A Light Over 2,000 Years That Never Burns Out

The small light we light on Chanukah it's very symbolic of the Jewish soul. As small as the fire is or as small as a person might think his or her soul is, it’s an everlasting fire and is something that cannot be extinguished.

Daf Yomi

A Wonder Worm “When The Temple Was Destroyed The Shamir…Ceased” (Sotah 48a-b)

First Come, First Served

You’ve been too busy to open your mail. When you finally do, it is overflowing with bills and letters. Solicitation letters from the Jewish hospital, a gemach (interest-free loan fund), the yeshiva and the synagogue.

Is A Son Bound By His Father’s Agreement?

"That's all?" asked Chaim. "A car service to the airport costs about $60. The cheapest a person can get is $40."

Lag Ba’Omer At Meron

I have been going to Meron for so many years, over 20 years on this special day, I cannot imagine this day anywhere else but by Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai's side. I felt hugged, I felt loved, I felt protected, and I felt like the heavens were opened wide to all my heart's desires.

The Pintelah Yid Is Still Burning

The feeling is that people, especially on college campuses or newly graduated young adults, are more interested in fortune and fame than finding their Jewish roots.

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The Majority Rule “If The Majority Are Israelites…” (Bava Metzia 24a-b)

Is It Proper…? – Is It Important to Wear a Black Hat From a...

Is It Proper...? - Is It Important to Wear a Black Hat From a Hashkafic Perspective?

Lost Property The Status of the Shomer Aveidah

Clearly, one’s liability for guarding the lost ring depends on the interpretation of the Talmudic dictum of osek bemitzvah.

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My Plate, My Food ‘My Loaf Is Forbidden To You’ (Nedarim 34b)

Looking For Family (Bava Batra 115a)

If the deceased left no children, no descendants of his children, no father and no siblings, one looks further up the paternal family tree to see whether a grandfather survived him.

Old Fights – Are They Water Under The Bridge?

The Shalah says the world’s water was never fully connected at creation, because in potential they would ultimately be separated, while Maharal says they had a natural draw to be connected to each other.

Do Away With The Middleman

On practical level, we must ask ourselves: Aren’t there halachot that are more serious than others? No legal or moral system can operate by treating everything with equal priority (see Tosafos Yom Tov on Avos 2:1).

Celebrating Yom Yerushalayim

Question: Is there anything special that one should do on Yom Yerushalayim?

Time Out: The Korban Minchah (Sotah 14a)

Today, in the absence of the Temple, our prayers are a substitute for the korbanot.

Free Sprinkles!

"Whoever came in contact with a corpse or was in a cemetery must also be sprinkled on twice beforehand with water that has ashes of the parah adumah, the red cow, mixed in."

Is It Proper…? Is it presumptuous for a regular frum Jew to disagree (not...

Is it presumptuous for a regular frum Jew to disagree (not face to face, obviously) with a great rabbi on a particular matter in Jewish thought or public policy?

Daf 44. Fast-Track Lane

Especially given our Western culture, it’s spiritually far healthier to get married in one’s early twenties, as most frum people today do. But then you’re stuck working in the opposite direction of the Torah’s formula! As a community, is there any way we can get back on track?

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

Pasul Esrog

After davening on Hoshana Rabbah, Mr. Hadar fondly packed away his esrog. "Maybe I'll fill it with cloves and use it for spices at Havdalah," he thought. "Or maybe I'll make jelly out of it."

Bris Kit Borrow

On Tuesday, Mr. Ross picked up the bris kit. While driving home, he was stopped by armed thugs. They forced him out of the car and drove off with the bris kit inside.

More On Missing Husbands And Agunot

A more difficult situation arises when there is no evidence placing the missing husband at the site of the death.

Daf Yomi

Accepted Custom ‘We Burn at the Sixth’ (Pesachim 11b)

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For Appearances Sake ‘Moving Forward at the Word of G-d’ (Shabbos 31a)

Divine Streaks

Perhaps the most important idea to know about spiritual growth is that it’s never all or nothing.

When A False Witnesses Confesses

The Gemara (Makkot 3a) teaches that once a witness testified, he is not believed to retract and say that he testified falsely as an eid zomem (conspiring witness), replied Rabbi Dayan. His testimony remains valid (C.M. 38:1).

Daf Yomi

A Saline Solution 'Its Soaking Is Its Laundering' (Zevachim 94b)

Borrowing In Dollars, Repaying In Shekels

He deeply appreciated it but said to his wife that borrowing dollars and returning shekels might be a violation of the laws of ribbis.

Daf Yomi

Informing The Decision “Found To Be With Child” (Yevamos 35b)

Fee Vs. Fee

Even if she earns more than the required amount, the husband is entitled to the extra earnings in lieu of the additional money that he provides her for personal expenses, beyond her basic sustenance of food, shelter, and clothing (E.H. 70:3).

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