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Rabbi Boruch Leff

Rabbi Boruch Leff is a vice-principal at Torah Institute in Baltimore. "Are You Growing?" (Feldheim), his just released book, is a must read if you want to grow spiritually. Click here for info on the book.

Neil Armstrong’s High Holiday Lesson

Neil Armstrong’s High Holiday Lesson

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Ten words that changed the world.


Climbing Mount Washington

Climbing Mount Washington

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In a matter of minutes, I went from feeling hero to fool.


Let's Not Let Passover Pass Over

Let's Not Let Passover Pass Over

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Let's Not Let Passover pass over


Debt Ceiling and Tisha B’Av

Debt Ceiling and Tisha B’Av

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Raising our personal debt ceiling for tolerance and peace will bring down the spiritual debt of our nation.


Will We Remember Leiby in a Month?

Will We Remember Leiby in a Month?

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How to make a permanent change for Leiby's memory.


Turning 40

Turning 40

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For my 40th birthday, I decided to dream again.


Facing the Music

Facing the Music

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A year after my mother's death, I couldn't bring myself to listen to music again.


Dealing with Death

Dealing with Death

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Death ends a life, not a relationship.


LeBronathon

LeBronathon

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How to hype up your life.


Correcting Our Vision

Correcting Our Vision

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Why did God create so many of us with faulty vision?


Deep Water Test

Deep Water Test

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The secret to making lasting changes.


Shabbos and Competition

Shabbos and Competition

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We should only be competitive with ourselves.


God At The Crossroads Of Our Lives

God At The Crossroads Of Our Lives

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Jerry and his wife, Karen, were facing a crisis. They had moved to Wheeling, West Virginia from the suburbs of Chicago just 2 years before, due to a ...


Turn On the Lights

Turn On the Lights

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Why do we signify Shabbat's entry by lighting up the lights?


Shmini Atzeret: Simcha Without the Sukkah?

Shmini Atzeret: Simcha Without the Sukkah?

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We have a difficult problem to address. Sukkot is called "Zman Simchateinu," the Season of our Joy, in the Festival Shemoneh Esrai prayers. This is ...


The Shema, Our Emotions, and Our Commandments

The Shema, Our Emotions, and Our Commandments

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Rabbi Yaakov Weinberg, of blessed memory, was once walking in the corridor toward the Main Study Hall (Beit Midrash) of the Ner Israel Rabbinical ...


Facing Death Properly

Facing Death Properly

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Death. We never truly wish to face the fact that one day we will eventually die. Yet, we ignore it at our own peril. We must live our lives in ways ...


The Weekly Wedding

The Weekly Wedding

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What does it mean that Shabbat is married to the Jewish people?


Capital Punishment and Curbing Crime

Capital Punishment and Curbing Crime

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You would get the impression from a few verses in Parshas Masay that the Torah takes the crime of homicide very seriously. No less than 29 verses ...


Is the Torah Anti-Semitic?

Is the Torah Anti-Semitic?

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The authorship of the Torah has one of two possibilities: either God wrote it, or a human being wrote it. Let's take for argument's sake the side ...


Losing Weight this Passover

Losing Weight this Passover

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Passover's solution to why diets don't work.


Why Clouds?

Why Clouds?

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Mystical lessons within the clouds.


Do Animals Have Rights?

Do Animals Have Rights?

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"We condemn totally the infliction of suffering upon our brother animals, and the curtailment of their enjoyment, unless it be necessary for their ...


Snow: The Dark Side

Snow: The Dark Side

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The blizzard hits and life goes haywire. Understanding the mystical challenge can make it a gorgeous blanket of snow.


Parenting Advice

Parenting Advice

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We all try to be perfect parents. We all know how difficult it is to be a perfect parent. And eventually we realize that we can never be perfect ...


Sefira Beards and Beacons

Sefira Beards and Beacons

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Rabbi Yaakov Weinberg's insights on the mourning period for Rebbe Akiva's students.


