Parashat Lech-Lecha: The Two Sides Of The Co(i)nvert

By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa'aretz Institute Avraham: Father Of Jews And Converts “You shall be the father of a multitude of nations …” (Bereishit 17:4–6). We learn in the name of R’...

From Where I Stand: Mikeitz

And they did not recognize him. –Bereishis 42:8 Is isolationism the only way to live as faithful Jews, or can we scale the ghetto walls and still remain devout? This is,...

10 Short Life Lessons from V’Zos HaBracha

by Rabbi Yair Hoffman for This Sidra has ten sections. Moshe Blesses the Shvatim and begins with Reuvain. The Sidrah begins with “And this is the blessing.” But why...

Halachic Musings: Tikkun Kareis

  It is an unfortunate reality that there are many nice people out there who may have something rather serious hanging over them. That something is the Divine punishment known...

From The BHI Hotline: Change Of Plans

  Question: Our camp gave us an off Shabbos. A van was hired to take a group of us into the city, but at the last minute I canceled my...

Emor: Time Management

By Rabbi Yossy Goldman I intended procrastinating, but I never got around to it. Whether you consider the above quotation wise, witty, or silly, it can actually be quite a sobering...

Halacha: Cancelling a Babysitter

Question:  I am a mother and I'm curious to know the right way to go about cancelling a babysitter. It's very difficult when a babysitter cancels last minute. But the...

Torah or Menorah?

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman To learn or not to learn? That is the question. Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind of halacha to light the Chanukah licht at home thus leaving...

Parashat Bereishit: Averting Failure With Death

By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa'aretz Institute When Hashem placed Adam in Gan Eden, initially everything looked rosy. Optimal opening conditions were given to Adam, G-d’s ultimate handiwork. Adam lived in...

The Abravanel’s World of Torah: A Structured Interpretation

Review by Rabbi Yair Hoffman Every so often a translation comes along that not only gives the reader an accurate understanding of the original writer’s thoughts, but also redefines the...
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