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Expand Article Hilchos Chanukah, continued
We continue with our Halachos of Chanukah series.  The following questions and answers are culled from Derech Sicha (Teshuvos of HaRav Chaim Kanievsky, Shlita).

a.      In the HaNeiros Halalu, we recite, “V’Ch ....


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


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Expand Article PIRKEI AVOS/ETHICS OF THE FATHERS \4:2
The greatest of all virtues is the attainment of the Iyan Tova, i.e., a "good eye". That is, a completely positive view of others - to see the good in every human being.
 
If a person sees someone act improperly and thereby invalidate ....


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


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Expand Article Notes on Eating (and Bentching)
The Eliyahu Rabba (Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 170) makes the following important points about eating:

a. A person’s personal meal can be turned into a Seudas Mitzvah simply by consciously eating to keep his body strong for Avodas Hashem--not ....


Posted 12/4/2008 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Thoughts for the Week | Comments (0)


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Expand Article Our Inherent Decency
PIRKEI AVOS/ETHICS OF THE FATHERS ________5:24
 
"Yehudah ben Tema said: The respectful people go to Gan Eden. May it be Your will, HaShem, our G-d and the G-d of our Forefathers, that the Holy Temple be rebuilt quickly in our days, an ....


Posted 12/4/2008 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Thoughts for the Week | Comments (0)


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Expand Article The Certainty of Trust in HaShem
THE FAITH AND TRUST OF PSALMS____________31:5-8
 
Release me from this net which they have set for me, for You are my strength. I entrust my spirit into Your hand, You have freed me, HaShem - Almighty and Faithful G-d. I will greatly r ....


Posted 12/4/2008 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Thoughts for the Week | Comments (0)


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Expand Article Don't Panic!
HaRav Matisyahu Solomon, Shlita, recently provided the following insight on how we should react to the current world situation:

"We don’t know what is going on in the world."

However, we can take some instruction from the Tefillos of Rosh ....


Posted 12/4/2008 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Thoughts for the Week | Comments (0)


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Expand Article The Importance of Teaching with Tenderness
THE WISDOM OF THE TALMUD
 
The Talmud (Brachos 58a) relates an incident in which Rabbi Sheshes, who was blind, went out to see the royal procession. Yet, what purpose is there in a blind man going to behold the king?
 
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Posted 12/4/2008 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Thoughts for the Week | Comments (0)


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Expand Article HaKoras HaTov; Feeling His Presence
In last week’s Parsha, we find that Lot accomplished something that even Avraham Avinu could not accomplish. Although Avraham davened for each one of the five cities to be saved, Hashem advised him that there was an insufficient number of Tzadikim ....


Posted 12/3/2008 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Thoughts for the Week | Comments (0)


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Expand Article A Wellspring of Strength
PIRKEI AVOS/ETHICS OF THE FATHERS _______5:23
 
Yehudah ben Tema said: Be bold as a leopard; light as an eagle; swift as a deer; and strong as a lion to carry out the will of your Father in Heaven.
 
This passage reveals ....


Posted 12/3/2008 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Thoughts for the Week | Comments (0)


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Expand Article PIRKEI AVOS/ETHICS OF THE FATHERS ____4:2
Ben Azzai said: Run to perform an easy Mitzvah and flee from committing a transgression; for one Mitzvah leads to the performance of a Mitzvah, while a sin leads to sin; for the reward of a Mitzvah is a Mitzvah and the consequence of a sin is a sin.& ....


Posted 11/28/2008 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Thoughts for the Week | Comments (0)


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Expand Article THE AGADATTA OF THE TALMUD
Rabi said, "Some people acquire their share in the World to Come in one moment, whereas others acquire their share in the World to Come in a few moments."
 
There are moments in life when a person attains absolute clarity of HaShem. Th ....


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Expand Article PIRKEI AVOS/ETHICS OF THE FATHERS ____4:2
Ben Azzai said: Run to perform an easy Mitzvah and flee from committing a transgression; for one Mitzvah leads to the performance of a Mitzvah, while a sin leads to sin; for the reward of a Mitzvah is a Mitzvah and the consequence of a sin is a sin. ....


Posted 11/11/2008 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Thoughts for the Week | Comments (0)


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Expand Article PIRKEI AVOS/ETHICS OF THE FATHERS 4:17
Rabbi Yose ben Yoezer was a saintly scholar who was martyred by the Syrian-Greeks. As he was being lead to his execution he encountered Yoyakim, a Jew, who abandoned his faith. Yoyakim was mounted on a mighty horse and remarked to the Rabbi, "Look at ....


Posted 9/25/2008 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Thoughts for the Week | Comments (0)


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Expand Article IN TIMES OF TROUBLE - THE FAITH AND TRUST OF PSALMS - 57:2
Source: The Salant Foundation   Be gracious to me, HaShem! Be gracious to me! For my soul takes refuge in You, and in the shadow of Your wings I will take refuge - until the troubles pass by.   In morta ....


Posted 9/25/2008 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Thoughts for the Week | Comments (0)


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Expand Article Rav Wolbe Z"L on Rosh Hashana
The Ramban in his introduction to the story of Akeidos Yitzchok (Bereishis 22, 1) explains the purpose of a nisoyon. A person is tested for his own benefit: so that he can be rewarded for a good deed and not merely a good heart. Though Avraham Avinu ....


Posted 9/25/2008 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Thoughts for the Week | Comments (0)


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Expand Article What We Need Is Available To Us
The Alter of Kelm, Z’tl, taught that anything most needed to live in this physical world is most available to us, and is also easy to obtain. The classic examples are, of course, air and water. The same is true for spiritual matters, the Alter taught ....


Posted 8/19/2008 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Thoughts for the Week | Comments (0)


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Expand Article Rosh Hashanah in Seven Weeks
HaRav Yechezkel Levenstein, Z’tl, compared the arrival of Moshiach to a great, but local, wedding to be held in a small town.  All those who live in town are naturally invited, because they all know the Choson and Kallah.  However, tho ....


Posted 8/12/2008 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Thoughts for the Week | Comments (0)


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Expand Article Next "Three Weeks" to Rosh Chodesh Elul
HaRav Yaakov Emden, Z’tl, in his Siddur Bais Yaakov, writes that the misfortunes, calamities, death and destruction over all these generations in our bitter exile arise from our failure to properly mourn over Yerushalayim--and this is because we ....


Posted 8/11/2008 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Thoughts for the Week | Comments (0)


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Expand Article Ami Lo Hisbonan--My nation did not consider.
The Navi (Yeshaya 1:3, which we read as part of this week’s Haftora for Shabbos Chazon) teaches “Ami Lo Hisbonan--My nation did not consider.”

Rashi adds that the people knew they were acting improperly but “tread with their heels” on this ....


Posted 8/9/2008 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Thoughts for the Week | Comments (0)


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Expand Article Today is the Seventh Day of Av.
Chazal (Taanis 29A) teach that on the Seventh Day of Av the enemy entered the Heichal, the Holy, and mocked and defiled Hashem and the Jews for three days, until they set fire to the Bais HaMikdosh.

The Nefesh HaChaim (1:4) comments on t ....


Posted 8/9/2008 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Thoughts for the Week | Comments (0)



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