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Sefer Breishit

Returning to Gan Eden: In Search of the Torah’s Genetic Code (Audio Only)

by Rabbi Dovi Nadel
Posted on June 26, 2024

Rabbi Dovi Nadel from SAR High School/National Bible Contest suggests the foundational stories in Bereishit, such as Gan Eden, Cain and Abel, and the Flood, serve as the genetic code for understanding the entire Torah, and demonstrates how these narratives are reflected in and inform the stories of Avraham and beyond.…

The Unraveling of the Era of the Judges: Choosing Between Abraham and Lot

by Dr. Yael Ziegler
Posted on June 26, 2024

Dr. Yael Ziegler from Matan Institute explores the complexities and moral decline in Sefer Shoftim, focusing on the stories of Yiftach and the concubine from Giv’ah, which illustrate Israel’s departure from Avraham’s path.…

Abraham the Iconclast: From Where Did the Famous Midrash Come? (Audio Only)

by Rabbi Nathaniel Helfgot
Posted on June 26, 2024

Rabbi Nathaniel Helfgot from SAR High School explores the concept of intertextuality in Midrash, using the story of Abraham destroying his father’s idols to illustrate how ancient traditions and textual reinterpretations deepen our understanding of biblical narratives.…

What Really Happened in Noah’s Tent? (Audio Only)

by Rabbi Yitzchak Etshalom
Posted on June 26, 2024

Rabbi Yitzchak Etshalom from Shalhevet High School explores the story of Noach to discuss how his final actions shape our understanding of his character and sheds light on what happened to Noah after the flood.…

Kindness & Faith

by Rabbi Ezra Seligsohn
Posted on December 27, 2023

To read this post in Spanish, click here To read this post in French, click here When thinking about the types of kindness in our world, we may be drawn to the little things: holding open a door for the next person, giving a few coins or bills for Tzedakah, making eye-contact and offering a genuine “thank you.”…

Vayechi -The Rosh Yeshiva Responds – May Medical Procedures be Performed on a Corpse?

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on December 27, 2023

וַיְצַו יוֹסֵף אֶת עֲבָדָיו אֶת הָרֹפְאִים לַחֲנֹט אֶת אָבִיו וַיַּחַנְטוּ הָרֹפְאִים אֶת יִשְׂרָאֵל: “And Joseph commanded his servants the physicians to embalm his father: and the physicians embalmed Israel.” (Breishit 50:2) To read this post in Spanish, click here To read this post in French, click here QUESTION-New York, NY A soon-to-be practical question: New York State requires that when hospital patients die with COVID-19 or influenza as a cause of death, the hospital must provide documentation of a nasopharyngeal swab from within the previous 14 days.…

Getting back on the Wagons

by Rabbi Ari Hart
Posted on December 21, 2023

To read this post in Spanish, click here To read this post in French, click here It couldn’t be any worse for Yaakov. His family, his children, are suffering from famine. His beloved Rachel is dead. His second son, Shimon, is trapped in an Egyptian prison.…

Vayigash -The Rosh Yeshiva Responds – Reciting Shehechiyanu at One’s Wedding

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on December 21, 2023

“…וַיֵּרָא אֵלָיו וַיִּפֹּל עַל צַוָּארָיו וַיֵּבְךְּ עַל צַוָּארָיו עוֹד. וַיֹּאמֶר יִשְׂרָאֵל אֶל יוֹסֵף אָמוּתָה הַפָּעַם אַחֲרֵי רְאוֹתִי אֶת פָּנֶיךָ כִּי עוֹדְךָ חָי.” “And [Joseph] appeared to him [Jacob] and he fell on his neck and wept on his neck a good while.…

Mikeitz -The Rosh Yeshiva Responds – Is Re-Gifting Kosher?

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on December 14, 2023

וַיֹּאמֶר אֲלֵהֶם יִשְׂרָאֵל אֲבִיהֶם אִם כֵּן אֵפוֹא זֹאת עֲשׂוּ קְחוּ מִזִּמְרַת הָאָרֶץ בִּכְלֵיכֶם וְהוֹרִידוּ לָאִישׁ מִנְחָה… וְכֶסֶף מִשְׁנֶה קְחוּ בְיֶדְכֶם וְאֶת הַכֶּסֶף הַמּוּשָׁב בְּפִי אַמְתְּחֹתֵיכֶם תָּשִׁיבוּ בְיֶדְכֶם אוּלַי מִשְׁגֶּה הוּא: “Then their father Israel said to them, ‘If it must be so, do this: take some of the choice products of the land in your baggage, and carry them down as a gift for the man… And take with you double the money, carrying back with you the money that was replaced in the mouths of your bags; perhaps it was a mistake.”…

Trivial Torah? “Abrek”-ing Development

by Rabbi Haggai Resnikoff
Posted on December 12, 2023

To read this post in Spanish, click here To read this post in French, click here וַיַּרְכֵּב אֹתוֹ בְּמִרְכֶּבֶת הַמִּשְׁנֶה אֲשֶׁר־לוֹ וַיִּקְרְאוּ לְפָנָיו אַבְרֵךְ וְנָתוֹן אֹתוֹ עַל כָּל־אֶרֶץ מִצְרָיִם (בר’ מ”א, מ”ג) He had him ride in the chariot of his second-in-command, and they cried before him, “Abrek!”……

What We Are Celebrating on Chanukkah

by Rabbi Ysoscher Katz
Posted on December 5, 2023

To read this post in Spanish, click here To read this post in French, click here There is a well-known contradiction between the liturgy and the Talmud regarding what we are celebrating on Chanukah. During the holiday we insert the Al Hanisim poem in our prayers.…

Vayeishev -The Rosh Yeshiva Responds – Does Zoom Solve Yichud Problems?

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on December 4, 2023

וַיְהִי כְּהַיּוֹם הַזֶּה וַיָּבֹא הַבַּיְתָה לַעֲשׂוֹת מְלַאכְתּוֹ וְאֵין אִישׁ מֵאַנְשֵׁי הַבַּיִת שָׁם בַּבָּיִת. וַתִּתְפְּשֵׂהוּ בְּבִגְדוֹ לֵאמֹר שִׁכְבָה עִמִּי וַיַּעֲזֹב בִּגְדוֹ בְּיָדָהּ וַיָּנָס וַיֵּצֵא הַחוּצָה “And it came to pass about this time, that Joseph went into the house to do his business, and there was none of the men of the house there in the house.…