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Expand Article I Never Do Anything Wrong
The Shmuz on the Parsha
R’ Ben Tzion Shafier
I Never Do Anything Wrong
Parshas Nasoh
“Speak to the Bnai Yisrael and say to them: any man whose wife shall go astray and commit treachery against him. . . ” — Bamidbar 5: ....


Posted 6/17/2016 6:39 PM | Tell a Friend | Parsha Pearls | Comments (0)


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Expand Article The Blessing of Love
By: Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

At 176 verses, Naso is the longest of the parshiyot. Yet one of its most moving passages, and the one that has had the greatest impact over the course of history, is very short indeed and is known by almost ev ....


Posted 6/17/2016 5:47 PM | Tell a Friend | Parsha Pearls | Comments (0)


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Expand Article How do Torah leaders acquire secular knowledge - A Moment with Rabbi Avigdor Miller Zt"l #332(
Parshas Naaso 5776

QUESTION:

How do Torah leaders who don't read secular books get their broad knowledge?

ANSWER:
There is such a thing as sevoroh; you don't need anything outside of sevoroh. The ....


Posted 6/16/2016 7:35 PM | Tell a Friend | Parsha Pearls | Comments (0)


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Expand Article Parshas Bamidbar 5776 Erev Shavuos
QUESTION:

What is meant by derech eretz kodmah l'Torah, that derech eretz is before the Torah?

ANSWER:
Somebody told me that he couldn't find that statement; it's a Midrash Rabah in Vayikra. And it states, der ....


Posted 6/10/2016 12:23 PM | Tell a Friend | Parsha Pearls | Comments (0)


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Expand Article The Sound of Silence
By: Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

Bamidbar is usually read on the Shabbat before Shavuot. So the sages connected the two. Shavuot is the time of the giving of the Torah. Bamibar means, “In the desert.” What then is the connection between the d ....


Posted 6/10/2016 12:08 PM | Tell a Friend | Parsha Pearls | Comments (0)


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Expand Article The Power of a Tzibbur - The Shmuz on the Parsha
R’ Ben Tzion Shafier
The Power of a Tzibbur
Parshas Bechokosai

“If you go in my ways and follow my statutes…Five of you will chase a hundred, and a hundred of you will chase ten thousand, and they will fall from your swor ....


Posted 6/3/2016 5:11 PM | Tell a Friend | Parsha Pearls | Comments (0)


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Expand Article The Shmuz on the Parsha -Everybody is doing it
R’ Ben Tzion Shafier
Everybody is doing it
Parshas BeHar

“You shall sound a broken blast on the shofar, in the seventh month, on the tenth of the month; on the Day of Atonement you shall sound the Shofar throughout you ....


Posted 5/27/2016 5:14 PM | Tell a Friend | Parsha Pearls | Comments (0)


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Expand Article Family Feeling
By: Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

I argued in Covenant and Conversation Kedoshim that Judaism is more than an ethnicity. It is a call to holiness. In one sense, however, there is an important ethnic dimension to Judaism.

It is ....


Posted 5/27/2016 4:43 PM | Tell a Friend | Parsha Pearls | Comments (0)


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Expand Article Thanking Hashem for a near miss - A Moment with Rabbi Avigdor Miller Zt"l #329 (
Parshas Behar 5776

QUESTION:

I was walking in the street and I almost got hit by a car, (or almost drowned), what should I do to thank Hakadosh Baruch Hu properly?

ANSWER:
Ish ki'matnas ya'do, e ....


Posted 5/26/2016 1:52 PM | Tell a Friend | Parsha Pearls | Comments (0)


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Expand Article Sefiras Ha’Omer- Why We Count, What We Count
The Shmuz on the Parsha
R’ Ben Tzion Shafier

Parshas Emor

“And you shall count for yourselves from the day after the rest day, from the day when you bring the Omer of the waving — seven weeks, they shall be com ....


Posted 5/20/2016 3:56 PM | Tell a Friend | Parsha Pearls | Comments (0)


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Expand Article Holy Times
By: Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

The parsha of Emor contains a chapter dedicated to the festivals of the Jewish year. There are five such passages in the Torah. Two, both in the book of Exodus (Ex. 23:14-17; 34:18, 22-23), are very brief. T ....


Posted 5/20/2016 2:35 PM | Tell a Friend | Parsha Pearls | Comments (0)


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Expand Article In Search of Jewish Identitiy
By: Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

The other day I was having a conversation with a Jewish intellectual and the question came up, as it often does, as to the nature of Jewish identity. What are we? What makes us Jewish? This has been one of t ....


Posted 5/13/2016 2:56 PM | Tell a Friend | Parsha Pearls | Comments (0)


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Expand Article The Courage to Admit Mistakes.
By: Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

Some years ago I was visited by the then American ambassador to the Court of St James, Philip Lader. He told me of a fascinating project he and his wife had initiated in 1981. They had come to realise that man ....


Posted 5/6/2016 5:00 PM | Tell a Friend | Parsha Pearls | Comments (0)


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Expand Article The Missing Fifth
The Missing Fifth – An Extract from Rabbi Sacks’ Haggada

Many commentators, among them the Vilna Gaon, have drawn attention to the influence of the number four in connection with the Haggadah. There are four fours:

Th ....


Posted 4/21/2016 3:39 PM | Tell a Friend | Gut Shabbos & Gut Yom Tov | Comments (0)


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Expand Article The Eighth Day
By: Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

Our parsha begins with childbirth and, in the case of a male child, “On the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised” (Lev. 12:3). This became known not just as milah, “circumcision”, but some ....


Posted 4/8/2016 4:44 PM | Tell a Friend | Parsha Pearls | Comments (0)


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Expand Article Happiness of life versus Yiras Hashem - A Moment with Rabbi Avigdor Miller Zt"l #322 (
Parshas Shmini 5776

QUESTION:

If a person is always apprehensive, he's afraid (Yiras Hashem) like was described before: when out in the street he should feel like he was arrested by a Roman sergeant. Wouldn't that be ....


Posted 4/1/2016 3:42 PM | Tell a Friend | Parsha Pearls | Comments (0)


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Expand Article Parshas Tzav
The world gives the impression as if it operates by itself. Although a nonbiased individual should be able to discern the Grand Puppeteer behind the stage, it seems that most people are simply oblivious to the Creator. A fascinating explanation of a ....


Posted 3/27/2016 12:08 PM | Tell a Friend | Parsha Pearls | Comments (0)


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Expand Article How to Celebrate Purim - 5776: Happy Purim
by Rabbi Michalowicz
Purim is celebrated this year on Wednesday evening March 23th and Thursday March 24th.
1 – Fast of Esther:
1. The fast is on Wednesday, March 4th.
2. The fast begins at 5:48 A.M. and ends at 8:25 P.M. ....


Posted 3/18/2016 5:21 PM | Tell a Friend | Gut Shabbos & Gut Yom Tov | Comments (0)


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Expand Article A Moment with Rabbi Avigdor Miller Zt"l #124
Question #124
QUESTION:

When Adar comes in we are told to increase our joy. Why is that?

ANSWER:Because it's a season that requires a certain frame of mind. Purim requires joy, Pesach requires joy. In order, how ....


Posted 3/18/2016 5:06 PM | Tell a Friend | Parsha Pearls | Comments (0)


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Expand Article Don't Sit: Walk
By: Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

Sitting is the new smoking. So goes the new health mantra. Spend too much time at a desk or in front of a screen and you are at risk of significant danger to your health. The World Health Organisation has id ....


Posted 3/11/2016 4:09 PM | Tell a Friend | Parsha Pearls | Comments (0)



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