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Pass the Test
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In this week’s parashat Lech Lecha, we begin to read about the tests of Avraham Avinu. The Mesilat Yesharim writes that the purpose of man in this world is “לעמוד בניסיון”-to pass his tests. Avraham became so great because he passed his tests. Hashem, in his infinite wisdom gives each person the exact tests and […]
The Thicker the Darkness
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The Pasuk in Yirmiyah says that Hashem will always remember the great love He had for the Jewish people when they left Egypt and followed Him into the desert, not knowing how they were going to eat. Instead of complaining or worrying, they trusted that Hashem would take care of them. That service was so […]
Behind the Scenes
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A young man told me that he went for a job interview and felt the job would be perfect for him. There were great opportunities there, a good environment and it was exactly what he wanted to do. But, he didn’t get the job. When he found out, he said, “I’m not going to let […]
Just Be Yourself
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Parents tend to worry about their children getting married way before they become of marriageable age. When they do reach that stage, the worry increases. When years go by in Shiduchim with no results, the situation becomes very painful, both for the parents and the children. Everybody wants to put themselves in a position to […]
Who’s Behind Anti-Semitism?
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Throughout the ages, the Jewish people have been persecuted by the nations of the world. Chazal call us: “כבש בין שבעין זאבין”- A sheep amongst seventy wolves. We say in the Haggadah: “בכל דור ודור עומדים עלינו לכלותינו”-In every generation they are strategizing how to wipe us out. “והקדוש ברוך הוא מצילינו מידם”- And Hashem […]
Let Me Help You
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There are people in desperate need of salvation, and their problems weigh them down. They think about them day and night, in a constant state of anxiety. Yet, they don’t turn to Hashem for help-either because they feel they are unworthy or because they feel their situation is hopeless.  David Hamelech tells us in Tehilim […]
Imagine the Reward
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The Mishna in Pirke Avot says that one moment of spiritual bliss in the Next World is more pleasurable than the entire life of this world. Rabbi Dessler explains that if all the pleasure ever enjoyed by every human being that ever lived would be condensed into one moment, it would still not be as […]
You Are Not a Victim
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The Talmud Yerushalmi says: “אין לך שעה קשה לישראל כשעה שאמר הקב”ה ואנכי הסתר אסתיר פני ביום ההוא”-The most difficult time for the Jewish people was when Hashem told them that there would come a time when He would conceal Himself from them. The Shomer Emunim writes that the double language of “הסתר אסתיר” refers […]
It’s Not a History Lesson
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The stories of the Torah are not there to teach us history. They are meant to teach us lessons to apply to our own lives. When we read about the Imahot who were barren for so long and were then blessed after praying so many tefilot, we learn that no matter how long it’s been, […]
What’s Small for You is Huge for Him
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Rabbenu Yona writes that one of the reasons that people become distant from Hashem is because they feel that they are already so bad that it doesn’t matter what they do. People think that Hashem doesn’t want their Avodah. If only they would know how precious they are to Hashem and how much anything that […]