Going Beyond the Letter of the Law Part 3

In the previous article we discussed why there was such a strict punishment when the Jews treated each other in a strict fashion: They missed the point of “what is right and good,” that it is wrong to treat one’s fellow Jew in a harsh and unforgiving...

Washing before Prayer

Before meeting with someone of great importance, a person will take every precaution to make sure that he is presentable. When there is even the slightest possibility of appearing offensive to the distinguished person they are speaking to, they will make sure to...

Mishna 16: Messiah for Whom?

“Rabbi Yishmael said: Be yielding to a superior, gentle to the young (lit., ‘black of hair’), and receive every person with cheerfulness.” This mishna offers some practical advice regarding how we should relate to others. Almost all of us have...

Da’at Tevunot – Section 1: Chapter 4

1. As we’d indicated, the single thread that runs through the long course of history from beginning to end will prove to be the fact that G-d reigns over absolutely everything. In point of fact, G-d’s sovereignty, know as His Yichud, is the only trait of His that we...
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