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How to Change the World

  In his Hilchot Teshuvah (Laws of Repentance), Moses Maimonides makes one of the most empowering statements in religious literature. Having explained that we, and

Lab-Grown Meat: OU Kosher’s Approach

A Most Welcome Development! Lab-grown meat is the most exciting development in the kosher food industry in recent years (besides the many environmental benefits the

One Size: Bava Kama Daf 37

Boxing is not a pretty sport. Sometimes, it can get pretty ugly. In 1997, Mike Tyson infamously bit off a piece of Evander Holyfield’s right

The Significance of כזיב

When Yehuda’s third child, שלה, was born, he, and/or the birth, was in כזיב (Bereishis 38:5). There is much discussion about why the Torah includes

Expanded Vocabulary

I once read that in the Inuit language there are well over 50 different words that describe snow. Following are just a few examples: tlapa

Zera Shimshon on Parshas Vayeishev

וַיֵּשֶׁב יַעֲקֹב בְּאֶרֶץ מְגוּרֵי אָבִיו בְּאֶרֶץ כְּנָעַן: (בראשית לז/א) On the pasuk “And Yaakov dwelled in the land…” Rashi explains, “Yaakov asked to live in

Solving Sinat Chinam

After decades of struggles and challenges, in Parshat Vayeshev, Yaakov Avinu aims to settle down and live peacefully. Instead, the conflict between Yosef and his

Pitbull or Poodle

המגדל כלב רע בביתו Bava Kamma 15b, 16b, 23b,78b and 83a. Nitzan Shimoni, an 8-year-old boy, was attacked and maimed by a pet Dalmatian while

Can We, Should We, Hope for a Peaceful Life?

וַיֵּ֣שֶׁב יַעֲקֹ֔ב בְּאֶ֖רֶץ מְגוּרֵ֣י אָבִ֑יו בְּאֶ֖רֶץ כְּנָֽעַן׃ “And Yaakov settled in the land of his father’s sojourning, in the land of K’naan.” (37:1) Rashi (37:2,

Greater Gain From Pain

Our parsha begins with, “And Yaakov dwelled…” Picking up on the word “dwelled,” Rashi—based on the Midrash—explains that this teaches us that “Yaakov wanted to

The Hope That Will Always Live

The opening word of this week’s parsha, Vayeishev, sets up a scenario that always reminds me of a phrase from my childhood. When they were

Shining a Light on ‘Self-Hating’ Jews

Throughout the recent explosion of anti-Israel and antisemitic rhetoric all around the world, the Jewish people have felt particularly vulnerable, isolated and hurt. Everyone of

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