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The tribe of Levi reasoned that since they weren’t enslaved by Pharaoh, they weren’t entitled to share in the booty which was taken as reparations for the harsh labor experienced by their brethren.

“You Never Know, You Never Know”

Often we look at a person or an event and we are convinced that this is the highest level of sainthood and godliness, not realizing that G-d seeks what is in the hearts and souls of humankind and not their outward appearance.

‘Be Holy’ – What Does That Mean?

And that may be why only we Jews who are commanded to be holy also have commands that seek to purify our hears and minds.

Why Do People Fast On BHA”B?

In BHA”B season, the age-old argument on whether to open or close the shul’s windows tends to rear its ugly head. The fact that such disputes occur in shuls is not coincidental.

It’s All In The Numbers

The computations of the sofrim were not restricted to gematria alone. There are myriads of number-related secrets in the Torah.

The Definition Of A Jew

While someone who is born Jewish is undoubtedly according to Jewish law deemed as Jewish, there is still the underlying prerequisite that ones actions also and perhaps equally, define a person’s Judaism.

Guard Your Lips From Speaking Evil

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.

What’s The Point?

The Seder is not just an educational and intellectual experience; it’s also a unique opportunity to say thank you together with our loved ones to Hashem for the fact that He chose us as His nation and gave us His wonderful mitzvos.

Why Is Chametz So Bad?

Torah study shouldn’t be saved for our retirement. We should run to learn.

To Be A Jew Is To Say Thank You

The Chovos HaLevavos teaches us that prayer without thought is like a body without a soul and a peel without fruit.

The Haggadah: The Manual To The Geula

In order to properly daven for the geula, one must first notice the magnitude of the situation.

Try Being Nice To Your Spouse

We must therefore constantly remind ourselves that it’s the Jewish way to stand by the side of a mate through thick and thin.

Stiff-Necked

Stiff-necked people are creatures of habit, and those habits become especially rigid during times of stress.

Day Schools – The Only Viable Future For The Diaspora

I have always said that when a Jewish day school closes down, there is no future for the local Jewish population, and within just a few years the Jewish community will be compromised.

Don’t Chase Hashem Away

While this story is quite remarkable, we must wonder: Why did Hashem allow Ezra’s holy Sefer Torah to be defaced in the first place?

We Must Listen To Our Gedolim

Many argued that it would be downright dangerous not to attend as their absence might raise the monarch’s ire after all the trouble he went through to accommodate their needs.

Is Authenticity Good?

Concepts such as marit ayin enjoin us to be “inauthentic” and to put on a show for the outside, even when we know there is nothing inherently wrong with our actions.

Different Views, Yet Still United

It is inconceivable to believe that when we exited Egypt everyone in Israel had the same views on every subject and did not have the distinctiveness and uniqueness that make our people, and each individual, so important.

A Peel Without Its Fruit

The Hafla’ah writes that since we want our prayers to rise to the heavens, they must be infused with a ruach, a spirit that causes them to ascend to Hashem’s Throne of Glory.

Words Hurt More Than You Think

Because verbal abuse is more prevalent and generally overlooked as being problematic, the Torah makes the consequences more severe.

The Bigger Picture

As he was typing feverishly, he by chance looked up from his computer and glanced at the dance floor. It was then that he noticed something remarkable.

How Should You Criticize Someone?

One of the most important factors in delivering and receiving feedback is the relationship between the giver and the recipient.

Did Yisro Convert To Escape The Death Penalty?

How could Moshe rush to convert him so quickly? Because it was a matter of life and death.

Let’s Copy Yisro (Part II)

Measure for measure, the Jews didn’t lift a finger against the millions of Egyptians who pursued them to the sea. Instead, the Egyptians drowned themselves by walking into the watery abyss.

Learning By Teaching

He could have stressed the evilness of slavery or underscored the responsibilities of freedom... Instead, though, Moshe spoke about children and education. At that moment, in Rabbi Jonathan Sacks’s words, “the Israelites were told that they had to become a nation of educators.”

Let’s Copy Yisro (Part One)

Clearly, the plagues weren’t the result of chance; they pointed to the hand of Hashem.

The Moment In Time That Defines Us

When looking back into our history we often find examples of people being in the right time and place, and making history that gave meaning and purpose to their entire existence.

What True Leaders Do

As a young man, raised with royal treatment in Pharaoh’s palace, Moshe Rabbeinu didn’t allow himself to relax in splendor. Rather, he went out to his suffering brethren and shared in their fate.

Pharaoh’s Confirmation Bias

Pharaoh’s refusal to believe in the miraculous power of G-d is evident even before the plagues begin.

The Crown Of A Good Name

What can be greater than the crown of Torah? After all, we’re taught, “Talmud Torah kneged kulam – The study of Torah is equal to all else.”

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