120 Words Sedra Pinchas

Who is Pinchas, this man who quelled Gd’s wrath and halted the plague? We are twice told [25:7, 25:11] Pinchas, the son of ElAzar, the son of Aharon the Cohen. We are thereby assured… Continue reading

120 Words Sedra Balak

Attractive young girls, pleased to pleasure; was the only way to confuse the Jewish soldiers and seduce them to worship the idol PeOr. We are all willing victims of an attenuated form of… Continue reading

Mind Games, the Games our Minds Play with Us

The following scenarios were not proposed in order to explain Halacha nor to outline the types of Halachic questions that are everyday occurrences. They were designed to help unravel the complicated process that… Continue reading

120 Words Sedra Chukas

The child complains about their father, to their father. The criticism is sharp, unrestrained, exaggerated and intends to wound. The child is helpless and the father all-powerful. The child’s frustration is tangible; their… Continue reading

120 Words, Sedra Korach

You, Moses and Aaron, were not the only ones to hear Gd say “I am the Lord your Gd …” argues Korach [Rashi 16:3] and therefore we all qualify to be appointed as… Continue reading

Reflections I am too Pained to Name

Every so often individuals make mistakes. Errors are part of life. We are only human, after all. But we are also divinely inspired, a spark of Gd lives within all of us. Correcting… Continue reading

Well? Is It Kosher Or Is It Not?

Just received a query from Rael. Why is the same product recognised as Kosher by one Kosher agency but not by another? Yes indeed, Slurpees are Kosher in NSW according to KAS [KASydney],… Continue reading

When a Rabbi Declares It’s Kosher, It’s Kosher

I have summarised HaRav Aviner thoughts here Question: You have stridently insisted that all Hechsherim [Kosher certifications] are acceptable. I am sure that you just don’t know how many foul-ups occur in food factories, and… Continue reading

Hearing Whatever We Want to Hear, NeBech

HaRav Steinman is approached by a well meaning school administrator. It appears that the administrator wants to get the Rav to sanction his preference to exclude some children from his school. These children… Continue reading

120 Words Sedra, Naso

Tov Shem Tov; a good name is better than the best perfume. One’s reputation is THE most precious and perhaps the most fragile of our valuables.  Can one ever be degraded yet improve… Continue reading