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Expand Article Parshas Emor
In this week’s Parsha, we find that a Pasuk relating to Tzedaka is suddenly placed among the Pesukim describing our Holidays, our Moadim, “When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not remove completely the corners of your field; as you reap ....


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Expand Article Birds on the Roof - THE PARABLES OF THE BEN ISH CHAI
Once a man asked the following question to his clever child, "Let’s assume that ten birds landed on the roof of our house.  Soon four archers approached the house. Each one shot a single arrow and killed one bird - so that now four of the birds ....


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Expand Article Emor - Anticipation and Opportunity
“You shall guard (ushmartem) the Mitzvos and do them…” (Vayikra 22:31) What is meant by guarding the Mitzvos that isn’t included in doing them? The Chasam Sofer explains the word guard (ushmartem) to mean anticipate. We find t ....


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Expand Article The Value of a Quarter.
Several years ago, a rabbi from out-of-state accepted a call to a community in Houston , Texas. Some weeks after he arrived, he had an occasion to ride the bus from his home to the downtown area.  When he sat down, he discovered that the ....


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Expand Article Global Trust in HaShem
Sefer Mitzvoth HaBitachon
 
Rav Aba  expounded on the verse, "Trust in HaShem forever, for He is HaShem-the strength of the worlds" (Yesheyahu 26:4):
 
"Trust in HaShem"-all of mankind must strengthen their fai ....


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Expand Article Acharei Mos/Kedoshim
Affinity

“and you shall love your fellow as yourself, I am Hashem.” (Vayikra 19:18)

How can we possibly love another person as much as we love our self?

The Meshech Chochma writes that the meaning of as yourself ....


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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 ....


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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 ....


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Expand Article HiShamer B’Nega Tzoraas
In last week’s Parsha, we find the difference between a Metzorah Musgar, who is someone locked away in order to determine whether he really has a definite Tzoraas affliction, and a Metzora Muchlat, who is someone who definitely has Tzoraas. The per ....


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Expand Article V’Ahavta L’Rayacha Komocha
In this week’s Parsha, we find the immense Mitzvah of "V’Ahavta L’Rayacha Komocha" (Vayikra 19:18)--you shall love your fellow as yourself. The scope and breadth of this "K’lal Gadol B’Torah--great principle of the Torah" (Shabbos 31A) includes the ....


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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 ....


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Expand Article Erev Shabbos-Hilchos Shabbos Series:
The following are excerpted from the outstanding work HaShabbos BeTifarta (Hebrew, Volume 2) by HaRav Avraham Chaim Hadas, Shlita, which contains many Halacha Le’Maaseh Shailos, and outstanding pictures to clarify and remember the Halachos.

a. ....


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Expand Article Tazriah Metzora
The Ramban (Vayikra 13, 47) writes that tzora’as is a completely supernatural phenomenon. It occurs only in the
chosen land of Eretz Yisroel, it will befall only the Jewish People - and only when they maintain an elevated
level of spiritual ....


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Expand Article Parshas Tazria Metzora
Well for those poor souls who were not able to find the time or energy to cut their hair before Pesach, this year as Rosh Chodesh Iyar falls on Erev Shabbas and Shabbas, according to all minhagim it is permissible on Erev Shabbas, to cut one’s hair ....


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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 ....


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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 ....


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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 ....


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Expand Article Parshas Shmini
The Trait of Embarrassment

This parsha opens with the final day of the dedication ceremony of the Tabernacle. Moshe tells Aharon to offer certain sacrifices. “And Moshe said to Aharon: ‘Go close to the Alter and offer your sin offe ....


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Expand Article Parshas Tzav
Why is the Shabbas before Pesach called Shabbas Hagadol ?  -  Because of the miracle that happened on that Shabbas, before we went out of Egypt.  The Mishna Brerer explains,   that in the year that we went out of Egyp ....


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