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Rabbi Ben Tzion Shafier

Rabbi Ben Tzion Shafier

A veteran mechanech and noted relationships expert, Rabbi Ben Tzion Shafier served as a high school rebbe for 15 years before creating the Shmuz. TheShmuz.com, a popular website that dispenses weekly Torah inspiration to 10,000 people across the globe, reflects the down-to-earth, practical voice of Rabbi Shafier. Offering refreshing parashah thoughts, life-changing hashkafa workshops, and captivating marriage seminars (like “10 Really Dumb Mistakes that Very Smart Couples Make”), Rabbi Shafier is direct, daring, and downright funny, providing audiences with essential Torah principles packaged in an enticing, enjoyable way. A father of six and grandfather of four, Rabbi Shafier lives in Monsey, New York. He can be contacted through TheShmuz.com.

People Believe What They Want to Believe

March 26, 2018, by

“And Moshe stretched out his hand over the sea, and HASHEM moved the sea with a strong eastern wind all the night, and He turned the sea to damp land and the water split.” — Shemos 14:21 Egypt, the country that bragged that no slave had ever escaped its land, stood by helplessly as the […]

Seize the Moment

January 25, 2018, by

Purim On the 13th of Nissan, Haman approached Achashverosh with his plan: the complete annihilation of the Jewish people. Achasverosh agreed, and the wheels were set in motion. The Targum tells us that Eliyahu Ha’Navi came to Mordechai and informed him of all that had transpired. Mordechai immediately sent word to Esther, asking her to […]

Sefirah: The Students of Rebbe Akiva

January 25, 2018, by

S’firah as a time of mourning “Rebbe Akiva had 24,000 students from Givas to Antipras. All of them died in one time period because they didn’t treat each other with kavod. That time period was between Pesach and Shavuos.” (Yevamos 62b) With these words, the Gemarah explains why S’firah, a joyful time when we prepare […]

Chanukah – The Power Given to Man

December 4, 2017, by

“The main reason for the decree against the Jewish people was because the Kohanim became lazy in their service.” – Bach, Tur Shulchan Aruch 670 Almost every yom tov has a festive meal associated with it; Chanukah does not. The Bach explains that Chazal established these days as a time of “praise and thanksgiving,” purely […]

Yonah – Getting the Message

September 25, 2017, by

ספר יונה פרק ב א) וימן ידוד דג גדול לבלע את יונה ויהי יונה במעי הדג שלשה ימים ושלשה לילות ב) ויתפלל יונה אל ידוד אלהיו ממעי הדגה רש”י יונה פרק ב פסוק א א) דג גדול – זכר היה והיה עומד בריוח ולא נתן לב להתפלל רמז הקב”ה לדג והקיאו לתוך פיה של נקבה […]

A Diamond with a Flaw

September 18, 2017, by

“You shall place both stones on the shoulder straps of the ephod, remembrance stones for the Children of Israel.” Shemot 28:12 Moshe was commanded to make garments for the Kohanim Moshe was commanded to make garments for the Kohanim. Included in these was the ephod, a piece of clothing similar to an apron, with two […]

Pesach – The Season of Emunah

April 3, 2017, by

“When you enter the Land of Israel, you will enjoy prosperity and abundance. You will build beautiful homes. Your crops and livestock will increase. You will amass gold and silver. And all that you engage in will flourish… If you become arrogant and say, ‘My strength and the might of my hand made this wealth.’” […]

The Bais HaMikdash: Power Source of Spirituality

December 19, 2016, by

The Bach commenting on Tur Shulchan Aruch explains that the decrees of the Yevanim against the Jewish people occurred because the Jewish people became “lax in their service.” Earlier in history, the Bais HaMikdash had been the center of life, the pride of every Jew. Going up to Yerushalayim three times a year was looked at […]

You Can’t Help Me; You Can’t Harm Me

September 21, 2016, by

“He became King over Yeshurun when the numbers of the nation gathered, the tribes of Israel in unity.” — Devarim 33:5 In his final address to the Jewish people, Moshe Rabbeinu gives each shevet a bracha and charges them with their national responsibilities. Immediately prior, he spoke to the entire people saying, “When the Jews […]