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Expand Article Brocha or Klala?
At a recent Hakhel Shiur, Rabbi Yitzchok Sorotzkin, Shlita, related that HaRav Nosson Wachtfogel, Z’tl, was once asked the following question: All the abundance that we have today--is this a brocha--or a klala--a curse? His response was that, in ....


Posted 3/4/2008 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Thoughts for the Week | Comments (0)


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Expand Article THE LIGHT OF MUSSAR\PIKUDIE
Order and organization are vital components of spirituality. For instance, regarding the formation of the Tabernacle and its vessels, Moshe instructed Betzallel to first make the vessels and afterwards to make the Tabernacle. Betzallel asked Moshe, “ ....


Posted 3/3/2008 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Parsha Pearls | Comments (0)


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Expand Article One Thousand Mitzvos in Five Minutes
The Chofetz Chaim (Toras HaBayis, Chapter 2) writes that when one enunciates words of Torah, he can say approximately 200 words in one minute, and each word constitutes a separate mitzvah (as explained by the Gra in his commentary to Mishna Pea ....


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


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Expand Article Taking a Haircut
a. Although apparently a mundane, unimportant and wasteful activity, taking a haircut (and shaving with a permissible shaver) actually merits an entire siman in Shulchan Aruch (Yoreh Deah 181). The Peleh Yoetz (Chapter on "Giluach") and Elef Ham ....


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


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Expand Article THE FAITH OF AND TRUST OF PSALMS/118
"HaShem is with me, I have no fear; what can man do to me?”

When things don’t go the way we want, we can react in one of two ways. Human nature responds with frustration. Whereas, a person of faith trusts in HaShem, that the situation will ultim ....


Posted 2/28/2008 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Thoughts for the Week | Comments (0)


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Expand Article Shushan Purim Katan
Yerushalayim is remembered on Shushan Purim, by our observing Purim on that day in its environs in order to increase its honor. With the honor and glory of Yerushalayim so much at stake in our time, we provide the moving words of Dovid HaMelech in Te ....


Posted 2/22/2008 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Special Prayers | Comments (0)


Expand Article Ki Sisa
Adam Harishone was a being created with an awesome spiritual stature. Our Sages tell us that his height reached the heavens and he was able to see from one end of the world to the other. However, he sinned and his stature was diminished greatly ....


Posted 2/21/2008 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Parsha Pearls | Comments (0)


Expand Article Purim Kotton
I heard this week an unbelievable speech from Rav Avraham Schorr Shlita about the power of prayer on Purim Kotton.

He quoted a Chidushei Harim that explained a reason for the mitzvah of "chayav inush lbisumei bepuryah", the mitzvah of dr ....


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Expand Article Purim Katan
In honor of Purim Katan, we remind everyone to spend some additional time in “Mishte V’Simcha”--in rejoicing--today. The Rema, as well as the Mishne Berurah to Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 697, writes that
one should at least increase one’s ....


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Expand Article Tetzaveh
"Darkness descends and it is night" - This refers to olam hazeh which is comparable to the night" (Baba Metzia 83b). The Mesillas Yesharim elucidates this interesting analogy in a brilliant manner. Darkness causes two distinct problems: it eith ....


Posted 2/21/2008 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Parsha Pearls | Comments (0)


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Expand Article Mishenichnas Adar Marbin BeSimcha
As we all know, “Mishenichnas Adar Marbin B’Simcha--when one enters into Adar, we increase our joy” (Taanis 29A).  There is discussion in the Achronim as to whether this increased level of joy commences with Adar I--today.  The Sefer _Ada ....


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Expand Article Parashas Terumah
"And they shall make for Me a mishkan and I will dwell amongst them" (Shemos 25, 8). Our Sages explain that the commandment to build a mishkan was not merely given to the general public, but also to each and every individual. E ....


Posted 2/8/2008 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Parsha Pearls | Comments (0)


Expand Article Gut Chodesh
Rosh Chodesh Adar 1 is tonight, Tuesday night, February 5th.

Adar 1 is a two-day Rosh Chodesh, and lasts from Tuesday night until Thursday night.

Please remember to add in all your Tefillos, beginning ....


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Expand Article Yahrtzeit of HaRav Nosson Tzvi Finkel, Z'TL
29 Shevat 5768

Today is the yahrtzeit of HaRav Nosson Tzvi Finkel, Z’tl, the great Alter of Slobodka. His Gadlus built future generations in Europe, Eretz Yisroel and America through his students, among them HaRav Aharon Kotler, Z’tl, HaRav Ya ....


Posted 2/6/2008 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Thoughts for the Week | Comments (0)


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Expand Article FAITH OF AND TRUST
Our Creator brought us into existence in order to reveal the splendor of the Shechinah - the Divine Presence - upon us. The eternal delight of the Shechinah is the supreme and ultimate pleasure, i.e., "One moment of pleasure in the Future World, is ....


Posted 2/1/2008 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Thoughts for the Week | Comments (0)


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Expand Article THE AGADADA
A peddler came into the market and called out, "Who wants to buy the elixir of life?" Rabbi Yanai approached him and asked to see his goods. The peddler took out a book of Psalms and showed him the verse (34:13): "Who is the man who desires life, ....


Posted 2/1/2008 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Thoughts for the Week | Comments (0)


Expand Article Mishpatim
"And these are the laws that you shall place before them" (Shemos 21, 1). Rashi asks why the Torah felt it pertinent to enumerate the many halachos of parshas Mishpatim right after the commandment regarding the building of the miz ....


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Expand Article Shabbos Parshas Mishpatim - Shabbos Mevorchim
This Shabbos, Parshas Mishpatim, we read the Haftorah from Yermiahu 34:8-22 and 33:25-26.

We bless the month of Adar I this Shabbos.  We do not say Kel Maleh or Av Harachamim.  We do say Tzidkoshcho Tzedek at Mincha.  


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Expand Article Tehillim Thoughts
24th of Shevat, January 31, 2008

"Then I will not be ashamed, when I gaze upon all Your commandments (Psalm 119:6)."  Why would anyone feel ashamed in gazing upon Hashem's commandments?  Is David implying that there is something sham ....


Posted 2/1/2008 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Tehillim | Comments (0)


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Expand Article Brochos Confusion
21 Shevat 5768 Brochos Confusion a. Granola Bars. Granola, or roasted kernels of grain, may be manufactured into different products by various processes. As a result, special care must be taken as to the appropriate ....


Posted 1/30/2008 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Thoughts for the Week | Comments (0)



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