Torah Study

    Noach – Teaching to Learn, Learning to Teach

    Noach – Teaching to Learn, Learning to Teach

    When a person teaches others he feels more of a necessity to gain clarity in his learning, so he can…
    The Greatness of Torah: Part 2 – Rabbi Mendel Kessin

    The Greatness of Torah: Part 2 – Rabbi Mendel Kessin

    Why are there no vowels and punctuation and in the Torah? Rabbi Mendel Kessin expounds on the depth and wisdom…
    The Greatness of Torah – Rabbi Mendel Kessin

    The Greatness of Torah – Rabbi Mendel Kessin

    What is so unique about Torah study? Why is learning Torah considered greater than all the 613 mitzvot? Watch and…
    Unlocking the Secret Code of the Talmud – Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein

    Unlocking the Secret Code of the Talmud – Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein

    What is the significance of the Talmud in Judaism? What is the function of the Talmud? What is the intent…
    Proof of The Oral Tradition

    Proof of The Oral Tradition

    A Jew who is faithful to the Jewish people, the eternal people, is inevitably connected to the Oral Tradition -…
    Why did Rabbi Kanievsky Shlit’a Urgently call 10 People into His Room?

    Why did Rabbi Kanievsky Shlit’a Urgently call 10 People into His Room?

    Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky Shlit’a, who spends day and night studying Torah, completed a Tractate of Talmud and then asked to…
    Watch: Holy Sage Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky Completes Tractate of Talmud

    Watch: Holy Sage Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky Completes Tractate of Talmud

    Leading Torah authority, Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky of Benei Brak completes Tractate Sukkah of the Babylonian and Jerusalem Talmud. Family members…
    Who Makes More; a Shoemaker or a Shoe Factory Owner?

    Who Makes More; a Shoemaker or a Shoe Factory Owner?

    The Chafetz Chaim answered a Yeshiva Executive Director (A.K.A. fundraiser) who wanted to retire and learn undisturbed
    Rabbi Ovadia Yosef’s Message: Make Sure Your Home is Peaceful

    Rabbi Ovadia Yosef’s Message: Make Sure Your Home is Peaceful

    “Stringencies taken on by novices have nothing to do with Halacha and can cause domestic strife”
    The Chafetz Chaim’s 3 Minute Speech

    The Chafetz Chaim’s 3 Minute Speech

    He helped get everyone's priorities straight
    No Child Should be Left Behind

    No Child Should be Left Behind

    "Without a Jewish education, intermarriage is the best that can happen! It's all downhill from there
    Why Do I Need All These Setbacks?

    Why Do I Need All These Setbacks?

    G-d wants to make sure we’re not just a ‘fair weather friend’ and we stick with Him through thick and…
    10 Reasons Why We Should Study Mishnayot by Heart

    10 Reasons Why We Should Study Mishnayot by Heart

    What benefits can you gain by memorizing mishnayot orally? Also: Distinctive advice from the Holy Chafetz Chaim
    What does the term “A Land Flowing With Milk and Honey” Refer To?

    What does the term “A Land Flowing With Milk and Honey” Refer To?

    The Bible describes the land of Israel many times as a "land flowing with milk and honey". What is this…
    Yehudah – Taking Responsibility

    Yehudah – Taking Responsibility

    Man’s challenge is not simply to avoid mistakes, but to own up to those we inevitably make
    Yosef and Deenah – Two Ways of Overcoming Evil

    Yosef and Deenah – Two Ways of Overcoming Evil

    We learn from Yosef and Deenah that there are two approaches to fighting evil; destroying it and reforming it
    Yosef – The Fourth Forefather

    Yosef – The Fourth Forefather

    While Yosef was one of the twelve tribes, he also seems to play a more significant role than his brothers…
    Rachel and Leah – The Desire for Greatness

    Rachel and Leah – The Desire for Greatness

    We learn from Rachel and Leah that the only way to achieve greatness is to aspire to it and to…
    From Shimon and Levi to Pinchas and Zimri

    From Shimon and Levi to Pinchas and Zimri

    The two Tribes most closely associated with each other are Shimon and Levi. Many years later, their descendants meet again
    10 Facts About the Sin of the Golden Calf

    10 Facts About the Sin of the Golden Calf

    The Children of Israel, who thought that Moshe died, turned to Aaron and asked him to make another god for…
    10 Facts About the Mighty Shimshon

    10 Facts About the Mighty Shimshon

    Who was Shimshon and what was his secret?
    Esav – No Room for Growth

    Esav – No Room for Growth

    Perhaps Esav’s most famous spiritual descendants were the Romans, who dominated most of the known world for centuries. They emulated…
    Yaakov – Man of Truth

    Yaakov – Man of Truth

    We learn from Yaakov Avinu, the man of truth; that sometimes honesty is not the best policy
    Yitzchak Avinu – The Middle Stage

