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Expand Article STOP AND THINK
Among the brochos that Yaakov Avinu eternally blessed his children with was the brocha which he gave to his Bechor, Reuven. The words of this brocha include 'Pachaz KaMayim Al Tosar'--You acted with water-like impetuosity.' There is a preliminary ....


Posted 1/9/2007 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Thoughts for the Week


Expand Article BREAK-FAST
Will we let Aseres B’Teves pass us after partaking of a bagel and juice or some other break-fast? Our body remembers the fast for a while after our abstinence. Our souls should remember it at least as long. Chazal (Shabbos 31A) teach that one of ....


Posted 1/2/2007 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Thoughts for the Week


Expand Article Dont forget my list
Your best friend is going to Eretz Yisroel to visit for a few days. You give him your 'wish list'--the things you really need him to bring back for you, and a couple of personal things to take care of. '...and please don't forget my list!' Upon hi ....


Posted 12/19/2006 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Thoughts for the Week


Expand Article Chanukah...
Chanukah celebrates the incredible military victory by a sacred few. We are reminded of the three Shevuyim: [red]ELDAD BEN TOVA, EHUD BEN MALKA, and GILAD BEN AVIVA[/red]. Perhaps it would be appropriate to [b]recite a Kepital Tehillim [/b]for them ....


Posted 12/17/2006 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Thoughts for the Week


Expand Article INFLUENTIA
On Chanukah, we celebrate not only the defeat of the Greeks, but also our staunch dedication against the Greek influence. It is interesting to note that the Chofetz Chaim, in his explanation of the siddur, writes that the brocha of 'Sheloh Asani G ....


Posted 12/12/2006 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Thoughts for the Week


Expand Article Yahrtzeit of Rebbe Yehuda HaNassi today
Today, 14th of Kislev, is the yahrtzeit of Rebbe Yehuda HaNassi, the final codifier of our Mishnayos. It would only be fitting for everyone capable to learn a Mishna L'Ilui Nishmaso. We all know that our Mishnayos are the basis of Torah SheBaal Peh ....


Posted 12/5/2006 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Thoughts for the Week


Expand Article TESHUVA POINTS
1. Time is a most precious commodity. Our minutes are measured, and, if they are not, maybe they should be! When a Torah Jew is asked 'Gotta minute?' he pauses for a moment before responding. Indeed, our days are marked by special Halachic points ....


Posted 11/16/2006 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Thoughts for the Week


Expand Article HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE IS NOT ENOUGH
The Chofetz Chaim (Chovas Hashemira, Chapter 13) ponders the following question: A person takes out insurance on his house, so that if, chas v'shalom, a fire occurs, he will have enough funds to rebuild his home. But a house is made only of wood or ....


Posted 10/31/2006 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Thoughts for the Week


Expand Article Yahrtzeit of HaRav Meir Shapiro
Today (Sunday) is the Yahrtzeit of HaRav Meir Shapiro, ZT'L, and is also the first day of the Daf Yomi study of Mesechta Beitza. If one starts today, he will be able to make seven (7) siyumim over the next seven (7) months. Moreover, the mesechtos ....


Posted 10/29/2006 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Thoughts for the Week


Expand Article AIR TRAVEL
Less than two weeks ago, we began reciting 'Mashiv HaRuach U'Morid HaGeshem--He causes the wind to blow and brings down the rain.' The Kuntres Avodas HaTefillah adds a bit more depth. Hashem causes the wind to blow--bringing the clouds to where the ....


Posted 10/26/2006 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Thoughts for the Week


Expand Article KIBUD AV V-AIM
a. Unless a parent is knowingly mochel, it is forbidden to refer to your father or mother by their first name (even when requested for identification purposes)without a title of honor preceding the first name, whether or not they are present and whet ....


Posted 10/19/2006 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Thoughts for the Week


Expand Article Make each moment count.
Moshe asks of Hashem, "To count our days so teach us, then we shall acquire wisdom (Psalm 90, verse 12)." Psalm 90 is one of the eleven psalms composed by Moshe that David incorporated into his Tehillim. What does Moshe mean when he asks ....


Posted 10/10/2006 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Thoughts for the Week


Expand Article FLYING HIGH
We have now entered the lofty period between Yom Kippur and Sukkos, in which our ancestors donated all of the funds and material necessary to build the Mishkan--the first "earthly" sanctuary for Hashem since the creation of Man some 2448 ye ....


Posted 10/5/2006 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Thoughts for the Week


Expand Article BRINGING BROCHA
The Kitzur Shulchan Aruch (6:1) writes the following succinct halacha: Before starting a brocha, know how it will end, so that when you say the name of Hashem, which is the main part of the brocha, you know what the brocha is referring to. This is ....


Posted 10/3/2006 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Thoughts for the Week


Expand Article COMPLACENT?
We all know that this Friday is the first day of Elul. The knowledge that it is, however, two days off may allow us to press the 'snooze button' one more time. While on snooze, we urge you to think about Rosh Chodesh Elul in some way. One thing to ....


Posted 8/24/2006 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Thoughts for the Week


Expand Article REAP THE PROFITS
The story is told of a frugal gentlemen who passed away and was called to task by the Heavenly Court for not having given adequate charity. Before he was to begin receiving his punishment, he pleaded “Give me my checkbook! I will write as many che ....


Posted 8/18/2006 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Thoughts for the Week


Expand Article THE REAL CEASEFIRE
The Navi (Yeshaya 32:17) teaches: 'And the deed of righteousness shall be peace, and the act of righteousness [shall be] tranquility and safety until eternity.' What then are the deeds and righteousness, the acts of righteousness, that the Navi w ....


Posted 8/17/2006 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Thoughts for the Week


Expand Article PARSHAS HAYIRA
This week's Parsha contains the Parshas HaYira (Devorim 10:12-11:9). This Parsha is published in many Siddurim, including the Artscroll Siddur, at page 181a. If one cannot ordinarily make the time to recite this Parsha every day, we highly recommen ....


Posted 8/11/2006 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Thoughts for the Week


Expand Article Thoughts from Tehillim
In the first Psalm, the righteous person is compared to "a tree set into the ground near streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season, and whose leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does he will succeed." When G-d created t ....


Posted 8/6/2006 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Thoughts for the Week


Expand Article THE SEVENTEENTH OF TAMMUZ
Today is the Seventeenth day of Tammuz, a fast day by Takanas HaNeviim, which is no small matter. If we look at the number 17, we will soon realize that it is concomitantly the Gematria of each of 'Oy', 'Chait', and 'Tov. Thus, we see that the powe ....


Posted 7/13/2006 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Thoughts for the Week



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