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Master the Skill
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When the Jews were being pursued by the Egyptians at the Yam Suf (sea of reeds), the Pasuk says, “ויצעקו בני ישראל אל ה‘”-they cried out to Hashem in prayer. Rashi, quoting Chazal, says, “תפסו אומנות אבותם“-they used the skill of their forefathers. As we know, the אבות-forefathers constantly prayed. Rabbi Lugasi points out that […]
58. Getting Close to God
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Working towards his conclusion, the Rambam presents an analogy [III, 51]: Imagine, if you will, a king in his palace. Some of his subjects are at home in their own land, while others are abroad. Of those who are in their own kingdom, some happen to be facing the palace, while others are facing away […]
Tzarich Iyun: The Two Brothers and the Temple Mount
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Misconception: God’s choice of Mount Moriah as the site for the Beit Hamikdash is based on a midrash involving two brothers who expressed their mutual devotion to each other by each surreptitiously giving of his grain to the other. Fact: This beautiful and widespread fable has no basis in traditional Jewish literature. Background: The holiest […]
Emunah and Good Luck Charms
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A generation ago, bingo games were serious fundraisers for Torah institutions. Most Yeshivas ran them, and as the staff at the game could only be volunteers, many a yeshiva bachur found himself “volunteering” to work the game. Every game had its version of Sadie—an older woman in her housecoat, sitting at the end of the […]