Vayigash: Judah's justified 'ingratitude'

Vayigash: Judah's justified 'ingratitude'

Judah spoke harshly to Joseph. Why didn't he thank Joseph for his act of mercy, in reducing the sentence he had pronounced?Danny Ginsbourg, 12/25/2020, 12:00 PM
Which is harder, the test of poverty or the test of wealth?

Which is harder, the test of poverty or the test of wealth?

Jacob was faced with two diametrically opposed tests. He passed them both.Danny Ginsbourg, 11/26/2020, 2:00 PM
A paean of praise to our Matriachs, Sarah and Rivkah.

A paean of praise to our Matriachs, Sarah and Rivkah.

This Torah portion tells us that Abraham was blessed "with everything" and some commentators say that means having a daughter.Danny Ginsbourg, 11/13/2020, 8:19 AM
How could Abraham pray for the wicked people of Sodom?

How could Abraham pray for the wicked people of Sodom?

Rabbi Dessler: If they were allowed to remain alive, they would surely continue to transgress.Danny Ginsbourg, 11/6/2020, 11:00 AM
Over the rainbow

Over the rainbow

Clouds of sin can obscure the rainbow, the sign of our Covenant with Hashem. Its semicircular shape is not random, but deeply symbolic.Danny Ginsbourg‏, 10/21/2020, 10:57 AM
Sukkah - the mitzva that does not make you  'empty pocketed'

Sukkah - the mitzva that does not make you 'empty pocketed'

The Gemara says that G-d tested the non-Jews with the mitzva of Sukkah, easy to keep because it does not involve monetary loss, And?Danny Ginsbourg, 9/29/2020, 11:21 AM
The wondrous two he-goats

The wondrous two he-goats

Is atonement for sins between man and Hashem dependent on his having appeased his fellow man, for any sins against him?Danny Ginsbourg, 9/23/2020, 10:53 AM
Ki Tavo: Bikkurim, the offering of our hands

Ki Tavo: Bikkurim, the offering of our hands

The Torah stresses ‘the hands’ in the mitzva of Bikkurim, for a symbolic, moral and historic reason.Danny Ginsbourg, 9/4/2020, 5:30 PM
Why can't an Ammonite or Moabite be allowed to enter Am Yisrael for eternity?

Why can't an Ammonite or Moabite be allowed to enter Am Yisrael for eternity?

Just how basic is 'hakarat hatov,' refraining from being an ingrate, in Judaism - and why?Danny Ginsbourg, 8/26/2020, 8:31 AM
The myth of the self-made man

The myth of the self-made man

It is in the nature of man, to think that by his strength and acumen, he has prospered - but that is hubris.Danny Ginsbourg, 8/9/2020, 7:45 AM
The power of a mitzva

The power of a mitzva

Moshe’s fear of Og was not from the physical might of Og, but from Og’s ‘spiritual’ meritsDanny Ginsbourg‏, 7/23/2020, 3:24 PM
The righteous daughters of Zelophehad

The righteous daughters of Zelophehad

How come Moses does not know what answer to give five orphaned sisters who want to inherit their father's portion of Eretz Yisrael?Danny Ginsbourg‏, 7/7/2020, 11:04 AM
Why did Aaron die before Moshe? (for Korach and Chukat)

Why did Aaron die before Moshe? (for Korach and Chukat)

In Korach, Aaron's staff flowers, in Chukat he and Moshe both sin, so why is he punished first? Why didh't he also beg to enter the Land?Danny Ginsbourg‏, 6/26/2020, 10:23 AM
"Separating challah" - the women's mitzva that atones for the sin of the spies

"Separating challah" - the women's mitzva that atones for the sin of the spies

Our Sages see this mitzva as a pre-condition’ to entering the Land,a contra to the spies who should have kissed its stones and thanked G-d.Danny Ginsbourg, 6/15/2020, 4:40 PM
To receive the Torah, be like a desert!

To receive the Torah, be like a desert!

Mount Sinai was a humble mountain in a desolate desert. What does G-d's giving the Torah there try to tell us?Danny Ginsbourg, 5/27/2020, 2:00 PM