• The Mysteries of Cause and Effect

    by R. Gidon Rothstein Ramban, Parshat Ekev, Week Two: The Mysteries of Cause and Effect When Did Hashem Select the Levi’im? דברים י:ח בָּעֵ֣ת הַהִ֗וא הִבְדִּ֤יל יְקֹוָק֙ אֶת־שֵׁ֣בֶט הַלֵּוִ֔י לָשֵׂ֖את אֶת־אֲר֣וֹן בְּרִית־יְקֹוָ֑ק … Devarim 10;8: At that time, Hashem separated the tribe of Levi...

  • Of Loyalty, Duty, and Love: An Exploration of the Meaning of Chesed

    by R. Alec Goldstein Unhappy that I am, I cannot heave My heart into my mouth. I love your majesty According to my bond, no more nor less. – Cordelia, King Lear, Act 1, scene 1. The Rabbis question the canonicity of several biblical books, including Ezekiel, Song of Songs, and Ecclesiastes. Ye...

  • Just Saying

    by R. Moshe Schapiro Say What? The Ten Commandments are introduced by the verse, ““Va-yedaber Elokim et kol ha-devarim ha-eleh lemor,” – “And God spoke all these matters, saying” (Shemot 20:1) a variation of the more common, “Va-yedaber Hashem el Moshe lemor” – “And Hashem spoke to Moshe...

  • Levirate Marriage Today

    by R. Gidon Rothstein RH Sivan: R. Ovadya Yosef Permitting a Yibum Looking to unify a nation of Jews with diverse practices brings challenges, and some will lean more towards imposing unity, others towards tolerating diversity. Yabia Omer 8; Even HaEzer 26 shows an example of R. Ovadya Yosef opting ...

  • Ivanka, Jared and the Jewish Sabbath

    Ivanka, Jared and the Jewish Sabbath What Employers Need to Know by R. Gil Student The media frenzy surrounding President Trump has included reports about his daughter and son-in-law’s observance of Jewish ritual, including resting on the Jewish Sabbath. On a few occasions, the media have noted puzz...

  • Vort from the Rav: Bamidbar

    Bamidbar 3:1 ואֵלֶה תוֹלְדֹת אַהֲרֹן ומשֶה These are the descendants of Aaron and Moses. We are all acquainted with the Akeidah that Abraham performed, but we do not pay sufficient attention to an Akeidah that was carried out by Moses. Moses’ Akeidah was perhaps more awesome and terrifying than Abra...

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