In Our Hands Yet All Is Known

The word used by the Mishnah to describe our choice, reshut, means domain or control. The implication is that we are given not only free choice to decide, but also control over the outcome.

Benefits From Daily Rambam Learning

From the many stories told by various people in private and in public, it is clear that learning Rambam helped them in everything: children, health and livelihood.

Q & A: Offering Tefillin To Passersby (Part IV)

Question: Where I live, I see Chabad shluchim offering Jewish passerby to put on tefillin, is this of any value if they are otherwise non-observant, additionally is doing so in a street – a public thoroughfare proper kavod for the tefillin? Menachem Via email

What’s The Real Purpose Of Aleinu? (Part I)

We are acknowledging that Hashem is our Boss, not just when we’re in the synagogue but when we leave shul and go to our workplaces or to our homes.

Ascending The Ladder

One-out-of-three is not the kind of language that Dr. Weinblatt would ever employ, let alone even allow himself to think. The man is a fount of hope.

TORAH SHORTS: Parshat Korach: Treacherous Prominence ­

Rust consumes iron and envy consumes itself. -Danish proverb

How Do You See Yourself?

After all, summer vacation is not a vacation from values or from anything that is important to us. It's a vacation from school alone.

Equality – Parshat Koraḥ

Our equality doesn't result from being created identical but rather from the fact that we each have equally crucial functions and important roles to play as part of Israel's greater historic mission.

LIVING LIFE ONE STEP AT A TIME

The problem with the Meraglim was not having doubts, being concerned, or having insecurities. 

Ties That Bind

Just as a slave would have a seal on his clothing identifying him as such, the tzitzis distinguish us as servants of Hashem (Tosfos).

Chesed, Din, And Tiferes: The Guiding Principles Of Reality

How can it be that Hashem made a mistake – that He originally wanted to create the world with din but then changed His mind?

Remember To Remember

Part of what makes religion a force for honest and altruistic behavior is the belief that G-d sees what we do.

Are We Permitted To Wash Dishes On Shabbat?

One is permitted to wash dishes that give off an unpleasant smell or will attract flies and other insects. So too, one who is disturbed by the sight of dirty dishes piling up in one's sink or kitchen is permitted to wash them.

‘Remember The Future’

In the month of Tamuz it is necessary to elicit mindfulness in order to rectify the forgetfulness that came into being as a result of the Shattering of the Luchos (Tablets), which occurred in this month.

Any Day Now …

It’s so easy for us to become overwhelmed with daily affairs that we forget about the needs of others. It may not be as life-changing as a new position, but even a phone call seeking our assistance or advice can be painful if not returned.

Empty Exaggerations

In explaining what a guzma is, Rashi writes that they are “simply words,” meaning they do not reflect the actual reality ... Similarly, Rashi explains that "words of havai" refers to speech spoken by common people, who often speak in vulgar ways that exaggerate the matter at hand.

Is It Proper To Frequently Post Photos Of Your Life On Facebook Or Instagram...

I’m not sure what positive value there is in posting photos beyond one’s immediate circle of family and friends. To me, it smacks of inappropriate exhibitionism.

Gratitude

My mother has given me non-stop love, care and attention since the day I was born. Despite the many challenges I have had in my life, my mother has been with me through thick and thin.

Taking Challah – A Cornerstone Of Creation – Parshat Shelach

The mitzvah of hafrashat challah is from the written Torah, and like all the mitzvot related to the Land of Israel, applies only in Eretz Yisrael and only when the majority of Am Yisrael resides there.

The Final Challenge

Amnon lived in a kibbutz located halfway between Jerusalem and Bet Shemesh. Yet he knew nothing about Judaism and had never spoken to a haredi Jew. Tali found herself not only in a new job, but in the position of Defender of Her Faith.

‘The Old Tenant Left His Stuff Here – Can I Put It Outside?’

The Rav is not considered a shomer aveidah on the boxes, since the owner should arrange to take them. Furthermore, although he was a guardian for the two months, he is no longer so, since he previously told the owner to take the boxes

Daf Yomi

Mitzvah Or Kinyan? ‘…Both Shall Have Intention At The Same Time …’ (Yevamos 102b)

Q & A: Offering Tefillin To Passersby (Part IV)

Question: Where I live, I see Chabad shluchim offering Jewish passerby to put on tefillin, is this of any value if they are otherwise non-observant, additionally is doing so in a street – a public thoroughfare proper kavod for the tefillin? Menachem Via email

TORAH SHORTS: Parshat Shlach: Why Leaders Become Corrupt

Power will intoxicate the best hearts, as wine the strongest heads. -Charles Caleb Colton

The Rationalist Spies – Parshat Shlaḥ Lekha

The spies that led Israel to national catastrophe mistakenly thought that the value of preserving life overrides the commandment to free Eretz Yisrael.

Reflections On Women Of The Wall

I am particularly discouraged and disappointed with the so-called “Women of the Wall” and their monthly actions which disturb the prayers at the Kotel, creating a chillul Hashem.

Universal Participation In The Study Of Rambam

Because one of the principal goals of learning Rambam is to unite all Jews, women and children should also participate. – The Lubavitcher Rebbe

The Toxicity Of Anger (Part II)

Anger, says Rashi, causes a person to err. It causes a person to forget their learning. It is extremely harmful to the body and it also causes the brain to be put on ‘pause.’

To Taste The Flavor

The most important question in life is how do we manage time, particularly the two months of vacation.

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