By Rabbi Yitzchak Breitowitz, delivered at the OU Israel Center.

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When Giving is Really Receiving
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Mishlei 11:17 – “גומל נפשו איש חסד” Why are the measurements of the Aron not whole numbers? The shulchan represents physical needs. When it comes to גשמיות our attitude should be איזהו עשיר השמח בחלקו, unlike our attitude towards growth in spiritual matters. However, other people’s physical needs, are our spiritual needs (R’ Yisroel Salanter: Your […]
Hating Your Enemy…or Not
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Mishlei 24:17 – בנפול אויבך אל תשמח, ובכשלו אל יגל לבך We are warned against rejoicing over the downfall of our enemies. Rav Kook explains why Shmuel HaKatan was the one who composed the bracha of ולמלשינים. However, elsewhere in Mishlei, Shlomo says that with the destruction of evildoers there is rejoicing. The Baal HaTanya […]
Learning from Failure: The Perils of Perfection
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Mishlei 24:16 We are given the same test over and over until we pass it. Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik once commented that Hashem created and destroyed many worlds before creating this one to emphasize this point. Suffering shouldn’t be approached as a theological question (why did God do this) but as a “halachic” question (what […]
The Tzaddik Falls Seven Times: Growing from Adversity
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Mishlei 24:16 – “התרפית ביום צרה – צר כחכה” Mishlei 24:17 – “הצל לקחים למות ומטים להרג אם תחשוך” When read together the verses mean that if someone is in trouble and you are able to help them but don’t, then when you are in need your own resources will fail you. If we don’t help […]
Helping Others: The Purpose of Life
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Mishlei 24:10 If we don’t help others when we are able to do so, God will ensure we won’t be able to help ourselves. Why was is not good for man to be alone? When one is alone he or she cannot give to others. The message of Eglah Arufah is communal responsibility. Delivered at […]
Hiddur Mitzvah and Chanukah (Mishlei 3:9)
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“כבד את ה’ מהונך ומראשית כל תבואתך” Shlomo HaMelech re-iterates the concept of hidur already mentioned in Az Yashir – glorifying Hashem by doing mitzvot enthusiastically. The mehadrin/mehadrin-min-hamehadrin of Chanukah is not standard hiddur mitzvah, it has a unique status and is standard practice. Why is it much more central when it comes to Chanukah? […]