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We see in this week’s Parsha, Perek Lamed, posuk yud tes the importance of choosing life so that we can survive for many generations. The Rash MiShantz on the Mishna in Peah, Perek Alef, Mishna Alef quotes a Yerushalmi in which Reb...

Fixing Judaism On the afternoon of the first day of Rosh Hashanah, many have the custom of walking to a natural source of running water and reciting the Tashlich prayers. The...

Every morning in Elul, we hear the piercing sound of the shofar.  It is a reminder to get cracking in preparation for the Day of Judgment.  For many of us,...

We learn about the chashivus of Eretz Yisroel in this week’s Parsha since mitzvos that can only be done in Eretz Yisroel are discussed. The Gemara in Bava Basra, daf kuf nun ches, amud alef speaks about an argument between Reb Ila and Reb Zeira. After Reb Zeira went up to Eretz...

In 1872, Rav Yosef Zechariah Stern (Zeicher Yehosef, Yoreh De’ah, vol. 2 no. 142), a prominent Lithuanian rabbi, was asked whether a house was cursed. After a house burned down,...

Recently, on a Monday morning while I was davening, my mind drifted off to how I had a lot on my plate to do that morning.  With a feeling of...

The season of Elul is upon us. What should Elul mean to a serious minded Jew? Rabbi Bentzion Lopian, the son of the venerable mashgiach, Rav Eliyahu Lopian, Zt”l, Zy”a, relates that...

On Rosh Hashanah, Jews throughout the world hear the shofar blown 100 times each of the two days (except on Shabbos). Hearing shofar is a time-bound positive mitzvah (mitzvas aseih...

The posuk in this week’s Parsha teaches us that we should be a “tamim” (accepting) when it comes to Hashem. The Rambam does not count this as one of the six hundred and thirteen mitzvos. The Ramban and Rabbeinu Yona do count...