Monday, September 26, 2022

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Beautiful Blessings

We have two berachot d’orayta, two explicit commands from the written Torah, to make a blessing after one finishes a meal and before learning Torah. The Torah commands us, “And you will eat and be sated, and you shall bless the Lord, your God, for the good land He has given you” (Devarim 8:10). This is the scriptural source for the


Yahrzeit: A Time to Remember

Of the many life cycle events we celebrate, the yahrzeit is one that is probably most filled with bittersweet emotions. “Yahrzeit” is a Yiddish word that means “that time of year.” We typically commemorate the yearly anniversary of the death of a loved one by lighting a candle and observing the day with special customs, remembrance


Last Names in Halacha

I. What’s in a Surname?

Last names serve to identify an individual with greater specificity. There may be many men named Yosef ben Ya’akov in the marketplace, but Yosef ben Ya’akov Schwartz is much less common. Should we use last names in Jewish ritual and particularly in Jewish legal documents


Am Yisrael Chai, From Up High

In our parsha, Moshe Rabbeinu pronounces praises to Hashem, perhaps famous to us as they are included in the first blessing of the amidah: the Great, Powerful and Awesome God (10:17). Although Moshe determined these praises to be fitting to attribute to Hashem, however, along the path of history, things perpetuated somewhat shakily in terms


Bringing Arrogance to Heel

There are a number of puzzling things in Parshat Eikev, including the name itself. The parsha begins: “וְהָיָה עֵקֶב תִּשְׁמְעוּן אֵת הַמִּשְׁפָּטִים, And it will be if you observe the laws….” Why use the word eikev for “if”? The word eikev derives from the word heel. Rashi says: “If you


TikTok Chesed vs. Torah Chesed

Part I

Harrison Pawluk is an online personality who films himself performing “random acts of kindness.” He gets views in the millions. He shares videos of himself giving out free flowers and surprising people by paying for their groceries. But some people aren’t too happy with him


Daf Yomi: Climate, Covid and Consensus

Few passages in the Talmud, if any, support action in favor of the survival of our planet as directly as the one studied around the world in the Daf Yomi the day before the Ninth of Av this year.

On page 30a, the Talmud observes “Hakol b’yeday shamayim chutz mitzneeneem pacheem, All is in the hands


The Sanctity of the Synagogue

Sanctity of the synagogue is the translation of the expression kedushas beis haknesses. The term refers to any behavior or activity that is not appropriate or in any way diminishes the holiness of a shul. “The Sanctity of The Synagogue” is the title of the classic 1962 book about the court case in Mt. Clemens, Michigan, where they tried


Uncover Your Heart

In this week’s parsha, Eikev, we learn the remedy for how to cleanse ourselves from being stiff-necked people. In the parsha, it says that we should circumcise our hearts so that we would no longer be stiff necked. While it seems to give us the remedy, what does it mean?

Until now, this parsha has


An American Unsung Hero of the Shoah: Stephen Klein


While the procedure to expedite visas initiated by Undersecretary of State Dean Acheson worked in the U.S., unfortunately, the American Consuls in Europe continued to follow the frustrating and time-consuming procedures to discourage Rabbi Baruch and others. Yet


Dirshu’s Kinyan Halacha Iyun Program Set to Embark on Fourth Five-Year Machzor

Program designed with the guidance of poskei hador, of previous generation, Rav Elyashiv, Rav Wosner and Rav Nissim Karelitz.

It hasn’t happened in five years, but now it is happening. Dirshu is again opening registration for its highly successful Kinyan Halacha



Getting all arrogant and full of ourselves is never a good idea, especially when we didn’t do anything to deserve it! In this week’s Torah portion (Deut. 8:14), Moses warns the people not to get arrogant when they see how much wealth and success God gives them when they enter the land of Israel. We can learn from here the value of not

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