Halachic Musings: Eradicating Amalek By Eliminating Ga’avah

  As we read the parashah of remembering what Amalek did to us, there are a number of areas we can examine. What are the reasons for this mitzvah? Are...

Halachic Musings: When Is My Birthday?

We live in a time of amazing medical feats. Today, when there is a problem with the development of a fetus, there is an option to do fetal surgery. Fetal...

Bloom on Parashat Vayikra: The Unique Offering

  By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa’aretz Institute “No meal offering that you offer to the L-rd shall be made with leaven, for no leaven or honey may be turned into smoke...

From Where I Stand: Vayikra Bulls and Lambs

אדם כי יקריב מכם קרבן When a man will bring an offering from among you . . . —Vayikra 1:2 Not only animal-rights groups have difficulty with this week’s parashah. Many, if not most, people...

ICHH Conference Wants Continued Security on Har Hazeisim

“The improved security on Har HaZeisim cannot be just a passing phase only to return to an era of chaos and destruction,” was the essence of a resolution at...

Steinsaltz Tehillim: Bridging the Gap to the World of Tehillim

By Rochelle Maruch Miller The Steinsaltz Tehillim, a completely new English translation of Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz’s pioneering commentary on Sefer Tehillim, was released by the Steinsaltz Center and Koren Publishers...

Real Clear Daf: Can Nullification Apply to a Mixture of Equal Types?

A review of some of this week’s daf yomi key concepts (Parashas Pekudei – Chullin) This came up this week on Thursday’s daf (100a). The Gemara there discusses a case...

Back to Basics: Our Preoccupation With Chametz

  In Sefer Sh’mos, we read about the Exodus of the Jewish People. It is a defining moment in the birth of our people, and every part of the Torah’s...

Halachic Musings: Kallah Drums Up Controversy In Bnei Brak

Videos and news items have been circulating of a kallah playing the drums at her wedding reception in Bnei Brak. First the chassan joined the band as a vocalist;...

Bloom on Parashat Pekudei: The Biblical Scarlet Worm

By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa’aretz Institute The second verse of our parashah states (Sh’mot 38:23): “Oholiav son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, carver and designer, and embroiderer in...

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