LeKavod Shabbos Kodesh Nachamu

Why should we rejoice on Shabbos like those who received the Torah?

Greatness Lies In All Us

Not only is a person capable of saying Shema while being tortured and killed; he must do so.

Funny, You Don’t Look Jewish

It seemed they didn’t feel like they needed to talk much to me, so I wasn’t put on the spot, and I felt I fulfilled my duty properly.

Daf Yomi

The Sons Stirred Within Her ‘The Fetus Is a Limb of Its Mother’ (Temurah 30b)

Can Pro Bono Work Count As Maaser?

Accordingly, the obligation to give maaser kesafim may be fulfilled not only through money, but also through goods and services.

Our National Weapon (Part Four)

The gematria of shira, another form of prayer, is also 515, conveying the idea that when singing to Hashem we can repeatedly have the same specific thing in mind.

We’ve Fought Education Reformers Before

In the modern era, many nations introduced compulsory education and in the process tried compelling Jews to change their curricula.

The Shining Sea Of Galilee

It’s possible that this body of water actually does not have its own name and is identified instead by the most prominent city on its banks.

Rejoicing Already?

We know that if we don’t talk about it and tell the next generation about it, in a few more years it will be forgotten.

The Journey From The Refuge

" Nachamu, Nachamu, is not a repetition, but a Song of Act Two--uf new beginnings and of hope.

Why Is The Jewish People So Small?

Israel defies the laws of history because it serves the Author of history. Attached to greatness, it becomes great. Through the Jewish people, G-d is telling humankind that you do not need to be numerous to be great. Nations are judged not by their size but by their contribution to human heritage.

The Moon? Aim Closer To Home

“Man reached the moon. But man to man he has yet to reach.”

Is It Proper…? Should a Frum Jew Take Pride in the Achievement of Non-Frum...

Should a frum Jew take special pride in famous people who were Jewish but not frum and whose achievements have no evident connection to Judaism (e.g., Walter Rathenau, Richard Feynman, Danny Kaye, Bobby Fischer, Milton Friedman, Jascha Heifetz…)?
The Temple as seen in the Holyland Model of Jerusalem, a 21,520 sq. ft., 1:50 scale-model of the city of Jerusalem in the late Second Temple Period.

The Tisha B’Av of Yesterday AND Today

A few years ago, I realized something that changed the way I look at Tisha B’Av and while I can’t say I look forward to Tisha B’Av I started to focus on what I call “The Tisha B’Av of Today”. I focus on the national tragedies of what is happening right now – and what I can do to prevent them from continuing.

Q & A: The 15th Of Av

Question: If the fast of Tisha B’Av concludes the mourning period for the destruction of the Temple, why wait until the 15th of Av to rejoice?Sara Gutman

Sleep Tight

...the Torah is telling us that Og was so big and strong even as a baby that he needed a metal crib to contain him; otherwise he would have broken his bed.

Daf Yomi

The Contradiction That Yielded 50 Explanations 'He Says to His Maidservant: You Are Free' (Temura 25b)

Hashem Is In Charge

Originally, the brothers condemned Yosef for being a rodef, but in the end they were haggling over his clothing and extra shoes.

A Thought To Ponder Before Tisha B’Av

What was so unique at Sinai? What was different then? What do our sages mean when they state that we were “as one person with one heart”?

The Discerning Listener Catches The Story

If you are not attuned to the right frequency, then all of the signals in the world will pass you by.

Criticize or Praise?

It is the easiest to only praise, to be "all smiles and hearts," but if you truly care about someone, you do not flatter him. You help him become better.

Q & A: Tisha B’Av Restrictions

Question: Since learning Torah on Tisha B’Av is forbidden, why are we allowed to read from the Torah at Shacharit and Mincha of Tisha B’Av? (And is an aveil also forbidden to learn Torah?)Menachem

Redeeming Factors

What could Brigadier General Samuel want to speak about in a lecture about Judaism?

Our National Weapon (Part Three)

We should thus be on the lookout during the day for auspicious times to daven (i.e., right after performing a mitzvah).

Are We Born Courageous?

Whichever explanation of “taguru” is correct, the message of the pasuk is about fear. Fear of another human being cannot be a factor when pursuing justice.

A Lame Horse

"How much is the whole horse worth?" Feivel asked. "Go sell it and I'll pay you the difference to buy a new horse."

What Does The Moon Landing Teach Us?

The astronauts, too, had to follow every detail of their instructions, utterly negating their own desires.

The Teacher As Hero

Your life seems to be coming to a tragic end, your destination unreached, your aspirations unfulfilled. What do you do? WWMD?

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