From Where I Stand: Keep Your Eyes on Your Own Tent

  מה טובו אהליך יעקב How goodly are your tents, O Jacob. —Bamidbar 24:5 “That’s some new kitchen Sandra just had done. State of the art!” “Psst . . . Did you see the new car...

From Where I Stand: Chukas Conduct Unbecoming

  By Rabbi Yossy Goldman A life sentence for jaywalking? Twenty years for chewing gum in public?! Singapore notwithstanding, surely that’s over the top. Was it so different for Moses, who, in...

Where I Stand: Beha’alosecha: Pain Or Privilege?

By Rabbi Yossy Goldman OK, I admit it. I’m not sure how I would have behaved if I were in the position of the Jews back in the Wilderness. We...

From The Chassidic Masters: Error Of The Spies

  The Torah portion Sh’lach relates how the men sent to spy out Eretz Yisrael returned and reported that the country was unconquerable. The Jewish people, they said, would be...

Challah: The Odd One Out?

By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa'aretz Institute This week’s parashah should have been a party for all of those involved in the mitzvos tied to the Land of Israel. This is...

Parashat VaEtchanan: Glatt Kosher Bacon

By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa'aretz Institute “It shall be that when Hashem, your G-d, brings you to the Land … to give to you great and good cities that you...

Bais Yaakovs, the Navi Test, and the Archbishop

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5tjt.com The Navi Morah: “Girls, don’t forget that Thursday is a test on all of perek tes. Don’t forget to review the Malbims on the...

Parashat Matot-Masei: What Do Borders Mean to Us?

By Rabbi Moshe Bloom There’s something intimidating about boundaries, something stifling and confining. Even if it’s not a high partition barrier covered by barbed wire, surrounded by intrusion-tracking dirt roads,...

Parashat Re’eh: The Importance Of The Journey

By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa'aretz Institute “Should the distance be too great for you, should you be unable to transport them, because the place where Hashem your G-d has chosen...

Other Side Of The Bench: No Noise Is Good News

There is news and there is noise. There are newsmakers and there are noisemakers. There are contrary opinions amongst individuals and groups, and then there are people who just...

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Seasons Supermarket, Chapter 11, and Rashi veZos HaBracha

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5TJT.com Season’s Supermarket.  Chapter Eleven bankruptcy.  Rashi on Moshe Rabbeinu’s bracha regarding Shaivet Levi.  And the Chofetz Chaim. What do they...

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By Gabriel Geller Sukkos and Simchas Torah are the holidays that most symbolize and highlight the importance of serving G-d and follow his Torah with...

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For Yael Michaely, her husband Boaz, and their three young children, feeling at home in their new country began in earnest one autumn evening...

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