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Yom Tov Sheni; an extra day of holiness- true or false

Many people view Yom Tov Sheni as an added opportunity for holiness- they might be suprised to find out what CHazal have to say about the topic, and what it teaches us about Chutz LaAretz!

The Gravest Sin

Discover what the Rambam views as one of the gravest of sins. The answer may surprise- and uplift- you.

Yichus- does it mean anything?

Many today place a great emphasis on Yichus; what does Torah have to teach us about this?

Sheidim

What are sheidim? What did chazal wish to tell us when they spoke of them?

HaOchel Matza Erev Pesach

A seemingly bizarre Yerushalmi holds the key to a major principle of hashkafah- including the Torh's view on human sexuality.

Bashert: Zivug rishon and sheni

At the crossroad between destiny and choice in the realm of marriage.

Should we rejoice over the death of reshaim?

There is an apparent contradiction in the sources as to whether or not we aught to rejoice at the destruction of evil people. Let's sort it out.

God Desires the Heart: Standing for Chazarat Hashas and the essence of Avodat Hashem

A careful reading of the Rambam, investigating whether or not he indeed believes that Chazarat Hashas is tefillat hatzibur; leading to a critical perspective on the cognitive and experiential in Judaism.

R. Eliezer Ben Durdaya and Hillel

A study in the narrative of two fascinating and seemingly unrelated heroes- and the incredible relationship between their life stories (which ultimately is our life story).

When compassion is cruelty

Compassion is indeed noble, but it can be misused. A timely and timeless issue in ethics.