Sabbatical Year: Unraveling the Torah's Authorship

Sabbatical Year: Unraveling the Torah's Authorship

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How the laws of Shmita help to show that a human being could not have written the Torah.


Following the Rabbi's Lead

Following the Rabbi's Lead

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In Israel, religious political parties generally consult spiritual leaders on a wide range of issues. To a modern person, it seems odd that ...


God's Love for Us

God's Love for Us

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Have you ever felt uninspired in your Judaism? Did you ever wonder if there was some kind of special weapon that can be used against despair and ...


The Pursuit of Happiness

The Pursuit of Happiness

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Yes, we all are entitled to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Life and liberty come easily, but it seems that while we indeed pursue ...


Losing Weight this Passover

Losing Weight this Passover

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Passover's solution to why diets don't work.


Status as a Symbol

Status as a Symbol

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The topics of repentance and Yom Kippur need not be all fire and brimstone. There is much about repentance that is positive, inspiring, and ...


Is Competition Healthy?

Is Competition Healthy?

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Sadly, Moshe prepares to leave the stage in this week's Parsha, Vayelech. He declares that he will not be leading the Jewish people into the Land of ...


A Personal God

A Personal God

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Elul. The very mention of this repentance-filled, preparatory month before Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, usually evokes feelings of dread. ...


Cells of One Organism

Cells of One Organism

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Joey was having a rough time. His fourteen-year-old mind was beginning to challenge much of what he had always taken for granted. He didn't ...


Loud Libraries

Loud Libraries

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Libraries are usually quiet places to allow for contemplation and concentration. Yet, if you walk into a Torah study hall, you may be surprised at ...


Surviving a Spiritual Recession

Surviving a Spiritual Recession

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How to get through life's ups and downs.


Children and Sacrifices

Children and Sacrifices

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No, we will not be discussing child sacrifice, but rather, the sacrifices parents make for their children. If we had to link two commandments in ...


Exile and Its Egregious Effects

Exile and Its Egregious Effects

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We may not notice it as much as previous generations did due to the relative good relations with the non-Jewish world (though recent events have ...


If Dogs Could Talk

If Dogs Could Talk

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Seeing versus hearing – which sense would you choose?


Appreciating the Process

Appreciating the Process

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"First, I was dying to finish high school. Then, I was dying to finish college. After that, I was dying to get married. Then, I was dying to have ...


Remembering Sinai

Remembering Sinai

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"Rabbi, do you really think the Torah is to be taken literally? Isn't it just a nice book of legends?" "And do you really believe the story of ...


It's Not Really the Thought That Counts

It's Not Really the Thought That Counts

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For the past several years, our brethren in Israel have faced terrorism of the most horrendous kind. Dozens of suicide bombings, numerous sniper ...


Give War a Chance

Give War a Chance

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"War is a crime against humanity." "There is no such thing as a justified war." These are statements from pacifists. "Pacifism: Opposition to the ...


Success That Hurts

Success That Hurts

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The headlines shock us. It seems like every few weeks the newspapers report more and more crime scandals involving famous athletes or Hollywood ...


Killing With Love

Killing With Love

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We know that sometimes people ignore the message and kill the messenger. Judaism actually teaches that we must ignore the messenger and apply (or ...


Learning how to lead

Learning how to lead

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The first Rashi in Parshat Be'Ha'alotcha raises a puzzling question. (Loose translation): "Why was the section of the Menorah placed near the ...


Permission to Protect

Permission to Protect

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What you see is what you get.


The Wonder of Thunder

The Wonder of Thunder

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What's the deeper meaning behind the creation of a loud smack right in the middle of a heavy rainstorm?


Shavuot: The 'Weekest' Link

Shavuot: The 'Weekest' Link

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For the weekly Torah portion in Israel, please click here: http://www.aish.com/torahportion/kolyaakov/Permission_to_Protect.asp Passover has its ...