And so it was that the rabbi thanked the bestial terrorist for his sick act of atrocity, for it was precisely that act which became the extraordinary link to the doctors' saving the rabbi's life.
Giving Tzedakah At Night ‘Rabbi Chinena’s Mitzvah Performance’ (Shekalim 22a)
Distance has the same effect on the mind as on the eye. -Samuel Johnson
Will we still remember the importance of eating healthy now that we can again eat whatever we want outside?
How are we to understand Aharon’s silence? ... Does it mean that he couldn’t say anything, didn’t have any urge to say anything, or that he desperately wanted to cry out but controlled himself?
If children grow up saying whatever they want, it will be very hard for them to restrain themselves when they’re older even if they learn how egregious speaking lashon hara is.
You can imagine how great this person’s joy would be upon hearing this news and how he would count the days to his release from prison and his marriage to the princess.
The real contrast here, though, is the difference between Aaron and his two sons. They were, it seems, opposites. Aaron was over-cautious and had to be persuaded by Moses even to begin. Nadav and Avihu were not cautious enough. So keen were they to put their own stamp on the role of priesthood that their impetuosity was their downfall.
Question: What if one forgot to count Sefirah Thursday night and didn’t remember until Friday eve after accepting Shabbat early? May he count at that point before it turns dark and then continue saying the berachah for the Omer the next evening? Pesach Bernstein
When R’ Lopian finished speaking, the disciples were astounded to see their rebbe, R’ Schwadron, lie face down on the ground.
--and Why We Avoid it Nonetheless
Is it appropriate to discuss politics at the Shabbos table?
God and the Jewish people face opposition to their passionate relationship from a whole array of antagonists; the only protection from such attacks is more love
Freedom is not only about rights or privileges, but also about responsibilities.
I was in a place of bittul – of nothingness. I woke up each morning in a daze, not knowing what to do with myself. Life seemed eerily silent except for some annoying noise I heard every morning that I couldn’t place.
One people; one song
A Cake Walk ‘Through It the Water Trickled Out’ (Shekalim 17a)
Question: Why do we read Shir HaShirim on the Shabbat of Passover? Also, why don’t we recite a blessing before reading it as we do before reading Megillat Esther? Menachem
The Hebrew word for despairing – me’ya’eish – is spelled with two yuds, which spell the name of Hashem.
The Rebbe wasn’t worrying about Lubavitcher chassidim, chassidim in general, or even observant Jews – he was worrying about one Jew who may be isolated from Torah in one corner of the world!
Is being on time a Jewish value?
The author of the book Ronit Treatman, the daughter of Israeli diplomats who speaks several languages and lives in Philadelphia, was inspired to write the book after she became involved with the Bnei Anousim, the tens of millions of people around the world descended from forcibly converted Spanish and Portuguese Jews through the organization Reconectar.
Eruvin 13b For three years, the House of Hillel and the House of Shammai argued. One said, 'The halakha is like us,' and the other...
Did I mention that my daughter-in-law has seemingly unlimited excess energy, and is one of the best cooks and bakers I know?
Freedom is the ability to strive to find the good where no one else sees it. And also to articulate it, with passion.
The fact that we can taste something as bitter is an affirmation of how sweet our lives generally are.
The real motivator for the British was to win over the Jews, and Zionism seemed like a promising card to play.
Pristine Exemplar ‘Let Him Fill His Mouth With Water’ (Shekalim 9a)