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Chukat/Balak: The well and the tent

The symbolism of the well in Chukat and the tent of Bilaam's prophecy complement one another in Jewish life.

Chukat/Balak: The well and the tent

Behar-Bechukotai: The Covenant of the Written Law and The Big Picture

The last two parshas teach the Written Law and Rabbi Shlomo haKohen, Rebbe of Radomsk, teaches his hassidim a lesson in faith..

Behar-Bechukotai: The Covenant of the Written Law

Word, letter and stone

Why do we need to enforce the Oral Torah and rely on the validity of the Written Torah? Why isn't it the other way around?

Word, letter and stone

The flesh and sinews of Jewish law

The basic question is the problem of defining the behavior that we wish to accompany our lofty moral goals. Where is this to be found?

The flesh and sinews of Jewish law

Korach and the Karaites

Both Korach and Karaites missed the symbiotic relationship between written and Oral Law.

Korach and the Karaites

Beha'alotcha: The lights of the Menorah still burn brightly

How does the Oral Law connect the tribal leaders' offering, the Menorah - and Hannukah?

Beha'alotcha: The lights of the Menorah still burn brightly

The second Tablets of the Law

Hashem made the first tablets, and Moshe the second. Why do the Sages consider the second tablets more esteemed than the first?

The second Tablets of the Law

The ‘Seven Clean Days’ in our time

There are those who seek to repeal the takkanah of Rebbi regarding sheva niki’im, but we do not have the authority to repeal earlier decrees

The ‘Seven Clean Days’ in our time

The imaginary walls of a sukka

Without the Oral Law's detailed descriptions, we would not be able to build the more open sukkas we need this year.

The imaginary walls of a sukka

“Torah She’baal Peh”: The implicit Torah

When a person truly identifies with the Torah he also understands things that have not been said explicitly.

“Torah She’baal Peh”: The implicit Torah

First time in English: Hanukkah - the celebration of the Oral Law

First time in English: Hanukkah - the celebration of the Oral Law