Nine Red Heifers were prepared from the time that the Jewish people were commanded this mitzvah until the Second Temple was destroyed. The first was prepared by Moses, the second by Ezra, and another seven were prepared...
Mishneh Torah, Laws of the Red Heifer 3:4
How are we to determine who is Jewish, and what are we to do with the information once we have it?
By Menachem Posner
Is it inconceivable that the Sages would deprive all of Israel of the benefits afforded by one of the greatest mitzvot we have—simply on account of a few ignorant souls who might otherwise err?
By Naftali Silberberg
"Everyone is obligated to give charity. Even people supported by charity must contribute from what they receive." A law that seems radical on the one hand, and absurd on the other...
By Mendel Kalmenson
What better way to integrate my learning than to think about its implications in everyday life?
By Chaya Shuchat
Body and soul are opposites. The soul wants nothing more than to escape heavenward, to leave its existence in this world and reunite with its Infinite Source. The body, on the other hand, seeks to experience an earthly life full of earthly pleasures.
By Menachem Feldman
We are all connected, like a single, fluid mass, and this is why we are able to help each other change. When one of us begins moving forward, everyone else is pulled along. But if you yourself are standing still, how can you expect to push someone else ahead? If you need to help someone else...
Av 26, 5776
Tzemach Tzedek Departs Petersburg
In 1843, the Interior Ministry of the Czarist government convened a...