OPINION & COMMENT
Sometimes we read the Chumash and the words shake us with the immediacy of newspaper headlines. (We spent last Shabbos shaken up and did not think that the insight bears waiting until next year.)
He Who Aspires to the Crown of Torah: Effective Strategies
for Strengthening Oneself and Overcoming the
The posuk tells us in Haazinu, "Binu shenos dor vo'dor" -- strive to understand the years, i.e., the nature, of each and every generation. Each generation is a subject unto itself and requires careful study in order to comprehend it. When one does understand the generation, one comes to grasp also what its task is and what its goal is. Through this it becomes possible to assess and to clarify the particular mode of conduct that the generation demands.
Washing Up: Understanding the Mitzvah of Bathing Before
"Erev Shabbos Rebbi Yehuda bar Ilai was brought a basin full of hot water and washed his hands, face, and feet. Afterwards he wrapped himself in tallis as if he were a holy angel" (Shabbos 25b). From here our Sages derive that "There is a mitzvah to wash in hot water erev Shabbos" (Shulchan Oruch 260,1).
Politica: Stiff Reprimand
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