OPINION & COMMENT
A story is told of the philosophy professor who gave a final
examination consisting of one word: Why?
According to the story, this was enough to touch off long
essays by most of his students. However the paper given the
highest grade was very short. It consisted of two words: Why
According to the story, this was enough to touch off long essays by most of his students. However the paper given the highest grade was very short. It consisted of two words: Why not?
Two miracles occurred on the tenth day of Nisan. There was the miracle of the selection and purchase of the [animal for the] Korbon Pesach, as is brought down in the Tur (Orach Chaim 430) and, [years later,] the miracle of the crossing of the Jordan River (Yehoshua 4:19). Upon deeper thought, one is puzzled to realize that, while we have an ongoing yearly commemoration of the nes Korbon Pesach, for the miracle of the crossing of the Jordan River we have no commemoration at all.
Understanding Leil HaSeder
Nothing Left But Torah -- Marking HaRav Shach's First
And Hashem "Reconsidered"
In parshas Ki Siso the posuk (Shemos 32:14) says, "And Hashem reconsidered the bad that He had spoken about doing to His people." However, the posuk in parshas Bolok (Bamidbor 23:19) says, "G-d is not a man Who lies, or a human Who reconsiders." If Hashem does not reconsider, what does the first posuk mean?
The Problems of Legumes
Mrs. Goldstein was cooking in the kitchen a few days before Pesach. Her mother-in-law, a guest for the chagim, happened to get a whiff of the delightful aroma of the festival cuisine, and nervously entered the kitchen. "Are you by any chance using . . . garlic?" she queried anxiously. The now apprehensive daughter-in-law, unsure of how to reply to this surprise interrogation, thought for a second and slowly nodded her head in the affirmative.
A Middos Workshop: Ta'avah--The Yeast in the Dough
In the first part of our article on ta'avah, we described the insatiable craving that people have for physical pleasure, comparing it to a thirsty man who tries to solve his problem by drinking salty water that just increases his thirst.
What is Real Freedom?
It is said in the name HaRav Elchonon Wasserman, Hy"d, zt"l, who said in the name of the Gaon of Vilna, that there are sixty-four mitzvos to be done on Pesach night, deOraisa and derabbonon, with each brochoh counting as a separate mitzvah.
The Sin of Loshon Hora
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