    Yitzchak Avinu – The Middle Stage

    Why does the Torah record so few events in Yitzchak’s life?
    Rivkah Imeinu – Kindness with Wisdom

    Rivkah Imeinu – Kindness with Wisdom

    Optimal kindness requires wisdom. With an awareness of those around him, one can perceive their needs and provide for them…
    Yitzchak and Esav – Using and Abusing Power

    Yitzchak and Esav – Using and Abusing Power

    How could a man as great as Yitzchak have believed Esav was virtuous and more fitting to receive the blessings…
    Efron – Acting on Impulse

    Efron – Acting on Impulse

    Efron offered Avraham a field as a gift, though suddenly changed his mind. How could Efron change so quickly from…
    Yishmael – The Wrong Type of Kindness

    Yishmael – The Wrong Type of Kindness

    Yishmael represents the negative form of kindness. Why did he so abuse this trait that he received from Avraham Avinu?
    Yitzchak’s Role

    Yitzchak’s Role

    The most striking aspect of Yitzchak’s actions is their similarity to those of his father. From this we derive the…
    Sedom’s Attitude Towards Charity

    Sedom’s Attitude Towards Charity

    The behavior of the residents of Sedom stemmed from an ideology. To promote their cruel way of life, they instituted…
    Avimelech – Subjective Morality

    Avimelech – Subjective Morality

    Avimelech professed his and his nation’s innocence so indignantly because the Pelishtim were known to be highly 'moral', though there…
    Eliezer – Escaping the Curse of Cham

    Eliezer – Escaping the Curse of Cham

    Eliezer was destined to serve the nations of Shem and Yefes. How did Eliezer free himself from this curse?
    Lot’s Wife – Concerned or Simply Curious?

    Lot’s Wife – Concerned or Simply Curious?

    After looking back at the destruction of Sedom, Lot's wife turned into a pillar of salt. As always, a deeper…
    Hagar – Responding to Difficulty

    Hagar – Responding to Difficulty

    Why did Sara afflict Hagar? What do we learn from the way Hagar responded to Sara's affliction?
    Lot – Contradictions in Serving Hashem

    Lot – Contradictions in Serving Hashem

    What happens when a person faces this dichotomy, knowing he must observe the Torah – because it is true –…
    Charan – Externally Righteous

    Charan – Externally Righteous

    Charan's death was unusual in that only his internal organs were destroyed, implying that his external body remained undamaged. What…
    Avraham – Natural Kindness or the Will of God?

    Avraham – Natural Kindness or the Will of God?

    We learn from Avraham that sometimes following one’s natural affinity to kindness may not constitute HaShem’s will.
    Avraham – The Ultimate Innovator

    Avraham – The Ultimate Innovator

    Avraham was a revolutionary, a pioneer, he was the originator and founder of the Jewish people. He had no father…
    Sarah’s Greatness

    Sarah’s Greatness

    In this essay we will examine how Sarah personified the attribute of strict judgement and how it was a significant…
    Terach – Why Don’t We Call Him ’Father’?

    Terach – Why Don’t We Call Him ’Father’?

    We do not relate to Terach as Avinu (our father), even though genetically he clearly is our ancestor, why do…
    Avraham – Reacting to Success and Failure

    Avraham – Reacting to Success and Failure

    Avraham reacted to success without letting it affect his humility or hinder his service of HaShem, yet how did Avraham…
    Shem and Yefet – Holiness and Beauty

    Shem and Yefet – Holiness and Beauty

    The battle of Chanukah was far more than a conflict between two warring nations, it was a clash of two…
    Nimrod – Self-Worship

    Nimrod – Self-Worship

    Nimrod was granted exceedingly great power, but instead of humbling himself he became arrogant, even rejecting the very source of…
    Three Fathers – Kindness, Strength, and Truth

    Three Fathers – Kindness, Strength, and Truth

    The three traits embodied by the Avos are kindness, strength, and truth. Each Father was to teach his special quality…
    Kayin and Hevel – Balancing Humility and Confidence

    Kayin and Hevel – Balancing Humility and Confidence

    Striving for acquisitions is positive when directed toward spirituality. Only a person who is motivated to acquire spiritual greatness can…
    Noach – Escape or Rebuild?

    Noach – Escape or Rebuild?

    In the course of our lives, most of us face tragedies or catastrophes. There is a natural temptation to escape…
    Noach, Shem, and Ever – Masters of Insulation

    Noach, Shem, and Ever – Masters of Insulation

    Noach’s great strength was his ability to protect himself and his family from external influences, Shem and Ever passed on…
    Adam – Potential for Greatness or Lowliness

    Adam – Potential for Greatness or Lowliness

    If man fulfills his purpose, all other creatures will serve him. However, if he fails, not only does he fall…
    Chavah – The Mother of All Living Beings

    Chavah – The Mother of All Living Beings

    Whenever a person stumbles, even terribly, he need not despair that he has permanently failed in life. He can recover…
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