Matot – Choosing a Spouse

July 20, 2011, by

Last week we discussed the first chapter in Even Haezer, the section of the Tur and Shulchan Arukh dealing with the laws of marriage. That chapter dealt with the obligation to marry and have children. This week we discuss the second chapter, which discusses the ideal spouse whom we should marry. Seemingly, the main consideration

The Three Weeks: Spiritual Growth for Women

July 19, 2011, by

One of Israel’s most influential woman speakers, Rabbanit Yemima Mizrachi of Jerusalem, spoke at the Seymour J. Abrams Orthodox Union Jerusalem World Center to a standing-room only crowd of women on “Spiritual Growth for Women During the “Three Weeks”. The presentation, part of the new women’s initiative held at the OU Israel Center, L’Ayla, was

Sometimes You Are What You Wear! (Part I – Self Image)

July 19, 2011, by

In the following exclusive excerpt from his book, Sometimes You ARE What You Wear, Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran addresses the general principles tzniut. Regardless of gender, age, culture or religious background, modesty is “the interchange, the nexus, between the ethical and the moral, between the inward-facing and the outward-facing”, and not simply a matter of

Political Problems, Torah Solutions: Treachery

July 19, 2011, by

Lyndon Johnson meets with Presidential candidate Richard Nixon at the White House, July 26, 1968 The Political Problem: An individual takes actions which are treacherous to you or your interests. What are the options for dealing with this enemy? Should you strike back immediately, bide your time, or seek swift justice? The Political Approach “Keep

Slice of Life, Grapes

July 19, 2011, by

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Columbus Sets Sail

July 19, 2011, by

At Graeter’s Ice Cream Store in Columbus, Ohio, thirty Jewish teens sit together, laughing, joking and hanging out while discussing Torah. They come from many different backgrounds, ranging from students at Columbus Torah Academy (CTA), who are proud to be a part of NCSY, to participants of other youth groups and unaffiliated public school students.

Masechet Hullin – 19a-25b

July 14, 2011, by

The Coming Week’s Daf Yomi by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz This essay is based upon the insights and chidushim (original ideas) of Talmudic scholar Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, as published in the Hebrew version of the Steinsaltz Edition of the Talmud. Hullin 19a-b – Contrasting ordinary ritual slaughter with Temple service The Mishnah on today’s daf (=page)