Steven Genack

Jethro understood the Oneness of God

What did Jethro realize that made him throw in his lot with the Israelites in the desert?, 2/12/2020, 12:49 PM

"Know the Shas"

Recalling thoughts of the Griz and Rav Elchonon Wasserman while at the Siyum Hashas., 1/4/2020, 8:40 PM


Rashi says that Yaakov asked to live in tranquility now that he was finally back in the Holy Land, but the raw emotions of the Joseph story engulfed him. But did he really ask that of G-d?, 12/18/2019, 7:02 AM

Was Lech Lecha a mitzva to Abraham?

Did G-d command, suggest or advise Abraham to go to Canaan?, 11/8/2019, 10:13 AM

The majesty of the etrog

What symbolism can be ascribed to the Four Species held on Sukkot?, 10/13/2019, 9:16 AM

Mistakes are our essence

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Brian Galbut z"l and the footprints of the Messiah

What must be done to bring Mashiach?, 8/22/2019, 2:33 PM

Consolation is an integral part of mourning

Rav Soloveichik zt”l explained that comforting mourners, nichum avelim, is not just a fulfillment of kindness and the mitzvah of loving one's neighbor as oneself, but rather it is a kiyum in the avelut itself, , 8/5/2019, 2:41 PM

How to understand Shalom

What did the actions of Pinchas represent?, 7/17/2019, 10:59 PM

Sefer Vayikra has three portions named after a form of speech

In Kiddushin, Rav says that one of the ways to look into yuchsin, to see if a family is pure, is to see if they’re silent and stay away from machloket., 5/11/2019, 11:00 PM

The humblest man who walked the earth

The most well-known verse that “seems” to indicate Moshe’s humility is, “And God called to Moshe, and spoke to him out of the Tent of Meeting, saying…” (Leviticus 1:1) where the word Vayikra ends with a small aleph. , 3/17/2019, 9:09 AM

Yitro: No need for Fantasy Island

Was Yitro emblematic of a fantasy island scenario or was he in fact perfect, not needing any altered reality to bring him back in line?, 1/25/2019, 2:36 PM

Shoftim: The beginning and end of thoughts

Who doesn’t struggle with thoughts?, 8/17/2018, 2:40 PM

Shavuot: A day with no ritual

Why are there no special mitzvas- like matza or shofar for other holidays - on this holiday?, 5/16/2018, 7:59 PM