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Torah Living
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כִּי שֵׁם ה’ אֶקְרָא הָבוּ גֹדֶל לֵאלֹקֵינוּ When I call out the Name of Hashem, ascribe greatness to our God (32:3) We note that while Moshe Rabbeinu refers to himself calling out “the name of Hashem,” i.e., the Name spelled yud-hey-vav-heh, known as the Shem Havaya, he calls upon Bnei Yisrael to “ascribe greatness to […]
Understanding the Mitzvah of Teshuvah
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וְאָמַר בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא הֲלֹא עַל כִּי אֵין אֱלֹקַי בְּקִרְבִּי מְצָאוּנִי הָרָעוֹת הָאֵלֶּה. וְאָנֹכִי הַסְתֵּר אַסְתִּיר פָּנַי בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא עַל כָּל הָרָעָה אֲשֶׁר עָשָׂה כִּי פָנָה אֶל אֱלֹהִים אֲחֵרִים. He will say on that day, “Is it not because my God is not in my midst that these evils have befallen me?” And I will surely […]
Close at Heart
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כִּי קָרוֹב אֵלֶיךָ הַדָּבָר מְאֹד בְּפִיךָ וּבִלְבָבְךָ לַעֲשֹׂתוֹ For the matter is very close to you, in your mouth and in your heart to do it (30:14) Natural Assets Hashem has endowed man with numerous assets and faculties which can serve him faithfully, provided he does not impair them. For example, the five senses are […]
Blessed Fruits
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בָּרוּךְ פְּרִי בִטְנְךָ וּפְרִי אַדְמָתְךָ וּפְרִי בְהֶמְתֶּךָ Blessed shall be the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your land and the fruit of your animals (28:4) Milah as Maaser The Midrash[1] comments on the different “fruits” mentioned in the pasuk: הקיש פרי אדמה לפרי הבטן, לאמר לך מה פרי אדמה צריכה עישור, אף […]
Hashavas Aveidah
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לֹא תִרְאֶה אֶת שׁוֹר אָחִיךָ אוֹ אֶת שֵׂיוֹ נִדָּחִים וְהִתְעַלַּמְתָּ מֵהֶם הָשֵׁב תְּשִׁיבֵם לְאָחִיךָ. וְאִם לֹא קָרוֹב אָחִיךָ אֵלֶיךָ וְלֹא יְדַעְתּוֹ וַאֲסַפְתּוֹ אֶל תּוֹךְ בֵּיתֶךָ וְהָיָה עִמְּךָ עַד דְּרֹשׁ אָחִיךָ אֹתוֹ וַהֲשֵׁבֹתוֹ לוֹ. You shall not see your brother’s ox or sheep wandering and hide yourself from them; you shall surely return them to your […]
A Tree Near the Altar
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לֹא תִטַּע לְךָ אֲשֵׁרָה כָּל עֵץ אֵצֶל מִזְבַּח ה’ אֱלֹקֶיךָ אֲשֶׁר תַּעֲשֶׂה לָּךְ You shall not plant for yourself an Asheirah – any tree – near the Altar of Hashem, your God. (16:21) For Whom the Korbanos? Korbanos make up a significant category of mitzvos within the Torah. Of crucial importance with regards to korbanos […]
Ve’hayisa Ach Sameach
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שִׁבְעַת יָמִים תָּחֹג לַה’ אֱלֹקֶיךָ… כִּי יְבָרֶכְךָ ה’ אֱלֹקֶיךָ בְּכֹל תְּבוּאָתְךָ וּבְכֹל מַעֲשֵׂה יָדֶיךָ וְהָיִיתָ אַךְ שָׂמֵחַ For a seven-day period you shall celebrate before Hashem, your God… for Hashem, your God, will bless you in all your produce and in all the work of your hands, and you will be only happy. (16:15) The […]
Two Types of Bracha
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וְאָכַלְתָּ וְשָׂבָעְתָּ וּבֵרַכְתָּ אֶת ה’ אֱלֹקֶיךָ עַל הָאָרֶץ הַטֹּבָה אֲשֶׁר נָתַן לָךְ You will eat and you will be satisfied, and you shall bless Hashem, your God, for the good Land that He gave you. (8:10) This pasuk is the source for the mitzvah of Birkas Hamazon after eating bread. This makes Birkas Hamazon practically […]
Remembering Shabbos and Guarding Shabbos
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שָׁמוֹר אֶת יוֹם הַשַּׁבָּת לְקַדְּשׁוֹ כַּאֲשֶׁר צִוְּךָ ה’ אֱלֹקֶיךָ Safeguard the Shabbos day to sanctify it, as Hashem, your God, has commanded you (5:12) The Fourth Commandment Our Parsha contains a retrospective description of the event of hearing the Aseres HaDibros at Har Sinai. As is well-known, there are certain differences between the Aseres HaDibros […]
Chazon Yeshayahu
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לֹא תוֹסִיפוּ הָבִיא מִנְחַת שָׁוְא קְטֹרֶת תּוֹעֵבָה הִיא לִי… לֹא אוּכַל אָוֶן וַעֲצָרָה Do not continue to bring Me your worthless meal-offerings, it is an incense of abomination to Me… I cannot abide iniquity with assembly (Yeshayahu 1:13) The Shabbos of Parshas Devarim marks the week in which Tisha b’Av falls. The haftarah is taken […]