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Privacy and Modesty

By Tali Loewenthal
Our role as Jews is to be an example. The Torah describes us, thousands of years ago, as expressing the virtues of modesty and privacy.

Aren’t My Friends Just Awesome?

By Chana Weisberg
He would guzzle down my mother’s delicacies, spilling some on our pristine white tablecloth.

Learn the Parshah in Depth

A condensation of the weekly Torah portion alongside select commentaries culled from the Midrash, Talmud, Chassidic masters, and the broad corpus of Jewish scholarship.

What to Expect at a Brit Milah

By Nechama Golding
What is expected of you at a traditional brit milah, and what should you expect?

Why Do Jews Toast L’Chaim—To Life?

By Yehuda Shurpin
Is there a uniquely Jewish reason for this custom?

Why Does Torah Law Allow Polygamy?

By Tzvi Freeman
Why make room for trouble? If the ideal union of man and woman is an exclusive one, why should “a nation of priests and a holy people” compromise?

Why Can’t We Have a Double-Ring Ceremony?

By Aron Moss
The idea that there is a problem with the bride also giving the groom a ring seems absurd to me. Surely I have as much say in the agreement to be married as my husband-to-be?

The “Leap Second” and What It Means to You

By Mendy Kaminker

Watch the Rebbe Retell a Story About the Previous Rebbe

Long before his bar mitzvah, he was already preoccupied with doing acts of kindness . . . even when it entailed danger.

Practical Halachah: The Three Weeks

By Rabbi Yosef Shusterman
Learn the laws and customs for the mourning period of the “Three Weeks,” which begin with the fast of 17 Tammuz, and culminates with the fast of Tisha B’Av.

Balaam’s “Believe It or Not”

By Mendel Kaplan
An in-depth analysis of some of the most unusual prophecies ever known to humankind!

Torah Night Vision

By Pinchas Taylor
Just as one cannot see in the dark, the world too can be misleading. Torah is more than a moral code or wisdom to achieve scholarship; most importantly, it enables us to see.

Why I Didn’t Marry David

By Jolie Greiff
At dinner I found myself sitting across from David. He was smart, not bad looking, and had a real British sense of humo(u)r. After the meal ended, we continued talking for over an hour.

How Can I Stop Worrying All the Time?

By Sarah Chana Radcliffe
We know way too much. Information from every corner of the world comes flooding in, and much of it is not good—tragedy, terror, trauma . . .

Mud, Campfires and Family Memories

By Esther Karp
I wasn’t sure what this trip would be like, since we hadn’t been camping in a while, and we were hardly kids anymore. But not only did this camping trip work well, it shed a whole new light onto my family camping experiences.

Crunchy Summer Garden Salad

By Miriam Szokovski
This salad screams summer, and with two dressing options and lots of add-ins, you can personalize it to your taste.

The Previous Rebbe

By Chana Rivka Hawkins

Beneath the Fedora: A Day in the Life of a Chabad ‘Yeshivah Bochur’

By Menachem Posner
Young lives filled with Torah study and helping others. Who they are, what they do and where they go in the Jewish world.

Day School Gets High Marks for Turning the Jewish Educational Tide in Buenos Aires

By Dovid Margolin
Wolfsohn-Tabacinic school has changed lives and forged a community; it’s become a foundation for the future.

Rays of Light Amid Loss: A Torah in Memory of Seven Children Killed in New York Fire

By Menachem Posner
Encourage joy, urges Gabriel Sassoon, a father who has lost so much; learn Torah and live by it.

Assisted-Living Seniors to Mix With Preschoolers at Innovative South Florida Residence

By Menachem Posner
Facility to offer glatt-kosher food, plus classes, religious services and next-door access to a Chabad center.

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On Friday, July 3, 2015,
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Torah Reading: Balak

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