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Repentance, Restraint and Relationship

Dveikus, the be all and end all of human existence., 9/13/2012, 6:43 PM

Balak: The Scheming Practices of Amalek

They dissembled, and that is what showed their true selves., 7/5/2012, 5:00 PM

Purim: Accentuating the Acceptance

The decree of death which had been suspended at Sinai but was reinstituted with the sin of the golden calf will again be suspended for good in future time, when the crowns will again be conferred on Bnei Yisroel., 3/6/2012, 11:48 AM

World of the Wicked: Bo

, 1/26/2012, 12:52 PM

Fantastic Frogs

The frogs croaked an important message toward the end of our enslavement in Egypt, a message that is equally valid today - read it below., 1/19/2012, 12:20 PM

Vayechi: Living Life

He taught us that there is a big picture to life, even if he could not show us that picture., 1/4/2012, 1:10 AM

Yoseph and Yavan: Egypt and Greece

Oil always remains separate; it always retains its essence. The crux of the war with the Greeks was much more than political. The Greeks wanted us to lose our essence and become intermingled with them. , 12/20/2011, 10:45 AM

Careful Consideration in Vayetze

We can learn from the dialogue between Yaakov and Rachel how onr should interact with others who are suffering., 11/30/2011, 11:14 AM

Vayeira: Mockery Manifested

We must be careful of our speech lest we speak mockingly and disparagingly of others, especially in front of our children. , 11/9/2011, 5:09 PM

The End of the Holiday Season

There is a central theme that runs through the holidays and connects them to each other. , 10/19/2011, 12:43 PM

Should Man Have Been Created?

We must examine and search our deeds and atone for the ones that merit it., 10/6/2011, 11:15 PM

Symbiotic Song: Nitsavim

Singing the personal Torah song and internalizing it protects us, for who would come forth to accuse the sons of the King of wrongdoing. , 9/22/2011, 10:39 AM

Mattot: The Final Act

War against the Midianites can be seen as Moshe’s final command from Hashem or from the perspective of Bnei Yisroel’s battle, 7/22/2011, 2:10 AM

Shavuot: Regenerate and Rejoice

The greenery we place around our homes and synagogues for Shavuot has a special and beautiful significance., 6/7/2011, 12:41 AM

Two Adars-Achieving Alignment

Why does Judaism incorporate the solar and lunar years in its calendar?, 3/10/2011, 11:58 AM

Brick: Burden and Buoyancy

Bricks were not simply straw and clay, but had inestimable value, for they were the jewels embedded into the soul of every Jew., 1/26/2011, 3:47 PM

Yitro: Altar Accentuation

Building an altar to worship Hashem is a means of attempting to perpetuate the Sinai experience, to maintain the intimate relationship with Hakodosh Boruch Hu, but how do the specific instructions aid in achieving this goal?, 1/21/2011, 10:45 AM

Bo: Midnight Mindfulness

Precisely at midnight Hashem Himself, in all His glory and omnipotence, descended and smote the Egyptian firstborn while all the children of Israel, including Moshe and Aaron, were ensconced in their homes eating the Pascal lamb. , 1/8/2011, 11:16 PM

Slippery Slope-Noach

, 10/6/2010, 11:54 PM

Matos: The Science of Speech

, 7/8/2010, 1:39 PM

Pinchas: Elevating Offerings

, 7/1/2010, 6:09 AM