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Bribery- A law of nature
Parshas Masei The Torah commands us not to take bribery because “Hashochad Ye’aver einiey Tzaddikim…” loosely translated, the “bribery will blind the eyes of the righteous etc…”. The
So there I was, changing my daughter out of her pajamas and trying to fit her with a nice, clean stretchy. As I maneuvered her tiny hands out of their sleeves, I encountered tough resistance. Surp
WHAT DID THE MERAGLIM BRING BACK???
The Sweetness of Shabbos
In this week’s parsha Hashem tells Moshe in reply to him asking if to send spies: "ùÑÀìÇç ìÀêÈ àÂðÈùÑÄéí" ; Rashi explains, "Send forth men, if you please. I am not telling you what to d
Bikkurim: An Exercise in Loving the Land
Bikkurim: An Exercise in Loving the Land The mitzvah of Bikkurim is accompanied by a unique verbal declaration. The Jewish farmer, offering his ‘First Fruits,’ begins with an historical account of t
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Shavuos – The Night That Isn’t – Dovid HaMelech and Us
Rav Moshe Shapiro ZT”L was wont to say that on Shavuos we received two gifts; the Torah and Dovid HaMelech. We know that important conjunctions are not coincidental. Therefore, there must be a themat
Parshas Bamidbar and Shavuos – The Flags of the Malachim
The major theme of this week’s Parsha is the encampment of Klal Yisroel in the desert. This is a series of concentric camps starting from the four camps of the Shevatim, then the camps of the Leviim
Parshas B’Chukosai – Stand Tall
Every morning in Birchos Krias Shema, before we accept the yoke of Malchus Shamayim, we say the Bracha of Ahava Rabbah – our attestation of the overwhelming love HaShem has for us. The Bracha begins
Parshas B’Har – The Portion of the Ger in Eretz Yisroel
In this week’s Parsha, (at least in Eretz Yisroel it is B’Har) we discuss the various portions in Eretz Yisroel, and their ownership. The Parsha then segues into ownership of other types of property.
Human nature is to get attached to what we invest in. Whether it’s time, energy, money or any kind of effort-the more we invest in something the more we become attached to it. If we build something
The most susceptible to external influence is by far children. Often described as a blank sheet of paper, whatever the educator manages to inscribe becomes the future adult. By the time children g
Recognizing our uniquness
Since we were young children it’s been impressed upon us the importance of achdus(unity). We are taught ‘’ein lecha kli hamachzik et habracha keshalom‘’. As well, every young child is familiar wit
The àáéìåú of ñôéøä is extremely puzzling. 1,800 years ago a large number of Talmidei Chochomim passed away. It is even told to us, that it was because they did not treat each other honorably. But t
The message of Matzah
Chametz on Pesach has its own unique category of stringency, we clean everything and everywhere, we have separate pesach dishes and we go after every last piece with no exceptions. Why so extrem
The seven-maid servants
The Megilah tells us about the episode of Esther being taken to palace of King Achashverosh together with all of the other girls. Hagai, a minister of the king, noted Esther’s potential in becomin
Esthers secret identity
ìà äâéãä àñúø àú òîä åàú îåìúãä ëé îøãëé öåä òìéä àùø ìà úâéã" ” Rashi explains the reason Mordechai commanded Esther not to reveal her identity is so that the royal staff would assume th
Parshas Mishpatim – Splitting the Blood and the Half Shekel
This week’s Parsha is in between two momentous events; Matan Torah in Yisro, and the sin of the Eigel in Ki Tisa. Even though most of the Parsha does concern itself with Mishpatim – Laws- at the end
Parshas Yisro –Seeing the Sounds
This week’s Parsha is the recounting of Kabalas HaTorah. The events of that foundational experience of Klal Yisroel are indelibly inscribed in the Neshama of the nation. Therefore, we need to examine
Pinchas, Providence and Patience
After the episode in òøáåú îåàá, where the evil king áì÷ sent out Moabite women to go seduce áðé éùøàì and caused them to sin and worship òáåãä æøò. After æîøé áï ñìå openly disgraces 'ä and disregar
One question I've always had is why we say Modim Derabanan while the chazan is saying modim.We don't really do this for any other section in shmone Esrei so what is is so special about Modim. The answ
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