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Let Torah Unite Us

As Purim approaches, and as we open the megillah, I can’t help but think about how, sadly, we are too often united because of dangers facing our people.

Want To Be Heard? Speak Quietly

You wrote that it’s often good for a husband and wife to have differing opinions, but wouldn’t it be better if they agreed so they could easily work together towards their common goals?

Is The Kosel A Holy Place?

Perhaps the reason this conflict erupted was for the purpose of reminding us that the Kosel is a holy sanctified place, which must be treated as such.

The Day Of Rebuke

There is a fundamental question that the commentators are bothered by. Where do we find Yosef rebuked his brothers? All he said was that he was Yosef.

Why Are We Losing Our Children? (Part I)

We all yearn to feel that we are part of something special. We all seek respect and acceptance for simply being who we are.

Tzitzis: A Deeper Look

Why is the tzitzis reminder on our clothing? How does it remind us that there are 613 mitzvos?

Shabbos Mevorchim Shevat

This coming Shabbos we bentch Rosh Chodesh Shevat, which falls on Shabbos Kodesh (January 12). The highlight of this month is of course Tu B’Shevat, the New Year of the trees. As the mind conjures up images of spring, I can spot nary a sign of spring from my vantage point here in the northeastern part of the U.S.

Na’anuim: Moving Together As One People

We are all familiar with the famous midrash (Vayikra Rabbah 30, 12) that compares the four species we take on the holiday of Sukkos to the four different types of Jews: the esrog, which has both smell and taste, corresponds to those who learn Torah and perform good deeds; the lulav, which has taste but no smell, corresponds to those who learn Torah but do not perform good deeds; the hadasim, which have a pleasant smell but no taste, correspond to those who perform good deeds but do not learn Torah; and finally, the aravos, which have neither smell nor taste, correspond to those who have neither Torah nor good deeds.

Equality

We see from this that Eltzafun was called upon to help others and did as he was told. Perhaps, this is an indication of Eltzafun’s humility and that his heart was in the right place.

Rabbi Dov Lior – A Quintessential Jewish Patriot

Rav Dov Lior is not only a Torah scholar; he is quintessential Jewish patriot, whose allegiance is pledged fully to God, Torah, the People and the Land. His courage in speaking the truth is undeniably tangible, without regard for any public controversy or dispute.

Insight From Two Priests

Can you imagine davening on Yom Kippur with, of all people, a priest?!

Brazenness And Arrogance In Our Children

In my experience as a principal for many years, and in my capacity as an evaluator of schools that boast of their excellence, I am constantly amazed by the brazenness and arrogance of some students.

From Spiritual To Mundane And Back

In this week’s parshah, as Bnei Yisrael are about to enter Eretz Yisrael, the Torah commands us in the mitzvah of shechitah. The pasuk says,...

L’Zera Yaakov Tizkor

A passage at the end of the Zichronot blessing in the Mussaf Amidah of Rosh Hashanah appears to have two slightly different versions. The Shulchan Aruch (Orach Chayim, 591:7) rules that this is the correct text: “V’akeidas Yitzchak hayom l’zaro tizkor.” It also rules and those who change the words and specify “l’zera Yaakov tizkor” are mistaken and guilty of changing the text instituted by Chazal. The source for this ruling is a responsum (chapter 38) by the Spanish and then Algerian Rivash (14th century).

The Miracles We Often Overlook

As you enter the actual museum one becomes a little uneasy as you are explained that for the next one and a half hours you will be walking in total darkness.

Appropriate Zealousness

What about other cases? What about other scenarios that offend and disgrace the honor of Hashem? How do we know when to act and how to act?

How Not to Have Too Much Integrity on Yom Kippur

Jonah objected to God accepting repentance based on ulterior motives and likely for short duration.

Kosher And Non-Kosher Eggs

Generally speaking, any food produced by a non-kosher animal is non-kosher. Thus, the egg of a non-kosher bird is not kosher but the egg of a kosher bird, such as a chicken, is kosher. If one comes across an egg and does not know which bird laid it, how does one tell a non-kosher egg from a kosher egg?

Parshat Behukotai: Am Yisrael and Eretz Yisrael

According to the Ramban, the verse "your foes who dwell upon it will be desolate" (Vayikra 26:32) is a partial blessing within the curse that guarantees through all generations that the Land of Israel will not receive any foreign nation in place of her true indigenous people.

Lot’s Choice

Kindness and hospitality came easily to Lot. As a nephew to Avraham, these qualities were part of his DNA; as a ben-bayis who was raised in Avraham's household bringing in guests was what came naturally.

What Have You Done For Me Lately?

In recognition of the good that was performed in the past we reward this dog with the meat of the animal that he did not protect.

Divine Intervention Motivates Religious Inspiration; After Three Days How Much Remains?

For change to become permanent it has to become internalized through new behaviors. Mitzvot have to be observed regularly.

Mourning With Terrorist Families—Have We Gone Mad?

Despite the different backgrounds, we are united in our suffering and our mourning with the families of our people who defended our country and gave the ultimate sacrifice, or who were killed by Arab terrorists.

Why The US Moved Its Embassy

Surely one can see the work of Hashem at play here, and things are happening very quickly.

This Week's Luach

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