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November 5, 2019

Sometimes, religious figures are deemed so holy that they are regarded as flawless, faultless. But what happens when the Tanakh describes their flaws and mistakes? Does criticism of the Avot and Imahot lower them in our estimation, or possibly it raises them?

October 29, 2019

Is drinking a healthy thing? What are its dangers? Do you see people drinking to enjoy life or to escape life? Do you think that adults you know set a good and responsible example regarding alcohol use, or do you see a problematic alcohol culture around you? What does...

October 23, 2019

Adam and Eve were EXPLICITLY instructed not to eat from the tree. In contrast, murder or fratricide had not been explicitly outlawed! Humanity was never directly warned against taking another human life. Why then was Cain culpable for this crime?

October 19, 2019

...for seven days of Sukkot we commit ourselves to Torah and Halakha in our lives, and only then, on Simhat Torah does the Torah itself incline us towards that awesome Presence in the center of the circle

October 10, 2019

...the alternation or reverberation of praise, as one person begins, spurring the next person to burst into song, leading to a crescendo of voices of praise, of prayer, this has the capability to generate a particular vibrancy.

October 2, 2019

Is Revelation a gradual process, responsive to this-wordly events? Or is it an eminence from the Divine, a supernal document that is revealed in a single integral unit? Was Torah transmitted "scroll by scroll" over time, or suddenly, "complete"?

September 27, 2019

Sometimes we are burdened by the past. Sometimes we find it hard to make a long-term commitment. Can we learn to live each day like it is "Today!"? Rebbi Nachman writes: For when a person wants to enter the service of God, it seems to him a heavy burden; he c...

September 18, 2019

the Rebbe said, "We have nothing to be afraid of. Let God hear in a loud voice all of our suffering and humiliations, because after the curses, the Bible promises the blessings and a return to the land of Israel. Let Him hear the curses so that He'll know that...

September 13, 2019

We can at times generate a positive religious energy where we delight in thickening our Jewish world, as we add mitzva to mitzva, building our society through its homes, and agriculture. Or we can trigger a more toxic dynamic which has the potential to poison family li...

September 6, 2019

There is a deep paradox. A leader needs the confidence to lead, the ambition, ego and drive to persevere in the extreme environment of the modern election process. But where is the line between healthy and unhealthy ego? When does the confidence to lead become self-abs...

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