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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.

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 […]

Your Gashmius is my Ruchnius

September 21, 2016, by

And when you gather the cuttings of your land, don’t cut the corner of your field when you harvest, and the fallings of your harvesting don’t gather, for the poor man and the convert you should leave them. – Vayikra 23:22 The Torah reading on the first days of Sukkos outlines the yomim tovim of year […]

The Extent of Hashem’s Mercy

September 21, 2016, by

The Storyline The story of Bilam, the gentile prophet, is most peculiar. It begins when Balak, the king of Moav, recognizes that he is in danger. The Jewish Nation had just destroyed Sichon, and Moav was next. Out of desperation, Balak sent messengers to Bilam, saying, “Please, curse this nation so that we can remain […]

A Glimpse into the Upper Worlds

September 21, 2016, by

“I appoint, today, as your witnesses the heavens and the earth…” Devarim 30:19 On his last day of life, Moshe Rabbeinu addresses the Klal Yisrael. After a thorough explanation of the vast rewards and ghastly punishments that hinge on the choices made, he offers a final note: Let the heavens and the earth bear witness. […]

Are We Teaching Yiras Shamayim?

August 8, 2016, by

For what sin was the land lost? This question was asked to the wise men and to the prophets. No one could answer until HASHEM Himself said, ̒Because they left My Torah.’. Rav Yehudah said in the name of Rav, ̒because they didn’t make the blessings before they studied.’” – Nedarim 81a The Ran explains […]