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Expand Article PIRKEI AVOS\THE ETHICS OF OUR FATHERS 3:2 The Shalom Yisrael Initiative
"Rabbi Chanina, the deputy High Priest says: Pray for peace of the country."
  Peace is the greatest and most precious of all attributes. Yet, since the beginning of creation the world has not enjoyed an abundance of peace. & ....


Posted 4/28/2009 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Thoughts for the Week | Comments (0)


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Expand Article HIS Gentle Reminders
As we move towards Kabbalas HaTorah, we provide the following enlightening words of Chazal (Yalkut Shimoni to Mishlei 4):

"There are 248 Mitzvos Aseh in the Torah and 248 limbs of the body--for each limb reminds and cries out to the person ‘Pe ....


Posted 4/27/2009 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Thoughts for the Week | Comments (0)


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Expand Article Ani Hashem Rofecha - IYAR
The Sefer Ta’amei HaMinhagim (page 251) writes that our new month of Iyar is tried and tested as a time for refuah, healing, from the ailments and pains that may affect a person. Why is this so? He brings the B’nai Yisaschar, who teaches that most ....


Posted 4/27/2009 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Thoughts for the Week | Comments (0)


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Expand Article The Chain of Trust
Duties of the Heart/The Gate of Trust in God

One of the most crucial principles of trust in HaShem concerns one’s perception of the diverse causes that affect our lives. The causes that we encounter are manifest through a series of prece ....


Posted 4/24/2009 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Thoughts for the Week | Comments (0)


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Expand Article THE PARABLES OF THE BEN ISH CHAI
There was once a wealthy man that had two sons. He owned many properties that yielded abundant income. Nevertheless, he wanted his sons to engage in business so that they should have a purpose in their lives. He gave each son $5000 and instructed the ....


Posted 4/23/2009 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Thoughts for the Week | Comments (0)


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Expand Article The Aleinu Prayer
Today, the 28th day of Nissan, marks the day that Yericho fell to the Hakafos and Shofar blasts (and not to the military prowess) of B’nei Yisroel.  It was none other than Yehoshua Bin Nun who composed Aleinu at that time in recognition of Hashe ....


Posted 4/23/2009 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Thoughts for the Week | Comments (0)


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Expand Article The Goodness of Empathy - Pirkei Avos
One of the ways to acquire Torah is to help your friend bear his burden of troubles, i.e., to help your friend when he has a problem.
 
There are two aspects that lead to the fulfillment of helping your friend bear the burden of his t ....


Posted 4/23/2009 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Thoughts for the Week | Comments (0)


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Expand Article My World and Welcome to It
The Mishna in Sanhedrin (37A) teaches that Adam HaRishon was created alone, yet has tens of billions of uniquely different descendents, in order for us to understand that someone who destroys one human life is considered to have destroyed the whole ....


Posted 4/1/2009 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Thoughts for the Week | Comments (0)


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Expand Article Yemai HaMiluim
The following note is excerpted from The Book of Our Heritage--the wonderful English translation of Rabbi Eliyahu Kitov’s, Z’tl, classic Sefer HaToda’ah: The last seven days of Adar--beginning yesterday from the twenty-third of Adar until Rosh Chod ....


Posted 3/20/2009 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Thoughts for the Week | Comments (0)


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Expand Article Lighting a Fire on Shabbos
Chazal (Shabbos 118B) teach "If Yisroel would observe two Shabbosos according to Halacha, they would be redeemed immediately. In fact, the Medrash (Shemos Rabbah 25:16), reduces this remarkable guarantee to the proper observance of even just one Sh ....


Posted 3/20/2009 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Thoughts for the Week | Comments (0)


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Expand Article The Spice of Shabbat - THE PARABLES OF THE BEN ISH CHAI
The emperor said to Rebe Yehoshua ben Chananya, "Why does the Shabbos food have such a fragrant aroma?" He answered, "We have a certain seasoning called Shabbos, which we put into it, and that gives it a fragrant aroma."  The emperor asked, "Giv ....


Posted 3/19/2009 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Thoughts for the Week | Comments (0)


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Expand Article Kavannah When Reciting the Names of Hashem
The Shulchan Aruch (Orach Chaim 5) rules that when reciting Hashem’s name of Yud Keh Vav Keh one should have Kavannah that Hashem is Master of All, and that He Was, Is, and Will Be.  The Shulchan Aruch also rules (ibid.) that when reciting the n ....


Posted 3/19/2009 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Thoughts for the Week | Comments (0)


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Expand Article Appreciating HIdden Lessons
The Megillah is filled with hidden miracles--and with so many hidden lessons.  We would like to bring one of those lessons to the fore, with the following story related by a rabbi from Brooklyn, who heard it directly from Rebbetzin Kanievsky, ....


Posted 3/6/2009 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Thoughts for the Week | Comments (0)


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Expand Article Haman's Tree
HaRav Shimon Schwab, Z’tl, (Rav Schwab on Prayer, Artscroll, p.526) poses a "I should have thought of that" question: Why does the Megillah in some detail, and why do Chazal subsequently in Al HaNissim, spend the time and effort to describe that Ha ....


Posted 3/6/2009 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Thoughts for the Week | Comments (0)


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Expand Article The Power of Mishloach Manos
The Megillah teaches that Haman could not bear to see Mordechai fail to bow before him (Esther 3:6). However, it was “beneath his dignity” for him to hurt Mordechai alone, so he instead devised a plan by which Mordechai’s entire people would be ext ....


Posted 3/3/2009 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Thoughts for the Week | Comments (0)


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Expand Article Im HaSefer Yoshuv Mashachvto Hara
In the Megillah (Esther, 9:25), when Esther comes to plead before her people, the Megillah records Achashveirosh’s response: "Im HaSefer Yoshuv Mashachvto Hara…"--what is the meaning of the phrase "Im HaSefer?" Note: One should go through the Megil ....


Posted 3/2/2009 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Thoughts for the Week | Comments (0)


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Expand Article Halachos relating to Brachos and Benching
Here is an excerpt from the excellent new Guidelines Sefer, "Questions and Answers About the Laws of Brachos". The website to obtain the Sefer is http://www.targum.com. We present below seve ....


Posted 2/26/2009 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Thoughts for the Week | Comments (0)


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Expand Article Mishenichnas Adar Marbin B’Simcha
Chazal excitingly teach that "Mishenichnas Adar Marbin B’Simcha". HaRav Dessler, Z’tl, (Michtav M’Eliyahu, Volume 2, Page 125) writes that the Simcha we experience during this month should be built upon day after day, so that it continuously grows ....


Posted 2/26/2009 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Thoughts for the Week | Comments (0)


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Expand Article Thriving in the Cold
Now that the special days of Chanukah have passed, we look to about six weeks of Winter until Tu B’Shvat arrives and the first indications of blossoming flowers and fruits arrive in Eretz Yisroel.  The thought of Winter may make one feel chill ....


Posted 1/1/2009 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Thoughts for the Week | Comments (0)


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Expand Article Hilchos Chanukah
Chanukah is a day closer!  We begin a series of Halachos relating to Chanukah.  This first Halacha is provided by The Vaad L’maan Yahadus of Los Angeles (Rabbi Gershon Bess, Shlita). The Vaad can be contacted at 323-933-5031.

Tim ....


Posted 12/19/2008 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Thoughts for the Week | Comments (0)



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