. Is there a way to make up for everything we missed? M. Goldman

What If It’s Shabbos There But Not Here?

Asking a factory to stay open on Shabbos local time while one is in a different (earlier) time zone is like asking a non-Jew to work on one’s behalf on Shabbos, which is not allowed.

Should We Head Back To Shul?

We’re expected to take massive precautions when it comes to chillul Hashem. In our world of instant viral media, we cannot afford to make a misstep when it comes to misbehaving in the eyes of the non-Jews.

Loneliness and Faith

I believe that isolation contains, within it, spiritual possibilities.

Daf Yomi

Satisfaction Guaranteed ‘The Divine Presence Rests Only On One Who Is Wise, Strong…’ (Shabbos 92a)

Is It Proper…? For bar mitzvah boys: Should you give them a sefer in...

For bar mitzvah boys: Should you give them a sefer in Hebrew, which they may not be able to read for another five years (or perhaps ever), or should you give them something in English?

A Coriander Conundrum

Ultimately, when Antoninus pointed out that doing so would totally erase his progeny, Rebbe encouraged the Roman official to have mercy on his deviant daughter.

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Behaalotecha: Just Trying to Improve Things

In this week's parsha, there is an unusually insightful process of how a little complaint can undermine a gigantic and noble enterprise:

Daf Yomi

Let’s Talk Size / ‘He Took Out Wood to Cook an Egg…’ / (Shabbos 89b)

Let’s Learn From History

The meraglim were worried about losing their elevated stature upon entering Eretz Yisrael and thus said the chances of conquering the land were low.

Are Conversion Standards In Israel Too Harsh?

R. Bentzion Meir Chai Uziel writes that when a non-Jewish woman is already married to a Jew, she will grow closer to the Torah as her husband's family if we convert her.

An Exodus Of Souls

By observing a mitzvah, we rise and become united with, and absorbed in, Hashem’s holiness and infinitude.

From The Virus To Mount Sinai

We did not huddle together because of Pharaoh or the Egyptians or the Nazis or any other threat.

The Blessing Of Love

Why does this command and no other require love?

The Missing Shul

I daven that this will be the last Shavuos we will be forced to be socially distant from each other. Missing you all and pining to get back home.

Why Was Moshe Scared?

It is man’s triumph over his yetzer hara that brings true honor to Hashem.

Where’s The Gold?

Rabbi Pinchas Eliyahu Horowitz (1765-1821) writes that Ophir is Peru, where large deposits of gold are supposedly concentrated.

Can One Take In Shavuot Early?

The practice to wait until tzeit ha'kochavim has no basis in Chazal or Rishonim.

Ari Fuld on Shavuot: On the Indigenous People of Israel and Why There is...

Ari talks about the holidays of Shavuot and Yom Kippur, the Shofar that connects the two holidays, and the indigenous people of the Land of Israel.

Q & A: Was The Torah Given On Shavuot?

Question: Was the Torah actually given on Shavuos? From my study of this question, it seems like the answer is not clear. Leah Weigner

Experiencing Shavuos as We Spiral Through Time

Our mission is to make this Shavuos the next step in our evolutionary spiral through time. We must not only re-accept what we have already accepted, we must take it to the next level,

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