TORAH SHORTS: Parshat Shemot: Reasonable Danger

The most dangerous thing in the world is to try to leap a chasm in two jumps. -David Lloyd George

Some Leadership Lessons From Moshe

We do not expect those elected to be Moshe Rabbeinu. Still, the parshi’ot that will accompany the election campaign in the weeks ahead should remind us of how, ideally, those in leadership roles should conduct themselves.

Who Could Be Moshiach?

Was R’ Simcha Bunim justified in not bringing Moshiach because of the distress of one individual?

Torah Education: Everyone’s Responsibility

We don’t seek out faults in people to tell them off, but we should always look for ways to help set people on the right path while we ourselves serve as shining personal examples.

Can You Really Become as Great as Moshe Rabbeinu?

The Rambam says something absolutely shocking. He claims that everyone is capable of becoming a tzaddik like Moshe Rabbeinu. How is this possible? Not all of us are able to become leaders, let alone become the greatest leader in human history. So what does the Rambam mean?

A Time to Wed, A Time to Separate: Knowing the Difference

There are times when wrongdoing around us needs to be challenged, opposed, and resisted, and there are times when the wiser reaction is to hunker down and let it pass.

The Sweetness Of Investment

The greatest feelings of accomplishment result from when one invests the most effort in its attainment.

Esav Had No Excuse

The fire of truth burned brightly before Esav, but he was headstrong.

Mama Rachel’s Tears

Yaakov’s service of G-d, at his high spiritual level, required him to be buried with his father Yitzchak and grandfather Avraham in Me’aras HaMachpeilah, a place of openly revealed holiness.

Family, Faith, And Freedom

Genesis is not a hymn to the virtue of families. It is a candid, honest, fully worked-through account of what it is to confront some of the main problems within families, even the best.

The Siyum HaShas

It’s difficult to describe an event of this magnitude in words. But I’ll share a few highlights...

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Vayechi: Like Reuven and Shimon?!?

Ya’akov’s mistake instructs us to understand that even if something appears to be good, that does not mean there isn’t a different way that might be even better

Moving Forward

Is it better to complain, seek revenge, and hold a grudge? Or is it better to find a blessing within the curse?

Why Yehudah – Not Yosef – Established A Yeshiva

Yosef, on the other hand, was involved in worldly affairs. He was on such a high spiritual level that this involvement didn’t disturb his service of G-d.

Unwavering Faith

The Gemara says that when a guest is escorted out of a city, he is protected from harm along his journey.

Heroic Driving

In overcoming our impatience on the road, we perform a truly heroic act.

Think. Feel. Grow: Parshat Mikeitz: Yosef, Chanukah, and the Battle for True Beauty

Parshas Mikeitz always falls out around Chanukah, and Chazal explain that this is not coincidental. In explanation of this phenomenon, the commentaries discuss how Yosef is connected to Chanukah, and how he symbolizes our victory over the Greeks.

Take The First Step

The Zohar tells us that Moshe Rabbeinu visits Bisya every day in Gan Eden to inquire after her well being.

Why Was The Kohen Gadol’s Seal Necessary?

In order to prove that the oil was undefiled, wouldn’t it have been sufficient if its seal remained unbroken, even without the kohen gadol’s personal seal?

Thankful For My Dreams

The man before whom the brothers bowed was no longer the youthful dreamer. The reinterpreted Joseph dreampt no longer about himself, the dreams were now about something beyond the dreamer

Yosef HaTzaddik And The Maccabees

Even according to the Rambam, if an exceptionally pious and G-d-fearing man sees that his generation is degenerate in a certain matter, he may sanctify G-d’s name and sacrifice himself even to avoid a minor mitzvah so that people learn from his example.

Parshat VaYeishev

Leaders need to pay special attention to the law of unintended consequences.

Tanya – Three Truths

Here are three crucial truths from Tanya, the fundamental text that Chabad chassidim study in its entirety every year, concluding it on the 19th of Kislev:

Man Is Born To Toil

The redemption and salvation are commensurate with the distress and challenges of galus.

Parshat Va-Yeshev: A Reason to Care About Looks

If we look like an ancestor, smile like them, wrinkle our eyebrows in the way they did, we already carry on more of them than others

An Honest Inward Look

It is Judah's honesty that triggers Joseph's decision to reveal his identity.

Eradicating Racism In Our Midst

She probably gave no conscious thought to the message that she broadcast. She did not mean to deliberately offend anyone; it just seemed like a cute thing to do.

If You Must Compare…

“I came here to get a mask so…Moshiach won’t see my aveiros.”

On The Wings Of A Dream

Rav Chaim Shmuelevitz emphasized again and again when he taught this parshah that Yaakov moving the massive stone from the well was not a miracle. Yet, it was not a matter of physical strength either. It was a matter of heart and faith.

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