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    Beshalach

    “Then We Will Sing…”

    Who among us is not thrilled with the magnificent events of Parshat B’Shalach?! But hidden in the text virtually all of Jewish history is encapsulated.

    Rabbi Stewart Weiss | Shvat 10 5782
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    General

    What Is Unique About the Fruits of Eretz Yisrael?

    Rabbi Stewart Weiss | Shvat 10 5782
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    Mishpatim

    May a Dayan Help the Poor in Beit Din?

    We will try to explain in brief why the halachic system of litigation is preferable to the adversarial system, which is practiced in the government courts in Israel.

    Rabbi Yossef Carmel | Shvat 22 5782
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    Bemare Habazak - Rabbis Questions

    Using Hot Water on Shabbat

    May I use my hot water on Shabbat since I have the boiler on a timer to go on every morning before I wake up? If this arrangement is unacceptable, please suggest a permitted one.

    Rabbi Daniel Mann | Shvat 22 5782
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    Igrot Hare’aya

    Follow-Up Questions

    Igrot Hare’aya – Letters of Rav Kook #90 – part I

    Igrot Hare’aya – Letters of Rav Kook #90 – part I

    Beit Din Eretz Hemda - Gazit | Shvat 22 5782
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    P'ninat Mishpat

    Where Could the Investment Money Go? – part II

    based on ruling 80067 of the Eretz Hemdah-Gazit Rabbinical Courts

    based on ruling 80067 of the Eretz Hemdah-Gazit Rabbinical Courts

    Beit Din Eretz Hemda - Gazit | Shvat 22 5782
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    Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu

    Why is the Rav’s Watch on his Right Hand?

    stories from Father of Israel in English

    Why did Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu ZT"L put his watch on his right hand?

    Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu Zt"l | Shvat 22 5782
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    28 min
    The Mitzvah of Settling the Land

    Ten New Reasons for Making Aliya Today-What's Different & Changed?

    Living in the Land of Israel was always important, but the sources also refer to some points which were not relevant for almost 2,000 years, and have occurred only recently. The halachic status of aliya has shifted into "high gear" in our generation.

    Rabbi Ari Shvat | Shvat 22 5782
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    43 min
    Ein Aya

    The Torah Is for All Israel- Including the Ignorant!

    The importance of Torah scholarship is clearly central to Jews- the "People of the Book", but Rav Kook feels it necessary to reveal the other side of the coin. God gave us the "Living Torah" relevant even to the masses even living primitively in nature. God explicitly wants a Nation of Israel, not just knowledgeable & religious individuals, not just rabbis & professors who can sometimes "outsmart" themselves, but also the common people. The intelligentsia needs the masses who are more healthy & natural in spirit, action & belief, just as the masses need the intelligentsia to lead & analyze the more complicated issues. In an era without prophets or Sanhedrin, only God's ignorant masses can sometimes solve historic & halachic difficulties.

    Rabbi Ari Shvat | Shvat 22 5782
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    6 min
    Pe'ah

    Daily Mishna - pe'ah 1, 4-5

    Rabbi Moshe Leib Halberstadt | Shvat 22 5782
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    7 min
    Pe'ah

    Daily Mishna - Pe'ah 1, 2-3

    Rabbi Moshe Leib Halberstadt | Shvat 21 5782
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    12 min
    Berachot

    Daily Mishna - Berachot 9,5 - Pe'ah 1,1

    Rabbi Moshe Leib Halberstadt | Shvat 20 5782
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    Shehecheyanu & Hatov Vehametiv

    Brachos on Good Tidings

    What brocha do we recite when it rains? Do we recite a brocha upon hearing of the birth of a new grandson?

    Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff | Shvat 19 5782
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    4 min
    Yitro

    From the Dawn of Civilization through the Days of Mashiach

    Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu | Shvat 19 5782
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    Berachot

    Daily Mishna - Berachot 9, 3-4

    Rabbi Moshe Leib Halberstadt | Shvat 19 5782
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    Foundations of Faith

    Emuna From the Cradle

    The main mitzvah upon which all the other mitzvot are structured is emuna, certainty of G-d. The Gemara tells us (Makkot 24) that the Prophet Habakuk "summed up" all the mitzvot into one, saying, "The righteous will live by his faith." Therefore, since we are obligated to teach our children to fulfill the Torah's commandments, it is clear that we must teach them emuna from a very young age – for that is the mitzvah on which everything else stands.

    Rabbi Shalom Arush | Shvat 19 5782
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    7 min
    General

    The most important insight of my life - The story of the olive tree

    The Torah likens a man to a tree, and the Jewish people - to the eternal tree of life, the roots of which were planted by the forefathers, and the branches from Moshe Rabbeinu reach for the Creator’s light. This is one of the stories that helps to understand what happened and touch the history of your own people, thanks to Jewish allegory and the wisdom of generations...

    Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu | Shvat 15 5782
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    3 min
    Beshalach

    Is Gene Editing Playing God?

    The current Covid pandemic has a silver lining: It has accelerated research into Gene Editing techniques that promise to put an end to many lethal hereditary diseases. But should Man interfere in the work of God?

    Rabbi Yaakov Asher Sinclair | Shvat 18 5782
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    Parashat Hashavua

    Connecting to the Torah through Unity

    From Siach Shaul, p. 236-7

    Hashem raised up our spiritual level in an unprecedented manner of “jumping up in levels". This took the nation from the 49th rung of impurity to the highest level of sanctity and preparedness to receive the Torah.

    Rabbi Shaul Yisraeli zt"l | Shvat 18 5782
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    Bemare Habazak - Rabbis Questions

    Beracha on Hearing Aids

    I am excited to be getting hearing aids, which will improve my quality of life greatly, so that it deserves a Shehecheyanu. Considering that my family will find it easier to speak to me, should I recite Hatov V’hameitiv?

    Rabbi Daniel Mann | Shvat 18 5782
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