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Yearning to be a Nazir
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“דבר אל בני ישראל ואמרת אלהם איש או אשה כי יפלא לנדר נדר נזיר להזיר לה” A neder is the manifestation of an internal desire for spiritual greatness. When a person feels the internal stirring, the goal is to articulate the desire in the form of a neder. Take that which is holding you back […]
The Power of the Sunset
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נפש אשר תגע בו וטמאה עד הערב ולא יאכל מן הקדשים כי אם רחץ בשרו במים. ובא השמש וטהר ואחר יאכל מן הקדשים כי לחמו הוא” – ויקרא כב:ו-ז” When the sun sets (a person passes away) only then can a person eat from the holy (i.e. true reward). Only “after the sun sets” are […]
Choose the Right Correct
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“ונתן אהרן על שני השעירים גורלות גורל אחד ליהוה וגורל אחד לעזאזל” In the heavenly spheres there is only טוב; In this world there are two options/גורלות – for good and for bad  – גורל אחד לה’ וגורל אחד לעזאזל. We always have these two choices and need to take ownership of our destiny. This […]
Remove the Orlah
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“וביום השמיני ימול בשר ערלתו” Everything in this world needs a tikun (fixing) to bring it to it’s intended state. Mankind needs this tikun as well via מילה. Why does an 8-day-old infant need a tikun? Provided courtesy of rabbisilber.com
The Animal Within
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“אדם כי יקריב מכם קרבן לה’ מן הבהמה; מן הבקר ומן הצאן תקריבו את קרבנכם” Life is a struggle between the spiritual and physical. The goal of a korban – and our goal in life – is to elevate an animal which is חי to the level of מדבר – from אדם to בהמה. This […]
The Broken Mishkan
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The entire essence of Pekudei is the accounting of the Mishkan. The Mishkan mentioned twice in the opening pasuk – אלה פקודי המשכן משכן העדות. When Balaam blesses Bnei Yisrael he also refers to משכנותיך, in the plural. The repetition represents the mishkan when it is built and when it is destroyed. This alludes to […]
Hidden Miracles and Free Will
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Through the miracle of Purim we learn that Divine Providence is with us at all times and planning salvation, even if God is very hidden or removed (הסתרה בתוך הסתרה). Why doesn’t Hashem just perform open miracles? Provided courtesy of rabbisilber.com
Building and Yielding
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Before explaining how to build the Mishkan Moshe begins with Shabbos to show that building the Mishkan doesn’t override Shabbos. Rebbe Nachman asks: why would we ever think building the Mishkan overrides Shabbos – nothing overrides Shabbos except saving a life! The purpose of the Mishkan and of Shabbos are the same – to bring […]