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The Milah-Menorah Proposition

How is it that milah brings completeness? And what is the connection with the Menorah?

The Milah-Menorah Proposition

The Yetzer Hara and Purim

“Brief” encounters can lead to devastation.

The Yetzer Hara and Purim

A pure heart

Rabbi Zilberstein, shlita, recommended that everyone should take upon themselves two extra things to do for Shabbat.

A pure heart

Why? No. - What? Yes

We don't know why this has happened, but we must raise ourselves, based on what has happened, to new levels of Kiddush Hashem.

Why? No. -  What? Yes

Rav Ovadia Yosef and Ariel Sharon: Who can forget?

Giving away Gaza was a death sentence for the Jews of Israel as we have seen in the past and as we see now.

Rav Ovadia Yosef and Ariel Sharon: Who can forget?

Scattering sparks, shattered vessels

We can reach a Yom Kippur even in our brokenness, as this is when we got the second tablets,a state of completeness within human existence.

Scattering sparks, shattered vessels

Finding commonality between the Rav and the Satmar Rebbe

Where do we see any nechama after Tisha B’Av? Year after year another Tisha B’Av passes, and we are left bereft of a Third Temple.

Finding commonality between the Rav and the Satmar Rebbe

A halakhic definition of Sinat Chinam

We can define baseless hatred halakhically.. But how can we overcome it?

A halakhic definition of Sinat Chinam

Building the Mikdash from the inside out

To merit seeing the Third Temple, we must build ourselves from inside out and breed sincerity in our hearts.

Building the Mikdash from the inside out

Pinchas: Zimri’s Messianic hopes

A look at Zimri and what his messianic hopes tell us.

Pinchas: Zimri’s Messianic hopes

Impressions of Mike Pence

No one can predict as yet who will be president, but it’s important to know that former Vice Pres. Pence is a man of character. Op-ed.

Impressions of Mike Pence

Character as the Center of Gravity

For most, breaking middot is a lifetime of work that never stops.

Character as the Center of Gravity

How history greets a newborn infant

Children are new creations brought into this world and the Exodus occurred for each one.

How history greets a newborn infant

Combing for sins

Being clear of sin is the goal for both the guf and neshamah in anticipation of the final resurrection.

Combing for sins

Op-Ed:

The Three Pronged War taking place in Israel

An Erev Rav Analysis and the Pesach opportunity. The mixed multitude that left Egypt with us are alive and well, plaguing every generation.

The Three Pronged War taking place in Israel

Putting the Seder in perspective

The fourth son brings an important message that guides our lives.

Putting the Seder in perspective

Avoiding jealousy

Why does jealousy exist?

Avoiding jealousy

Rabbi Yisroel Reisman captures the Essence of Life

It seems like a contradiction in timing, but it is really a model for living.

Rabbi Yisroel Reisman captures the Essence of Life

Judea and Samaria are talking

The Chafetz Chaim once said that world disasters are messages from G-d to do teshuva.

Judea and Samaria are talking

Op-ed:

An evening with Mike Pompeo

While Pompeo's words at his book launching reflected his pro-Israel views, they were echoed in the choice of venue and participants. Op-ed.

An evening with Mike Pompeo

Remembering a Gaon

I will never meet such a person again. But his memories push me to be a better person.

Remembering a Gaon

Genesis: The Book of Hope

This Shabbat, we read the last portion of the Book of Genesis. An overview of an underlying theme..

Genesis: The Book of Hope

Emor versus Daber (Diaspora)

The word "emor" is softer than the usual "daber" found in the Torah. Why is "emor" used at the start of the parasha and later on "daber"?

Emor versus Daber (Diaspora)

Sefirah, Middot and instant decisions

A story shows how one's middot, literally 'measures', but alluding to values, are central to mitzvas, as is Counting the Omer.

Sefirah, Middot and instant decisions

The Ishmaelites are living up to their name: Are we?

When you think of man, what comes to mind? How would you frame man? How would you label the first human, Adam HaRishon?

The Ishmaelites are living up to their name: Are we?

Parashat Shmini: Reb Chaim Kanievsky zt”l – Above nature

Seven is the natural number, eight is above nature. This week's parasha is "On the 8th day." How fitting for the shiva for Rav Kanievsky

Parashat Shmini: Reb Chaim Kanievsky zt”l – Above nature

The endless movements of the Torah

The Torah is a compilation of music that speaks to every person individually on their own level.

 The endless movements of the Torah

Truth, the Avot, and sanctifying the Name of G-d

Truth emerges at the end, but there is truth in every moment. One of the gifts G-d gave us was the chance to achieve salvation in a moment.

Truth, the Avot, and sanctifying the Name of G-d

Stillness and Motion: Nitzavim, Rosh Hashanah and beyond

One must first be Nitzavim - standing in stillness and reflection - before he can be Vayelech.

Stillness and Motion: Nitzavim, Rosh Hashanah and beyond

Balak and Korach: Who not to be

The names of parshiot and people’s names define their essence.and interestinly, two are named after doomed characters.

Balak and Korach: Who not to be