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Expand Article Ma'aser Sheini and Ma'aser Ani
On Rosh Chodesh Elul 5695 (1935), Rav Dessler, Z’tl, wrote the following advice in a letter to his son:
“...My dear son, please remember what is before you, the Day of Judgment, which requires great preparation.  You must daven from the d ....


Posted 8/26/2009 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Thoughts for the Week | Comments (0)


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Expand Article The Powerful Faith of Israel
PARSHA INSIGHTS\THE SAGES OF MUSSAR
 
The fundamental axiom of the Torah rests on two pillars that comprise faith in the Oneness of HaShem: 1) to believe that HaShem is the Creator of the universe; 2) to believe that HaShem oversees ....


Posted 8/24/2009 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Parsha Pearls | Comments (1)


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Expand Article Both Kosher Signs
Rabbi Eliyahu Roman, Shlita, recalled a remarkable and penetrating thought that he had heard from HaRav Shneuer Kotler, Z’tl.  Reb Shneuer brought the teaching of the Arizal regarding the 40-day period between Rosh Chodesh Elul and Yom Kippur. ....


Posted 8/24/2009 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Thoughts for the Week | Comments (0)


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Expand Article PARSHAS SHOFTIM
PARSHAS SHOFTIM

This week’s parsha describes the procedure in preparation for going to war with our enemies. Among other announcements the Kohen declares: "Hear O ....


Posted 8/22/2009 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Parsha Pearls | Comments (1)


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Expand Article Shoftim - Elul
"Tamim ti’hiyeh im Hashem Elokecha" (Devarim 18, 13). This, in essence, is the mitzvah of reaching shleimus (perfection) in avodas Hashem, as Unkelos translates, "Be complete in your fear of Hashem." Rav Wolbe (Alei Shur vol. II pg. 57) quotes a Me ....


Posted 8/22/2009 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Parsha Pearls | Comments (0)


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Expand Article Elul; Mercy
Even the halacha seforim (the Mishne Berurah and the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch) teach that Elul is an acronym for “Ani L’Dodi V’Dodi Li-I am to my Beloved and my Beloved is to me”.  This teaches that Elul is a time of expressing love to our Creato ....


Posted 8/22/2009 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Thoughts for the Week | Comments (0)


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Expand Article AROUND THE SHABBOS TABLE\PARSHAS SHOFTIM
The Torah (Devarim 18:10; 11) absolutely forbids all forms of idol worship. However, the Sages of Mussar teach us that there is something very valuable that we can learn from idol worshippers.
 
The inhabitants of the ancient world wh ....


Posted 8/21/2009 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Parsha Pearls | Comments (2)


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Expand Article Accepting His Malchus; Blessing Others
One of the main points of focus or change that we hope to undertake over the coming month is some form of marked improvement in Tefillah, which is so essential to the betterment of our relationship with Hashem. In the hope and interest of our improvi ....


Posted 8/21/2009 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Thoughts for the Week | Comments (0)


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Expand Article Yartzheit of HaRav Avrohom Pam, Z’tl
28 Menachem Av 5769

Today is the Yartzheit of HaRav Avrohom Pam, Z’tl.  Rabbi Shimon Finkelman has written an almost five-hundred page biography entitled Rav Pam (Artscroll), which is highly recommended, because it provides so many essenti ....


Posted 8/18/2009 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Thoughts for the Week | Comments (0)


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Expand Article Being Prepared to Give Tzedakah
In last week’s Parsha, we find a special emphasis on the Mitzvah of Tzedakah, as an appropriate introduction to the Month of Elul.  HaRav Moshe Feinstein, Z’tl, makes a remarkable point about Tzedaka by simply translating a Pasuk for us.  ....


Posted 8/17/2009 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Thoughts for the Week | Comments (0)


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Expand Article Erev Shabbos--Hilchos Shabbos Series
The following Halachos relate to the Melacha of Boneh—building--and are excerpted from The Shabbos Home, Volume 2, by Rabbi Simcha Bunim Cohen, Shlita:

1.  It is permitted to remove the sink strainer from the drain, and replace it t ....


Posted 8/14/2009 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Gut Shabbos & Gut Yom Tov | Comments (0)


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Expand Article We Are All the Children of HaShem
PARSHA INSIGHTS\THE SAGES OF MUSSAR
 
A Mussar sage was teaching Torah to a young boy. Someone asked the Rabbi, "Who is the boy’s father?" The Rabbi responded, "He is the son of HaShem." Then the Rabbi explained his unusual answer, " ....


Posted 8/14/2009 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Parsha Pearls | Comments (1)


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Expand Article On Giving Tzedakah
This week’s Parsha contains several Mitzvos relating to Tzedaka, the proper giving of charity.  As we have now moved within ten (10!) days of Chodesh Elul, the Days of Mercy, it is important for us to know how we best can demonstrate mercy to ....


Posted 8/12/2009 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Parsha Pearls | Comments (0)


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Expand Article Giving and Receiving
AROUND THE SHABBOS TABLE\PARSHAS RE’AH

 In your heart of hearts-when you give tzedakah-how should you feel towards the recipient? It is conceivable that, depending on circumstances, at times you might feel somewhat distressed at giv ....


Posted 8/10/2009 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Parsha Pearls | Comments (0)


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Expand Article Eighteen Points About Birkas HaMazon
As this week’s Parsha contains the Mitzvas Aseh of Birkas Hamazon, we provide below several important points relating to the Mitzvah, much of which has been culled from the Sefer VeZos HaBracha by HaRav Alexander Mandelbaum, Shlita:

1.&n ....


Posted 8/7/2009 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Parsha Pearls | Comments (0)


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Expand Article Erev Shabbos--Hilchos Shabbos series:
a.  Plastic covers which cover light switches to avoid someone inadvertently turning them on, and plastic covers which cover electrical outlets to prevent babies from touching them, are not Muktza, because as protective covers they constitute ....


Posted 8/7/2009 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Gut Shabbos & Gut Yom Tov | Comments (0)


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Expand Article Parshas Eikev
a.  The Parsha begins with the words “Vehaya Eikev Tishmiun.”  Chazal teach that the Mitzvos that a person treads upon with his Eikev--with his heel, i.e., the Mitzvos that a person deems “relatively unimportant” will surround him after 1 ....


Posted 8/7/2009 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Parsha Pearls | Comments (0)


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Expand Article The Brilliant Light of HaShem
FAITH AND TRUST IN HASHEM

Every day since the time of creation, the sun has risen each morning shining its life-giving rays of warmth and light upon our earth. This continuous gift of light that greets us each day with all of i ....


Posted 8/7/2009 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Thoughts for the Week | Comments (0)


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Expand Article Our Inherent Love for HaShem
AROUND THE SHABBOS TABLE\PARSHAS EIKAV A straightforward reading of the verse (Devarim 11:13) that we read every day in Krias Shema seems perplexing: "If you continually hearken to My commandments that I command you today, to love HaShem..." Is "to ....


Posted 8/7/2009 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Parsha Pearls | Comments (0)


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Expand Article The Humble Prayer of Moshe
PARSHA INSIGHTS\THE SAGES OF MUSSAR
 
When Moshe prayed to be allowed to enter the land of Israel, he did not base his pleas on his merits. Rather, he asked for a "free gift".  Yet, a gift, by definition, is free. If so, what me ....


Posted 8/4/2009 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Parsha Pearls | Comments (0)



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