A person who is not careful to speak precisely… disregards the quality of his speech, as if he is grinding kemach.
Q & A: Saying ‘Amen’ Right Before Shema (Part VIII)
Question: Should the congregation say “Amen” after the berachah of “habocher b’amo Yisrael b’ahavah” (right before Shema)? I have seen different shuls do different things. M. Goldman
"There is a diamond necklace that I wear on special occasions," Mrs. Miller told her husband. "It was recently appraised at $6,000. If need be, we can give that as collateral."
Love Thy Neighbor As Thyself (Bava Batra 25b)
According to Rabbi Yosi, as long as one remains within the confines of one’s own property and one does not actively damage one’s neighbor’s property, one has the right to act as one wishes.
Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Emor: Death be not Proud
Why may Kohanim not attend to the dead?
The Fire That Will Not Be Extinguished
In the early years of Hineni, I spoke to a standing room only audience at Binyanei Haouma in Yerushalayim. As I looked out from the stage, I noticed there was a large contingent of frum people present, and on the spot I created a story to share with them.
Redeeming Relevance: Did God set Avraham up for Failure?
In fact – at its core – there is no better argument than Avraham’s. For his petition is asking for nothing else than what is good for God. For when God executes strict justice, He often “sacrifices” His own reputation for the sake of the truth.
He Hasn’t Missed A Daf… Since 1961
Asked if he ever thought of quitting, Rabbi Rosenshein said, “Never. You don’t live without it.”
Yud Beis Tammuz: Day Of Liberation Of The Previous Lubavitch Rebbe
Even in good times, when there is no need for physical mesiras nefesh, there is still a form of self-sacrifice required to give your spirit.
Are You Really Eating Kosher?
The laws of shechita and tzaar ba’alei chayim were meant for Jewish communities who would eat meat occasionally, not for the huge industry we have today
Why And When Do We Recite Kiddush Levana?
Rebbe Nachman teaches that reciting Kiddush Levana is a segula for curing weak eyesight.
Boys And Girls (Part I)
Rabbi Mizrachi explains that Rehoboam was called a naar at 41 because he was immature and had weak leadership skills...
Use With Care
"Well, I brought over a cake for the simcha," Mrs. Kasner said. She came in and put the cake down on the counter. "Please tell your mother I'd like the serving dish back after Shabbos."
Should You Light Shabbat Candles When Invited Out?
There is another course of action to consider: not lighting Shabbat candles at all! Before you are scandalized by my suggestion, allow me to explain.
Loneliness and Faith
I believe that isolation contains, within it, spiritual possibilities.
How Often Should You Remember?
What are the parameters and guidelines for fulfilling this commandment? How should we remember and how do we ensure not to forget?
Anyone from any tribe can rise to greatness so long as he or she has the vision, drive, and talent.
Lashon Hara: The Ultimate Corruption of Speech
There is a common misconception that lashon hara refers only to sharing false information about another person. People claim that if something is true, however, there is nothing wrong with sharing it.
Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak HaKohen Kook wrote: Leaving Egypt will forever represent spring for the entire world.
The Dark Clouds
Moses acted properly in his role of prophet but he failed in his role as a husband; he did not see Tziporah's suffering, her black cloud.
Where Beis Shammai And Beis Hillel Agree ‘One Must Not Sit Before A Barber Near Minchah’ (Shabbos 9b)
Understanding Our Rabbi
It is not fair to expect that our Rabbi should be a lamdon like Reb Chaim, a master of parables like the Dubno Maggid, a storyteller like Rabbi Krohn, and a posek like Reb Moshe – all in the same person.
German Bullies, A Milk Bucket, And Divine Providence
Judaism holds that nothing happens by chance, that everything is orchestrated by Hashem. And so it was long ago on a Sunday morning, about a month after Pesach when my father ran an errand for his parents.
From A Friend
They knew that if they performed acts of kindness with each other G-d would perform kindness with them.
A Secular Jewish College Student Responds
Dear Rebbetzin Jungreis: I am not Orthodox, nor am I actively involved in Jewish life. My background is Reform. My family attends High Holiday services; we are not kosher, but my parents have a seder on Passover - though we don't strictly observe the law of not eating bread during the entire holiday. My parents would never consider bringing really non-kosher food like ham or bacon into the house, though they do eat everything in restaurants. They are devoted to the land of Israel and they raised us with good Jewish values, and I visited Israel with our Temple youth group.
Q & A: Tzedakah (Part XVIII)
Question: When a stranger approaches a congregant in shul asking for tzedakah, should the congregant verify that the person’s need is genuine? Furthermore, what constitutes tzedakah? Is a donation to a synagogue, yeshiva, or hospital considered tzedakah? Zvi Kirschner (Via E-Mail)
Shabbat: A Break From Living Twice As Fast
Patience, listening, concentration, waiting patiently, the capacity to be here and now and not to run ahead, the ability to fully experience the moment – all of these are significantly diminished in the digital age., But Shabbat..
Q & A: Attack On Shechitah
Over the last several years, a number of European countries have outlawed shechitah (Jewish ritual slaughter). The latest, disturbingly, is Poland where shechitah opponents portray it as being cruel. Is there anything that we in the Jewish community can do to counter this trend? Jay Alt (Via E-Mail)
Sight, But No Vision: The Sin Of The Spies
As human beings, we have the remarkable ability to jump to conclusions, assuming that we know the truth of a situation when we, in fact, have completely misjudged it.