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Revelation, Tradition, and the Esrog Tree: Meditations on the Mesorah

Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff

The Yom Tov of Succos provides an opportunity to perform many varied and colorful mitzvos. Many of the specifics of these mitzvos are derived from various sources that are not explicit in the Torah. In order to understand the roots of many of our observances on Succos, as well as many other areas in the Torah, let us take a closer look at the entire system of mesorah and the sources of halachah as we know them today.

 

Prophecy for the Generations: A Look at an Analytical Approach to Navi

Dovid Sussman

Many of us tend to think of the stories that appear in the Neviim Rishonim as just that — stories. But a prominent rosh yeshivah who has studied, analyzed, and written and spoken about Navi for decades reveals in an interview that there is a way to see past the simple narrative on the surface and uncover the treasures within.

 

Shielded from Sin: Heavenly Aid for the Righteous

Yoram Bogacz

In Tanach and the Gemara, we find that tzaddikim are granted special Divine protection from transgressing halachah. Under what circumstances does this concept apply?

 

Rav Moshe Chaim Luzzatto

Rabbi Yosef West

The life of Rav Moshe Chaim Luzzatto ztz”l was brief and turbulent, but filled with monumental accomplishment. Despite the opposition he faced during his lifetime, today his Mesilas Yesharim is a foundational sefer for Jews everywhere.

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Rabbi Moshe Grylak Even the best of values can become idolatry
Declaring Bankruptcy
Yonoson Rosenblum The implosion of the Conservative movemen
Something from Nothing
Eytan Kobre Israel should go for a bigger win than baseball
The Business Trip
Rabbi Avrohom Neuberger Sometimes business trips aren’t strictly business
Death and Taxes
Jacob L. Freedman Aliyah ups, downs, and all-arounds
Perspective Shift
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman Single, female, Orthodox, adult: not an oxymoron
Mission with Ambition
Faigy Peritzman The way you see her is what she will become
Drop the Nagging
Sarah Chana Radcliffe You can gain cooperation, but not by nagging
Trying Our Patience
Rebbetzin Aviva Feiner Savlanus isn’t just patience, it’s endurance
Redeeming Factor
Shoshana Itzkowitz “When was the last time we ate a meal behind the dryer?”