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Blind To The Blessings
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Rabbi Yechezkel Levenstein, the revered mashgiach and Ba’al Mussar was once riding in a cab and the Israeli driver related the following story: “Rebbi, when my friends and I completed our army service, we decided to go on a world tour. We found ourselves in the jungles of Africa one night when suddenly one of […]
Any Dispute For the Sake of Heaven
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Two couples, both new parents, enjoyed a rare evening out.  They naturally spoke about parenthood, with its many joys and challenges.  When one of the mothers asked the other how their baby was sleeping, the other replied, “through the night without a peep.”  The husband of the first mother looked at her incredulously and said, […]
Yehoshua: The Underestimated Leader
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What was it about Yehoshua (the book and the person) that made the era a golden age with no rebellion, no complaints against God and virtually no sin, in contrast to the same people’s behavior in the chumash? What do we know about him?
“Fake News”
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I have faith in the people.  They will not consent to disunion.  Let them know the truth, and the country is safe. – Abraham Lincoln “Truth,” what is it? Is your “truth” the same as mine? Is anything “factual?” Can facts be fungible? Are there really “alternative facts?” We have had too many occasions to comment […]
Which Voice is Your True Voice?
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Well, who are you? (Who are you? Who, who, who, who?) I really wanna know (Who are you? Who, who, who, who?) Tell me, who are you? (Who are you? Who, who, who, who?) ‘Cause I really wanna know (Who are you? Who, who, who, who?) – “Who Are You,” The Who Picture the moment […]
Each Like the Whole of Creation
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 “Here’s the difference between us,” explains the Israeli prime minister. “We’re using missile defense to protect our civilians, and they’re using their civilians to protect their missiles.” – Charles Krauthammer “Take a census of all the congregation of Israel…”  This pasuk from Parashat Bamidbar, “s’eu et rosh” is regularly translated as “counting” or “taking a census.”  […]
How Do We Get to Love?
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But which is the stone that supports the bridge? – Kublai Khan A famous Talmudic episode tells of a prospective convert coming to both Shammai and Hillel, willing to convert if he could be taught the “whole of Judaism” while standing on one foot. Shammai sent him away in anger but Hillel said, “What is hateful […]
The Speaking Voice…
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Silence is a source of great strength – Lao Tzu The speaking voice always betrays itself.  By which I mean, the person talking always “gives himself away.”  Let the speaker be glib, complimentary, diplomatic.  The more he speaks, the more the truth will out.  He will be unmasked.  This is even more true of the one […]
Tuition and Our Modern-Day Sacrifice
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There was a custom that when a child would reach the appropriate age, their cheder would begin to teach them Chumash starting with Parshas VaYikra. The Midrash Yalkut explains the reason behind the age-old practice of initiating children with the topic of korbanos. The Yalkut says that we teach that which is “pure” to those […]
Sweeten to Taste…
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Any meal offering that you offer to Hashem shall not be prepared leavened (Chometz) for you shall not cause to go up in smoke from any leavening or fruit -honey as a fire offering to Hashem – Vayikra 2:11 There are a number of categories of things forbidden to be sacrificed on the Altar, but these are […]