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Expand Article Ignorance is bliss?
In this week’s Parsha, we find that Yaakov Avinu fought with the Malach of Eisav, who was also the personification of the Yetzer Hara. When Yaakov was victorious, he asked this Malach for his name, but was asked: "Why do you ask me my name?" ....


Posted 11/19/2007 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Parsha Pearls


Expand Article Consequences: How we treat others
Rav Matisyahu Salomon, Shlita, recently related that, after hearing so many different kinds of stories in his capacity as a Mashgiach, he thought he was shock-proof no matter how any new story went. However, he recently received a call for ....


Posted 11/17/2007 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Thoughts for the Week


Expand Article The Proper Way to Rebuke
As we take leave of Parshas Toldos, we provide the splendidly meaningful words of Rabbi Zelig Pliskin, Shlita, as he comments on the final Pesukim of the Parsha in his classic sefer Love Your Neighbor:

VaYikrah Yitzchak El Yaakov VaYi ....


Posted 11/16/2007 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Thoughts for the Week


Expand Article Proper Tefillos
In this weeks Parsha, we come upon the Tefillah of Yaakov Avinu as he reaches HaMakom--the place of the Bais HaMikdash. Chazal teach that this Tefillah was actually Maariv, the evening prayer. With this Tefillah of Yaakov Avinu, we conclude ....


Posted 11/16/2007 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Parsha Pearls


Expand Article Extra Sensitivity
THE WISDOM OF THE TALMUD BRACHOS 33b

One of the Mitzvos of the Torah is "shleiluach hakein," in which we are instructed to send away a mother bird before taking her hatchling from the nest. The purpose of the Mitzvah ....


Posted 11/16/2007 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Thoughts for the Week


Expand Article The Joys of Patience
When we daven, we have the opportunity to reach great spiritual heights. The Anshei Knesses HaGedolah, which included the final Neviim (prophets), arranged the Shacharis Tefillah to allow us to reach a heightened level of kedushah and an awa ....


Posted 11/16/2007 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Thoughts for the Week


Expand Article Tehillim Thought of the Day [Psalm 134:1]
We live in the darkness of the exile where Hashem’s presence is hidden. In darkness, vision is compromised and perception limited. To see in the dark, the eye must adapt, undergoing changes in the rods and cones. The eye takes approximate ....


Posted 11/9/2007 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Tehillim


Expand Article AROUND THE SHABBOS TABLE
Later in life, Eisev married Machalas, the daughter of Yishmael. The name Machalas means "forgiveness." Our Sages derive a wondrous teaching from this verse. Specifically, on the day of marriage, HaShem forgives, i.e., Machalas, a person for ....


Posted 11/9/2007 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Thoughts for the Week


Expand Article SEEING “I” TO “I”
In this week’s Parsha, the unique events that surround the brocha Yitzchak Avinu is to give to his son culminate with that great moment of Yaakov Avinu receiving this most sought-after brocha--which in actuality is only two Pesukim (Bereishis ....


Posted 11/9/2007 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Thoughts for the Week


Expand Article Bikur Cholim Revisited
Today is thirty days from Yom Kippur and forty days from Rosh Hashanah, so we should attempt in some way to rejuvenate (re-Jew-venate) ourselves. May we suggest that from time-to-time throughout the day you recall the spirit that you had on RH and ....


Posted 10/23/2007 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Thoughts for the Week


Expand Article A forum for Torah on the Daf
This section is for Daf Yomi related content. We hope to have a variety of Torah content ranging from summaries of the Daf to detailed explanations.

If you are learning the Daf BeIyun, and would like to share your knowledge with others ....


Posted 9/3/2007 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Daf Yomi


Expand Article World Wide Succah Directory
Here is the [link=http://www.mitzvosonthego.org target=_blank]Succah Directory[/link] ....


Posted 8/29/2007 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Gut Shabbos & Gut Yom Tov


Expand Article Yahrtzeit of HaRav Yosef Yozel Hurwitz, Z
Today, the Seventeenth day of Kislev, is the Yahrtzeit of one of the Mussar Giants, (the Alter of Navardok). Set forth below is a sampling of the words and deeds of this great Torah Personage (excerpted from Sparks of Mussar by Rabbi Chaim Zaitchi ....


Posted 8/28/2007 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Thoughts for the Week


Expand Article ANI HASHEM ROFECHA
The Sefer Ta'amei HaMinhagim (page 251) writes that the 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 ....


Posted 8/12/2007 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Thoughts for the Week


Expand Article Birchas Ha-Ilan
For those of you who may not have made the Birchas Ha-Ilan, the blessing on first seeing blossoming trees, it is best to recite this Brocha in the month of Nissan, which will be ending Wednesday evening--tomorrow(!)--at sunset. You can find the ....


Posted 8/12/2007 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Special Prayers


Expand Article Shabbos Mevorchim Parshas Shmini
The shabbos after Pesach is known as the "Shlissel Challah" segula (omen). This erev shabbos many people have a minhag to bake a challah with a key in it -- with the key wrapped in foil, or shape the challah as a key etc. This is a segula for a ....


Posted 8/12/2007 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Gut Shabbos & Gut Yom Tov


Expand Article Shabbos Chol Ha’Moed
17 Nissan – Second Yahrtziet of Harav Shlomo Wolbe z”l Rav Wolbe writes, (Mitzvos Hashekulos pg. 122) “Due to my lowly spiritual state I did not succeed even slightly in attaining [the spiritual levels] described in the abovementioned chapters (of ....


Posted 4/6/2007 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Gut Shabbos & Gut Yom Tov


Expand Article Yarzeit of the Shelah Hakadosh.
Tonight (Thursday) and tomorrow (Friday- erev shabbos) is 11 Nissan, the yarzeit of the Shelah Hakadosh, zechuso yagen aleinu. This is a good chance to say the tfilla he wrote, the parents prayer for children, which can be said anytime (and is o ....


Posted 3/30/2007 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Special Prayers


Expand Article 21 of Adar- Yarzeit of R. Eliemelech of Lizzhensk
Sunday, 21 Adar, (March 11th) is the yarzeit of R Eliemelech of Lizhensk, a great tsaddik who wrote a tfilla that we should be able to overlook the lacks in others and focus on the good (it starts "adaraba"). To read the tfilla, [link=http ....


Posted 3/8/2007 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Special Prayers


Expand Article TA’ANIS ESTHER/EREV PURIM NOTES
1. There is a special inyan to [red]recite Tehillim Chapter 22 on Ta’anis Esther and Purim[/red], for this is the Kepitel recited by Esther herself upon entering Achashveirosh’s throne room uninvited (See Kav HaYashar 97). 2. When contributing M ....


Posted 3/1/2007 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Gut Shabbos & Gut Yom Tov



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