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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 Astounding Birth of the Chasam Sofer
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Is it a good thing to be born on Shabbos? The Chatam Sofer writes that someone born on Shabbos needs kapara because they were the cause of chillul Shabbos. The story of the Chatam Sofer’s Birth from ספר חוט המשולש. Shiur provided courtesy of Torah Anytime
The Power of Praise
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From time to time couples come to see me before their wedding. Sometimes they ask me whether I have any advice to give them as to how to make their marriage strong. In reply I give them a simple suggestion. It is almost magical in its effects. It will make their relationship strong and in […]
Tazria-Metzora: Pinkus the Peddler
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He was a character straight out of the novels of Charles Dickens. Scholars have long found Dickens’ attitude toward Jews problematic. The character Fagin in the novel Oliver Twist is certainly a negative stereotype. But many are unaware of the character named Riah in Dickens’ last completed novel, Our Mutual Friend. Riah is portrayed as […]
Being Holy
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קְדֹשִׁים תִּהְיוּ כִּי קָדוֹשׁ אֲנִי ה’ אֱלֹקֵיכֶם Speak to the assembly of Bnei Yisrael and say to them: You shall be holy, for I, Hashem, your God, am holy (19:2) Commenting on this pasuk, the Toras Kohanim[1] makes the following statement: לאמר, אם מקדישים אתם עצמכם, מעלה אני עליכם כאילו קידשתם אותי This means, if […]