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Rav Reuven Taragin

Articles by Rav Reuven Taragin

Why We Do What We Do

Important Intent My past two pieces presented Avot’s definition of the world’s goal as glorifying Hashem. This goal should impact not only what we do,

For Heaven’s Sake: The World

For Him Pirkei Avot ends with a powerful and critical message. Building off Sefer Yeshaya, the mishna writes, “Everything that Hashem created in His world,

What Is ‘In Our Hands’?

אמר רבי חנינא הכל בידי שמים חוץ מ צנים פחים שנאמר צנים פחים בדרך עיקש שומר נפשו ירחק מהם (בבא מציעא דף קז:) אמר רבי

Doing Our Part

Though Hashem controls the world, we are responsible for doing our part. We do not determine the ultimate result but are responsible for making good

A Lot of Happiness

An Unhappy Place Even though happiness is “the ultimate good at which all humans aim” (Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, Book 1), the world has become a

All for the Good

God Intends The Good Yosef Hatzaddik was in a terrible situation. Sold into slavery by his own brothers, he had every reason to feel wronged.

This Land Is Our Land! Bayamim Haheim, Bazman Hazeh

לא ארץ נכריה לקחנו, ולא ברכוש זרים משלנו. כי אם נחלת אבותנו שנכבשה בלא משפט, וכאשר היה לקל ידינו השיבונו אותה לנו (ספר המכבים א:טו:לג–לד

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

Acheinu: How to Be Whole

This week’s parsha describes Yaakov arriving at Shechem “shaleim, whole” (Bereishit 33:18). Rav YY Jacobson asks: “What a gift it is—to be whole, complete. To