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The Sensitivity of a Tzadik
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“Then Yaakov kissed Rochel and he raised his voice and wept.” Bereishis 29: 11 When Yaakov met Rochel at the well, he experienced conflicting emotions. He felt tremendous joy at having finally met his bashert, yet he raised his voice and cried. Rashi explains that he cried because he came empty-handed. He said, “My father’s […]
Love Will Conquer All
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“And Yaakov approached Yitzchak his father, and Yitzchak felt him, and said, `The voice is the voice of Yaakov, and the hands are the hands of Aysav.’” — Bereishis 27:22 To “trick” Yitzchak into giving him the bracha, Yaakov donned Aysav’s clothing, put the skin of an animal on his arms and neck to simulate […]
Middos: Central to all Avodas Hashem
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Eliezer, the faithful servant of Avraham, was charged with finding a wife for Yitzchak. Knowing full well the gravity of his mission, he also recognized its difficulty. The woman he would choose was to be a partner in creating the genetic transmission to shape a nation; she was to be the mother of the Jewish […]
An Act that Echoes Though Time
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“And Abraham awoke in the morning, hitched up his donkey, and took his two lads and Isaac with him. He split wood for the sacrifice and went to the place that HASHEM had commanded him.” – Genesis 22:3 Abraham was commanded with a supreme test, one of the greatest challenges ever presented to man: “Take […]
The Five Star Hotel Called Life
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“After these matters, HASHEM appeared to Avram in a dream and said, “Do not fear, Avram.  I will guard you. Your reward is great.” Bereishis 16:1 When Avrohom Avinu was informed that his nephew, Lot, was captured, against all odds and in a most courageous manner, he waged war against the combined armies of the […]
Bitachon and Effort: Finding the Balance
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“This is how you should make the ark: three hundred amahs long, fifty amahs wide and thirty amahs tall.” Bereishis 6: 15 HASHEM appeared to Noach and told him that the world had turned to wicked ways, and it was to be destroyed by a flood. HASHEM commanded Noach to build a tayvah (an ark) […]
The Beginning of Time
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“In the beginning, HASHEM created the heavens and the earth.” – Bereishis 1:1 The Siforno explains that “in the beginning” means, “at the beginning of time – the very first moment. Before this, there was no time.” The Siforno seems to be saying that when HASHEM created the world, it wasn’t only the physical world […]
The Gym and the Spa
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Life seems to make no sense- when you look at it the wrong way.   Imagine that you are invited to an exclusive health club. You’ve never been there, but you know the layout. On the right side is the gym; on the left is the spa. The gym is the area where people work […]
Your Attitude Determines Your Altitude
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“It is not in the heavens for you to say, ‘Who can ascend to the heaven for us and take it for us so that we can listen to it and perform it?’. . . Rather the matter is very near to you,  in your mouth and your heart, to perform it.” – Devarim 30:12-14 […]
The Mitzvah to be Happy
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“Because you did not serve HASHEM, your G-d, amid gladness and goodness of heart when everything was abundant.” — Devarim 28:47 The destiny of the Jews The fate of the Jewish people is unlike that of any other nation. We are either exalted and revered or downtrodden and oppressed — there is no middle ground. […]