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The Influence of Society
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“And I will return in peace to my father’s house, and Hashem will be to me G-d.” – Bereishis 28:21 When Yaakov Avinu was told that his brother Aysav was plotting to kill him, he ran from his father’s home and prepared for an extended stay in exile. Along the way, he davened, prayed and […]
Hashem Hates Thievery
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“And HASHEM said to Noach, “The end of all flesh has come before me since the land is filled with robbery through them, and I will now destroy the land.” – Bereishis 6:13 The world turned to iniquity In this posuk, HASHEM appears to Noach, telling him that the world has turned to evil and […]
Rosh Ha’Shanah – Issues of the Day
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“The Molochim asked HASHEM, “Why is it that the Jewish nation doesn’t sing Hallel on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur?” HASHEM answered them, “Is it possible that a king sits on the throne of judgment, with the books of life and death open in front of Him, and the Jewish Nation should sing?” (Rosh Hashanah 32b) […]
Powerful Forces of Growth
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“And it shall be if you listen to the voice of Hashem, your G-d, to keep and to perform all of His commandments that I command you this day… Blessed are you in your coming and blessed shall you be in your going.” — Devarim 28:1–6 The destiny of the Jewish people In this moving […]
Outcomes and Intentions
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“When you build a new house, you shall make a fence for the roof. Do not be responsible for the blood, because the faller will fall from it.”  Devarim 22:8 The Torah commands us in various safeguards. One is the obligation to erect a fence. If you construct a house with a flat roof, you […]
Who Gave You the Idea?
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When you enter the Land of Israel, you will enjoy prosperity and abundance. You will build beautiful homes. Your crops and livestock will increase. You will amass gold and silver. And all that you engage in will flourish… If you become arrogant and say, “My strength and the might of my hand made me all […]
Cognitive Restructuring
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“Do not covet the house of your neighbor. Do not covet the wife of your neighbor; his slave and maid servant, his ox, his donkey, and all that belongs to your neighbor.” – Shemos 20:14 The Even Ezra explains that people are perplexed by this mitzvah. How is it possible not to desire that which […]
Being Part of the Winning Team
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“HASHEM our G-d has spoken to us in Chorev, saying, “You have had much dwelling by this mountain.” — Devarim 1:6 On the first day of Sivan, the Jewish people encamped at Har Sinai. Five days later, they received the Torah. They then remained at Har Sinai. Much time was to pass and many events […]
A Land that Grows Immorality
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“Yisrael settled in Shittim and the people began to act promiscuously with the daughters of Moav.” — Bamidbar 25:1 Balak, the king of Moav, saw the supernatural success the Jews experienced when they left Mitzrayim, and he feared that his people would be destroyed. He hired the gentile prophet, Bila’am, to curse the Jews. HASHEM […]
The Responsibilities of a Jew
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“Pinchas, the son of Elazar, the son of Aharon HaKohain, appeased my anger against the Bnei Yisroel by taking My revenge amongst them, and now I do not have to destroy the Bnei Yisroel in My vengeance.” — Bamidbar 25:11 The death knell of Amon and Moav The nation of Moav heard about Bnei Yisroel […]