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ויקרא יעקב אל בניו…          מט:א The Brisker Rav was exceedingly exacting in the way he said Krias Shema.  It would take him a very long time.  (Paranthetically, the Gemara says that the reward for reciting Shema carefully is that Gehinom will be cooled off for him.  This is a tremendous schar.  Nevertheless, apparently not all […]
On Not Predicting the Future
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Jacob was on his death-bed. He summoned his children. He wanted to bless them before he died. But the text begins with a strange semi-repetition: “Gather around so I can tell you what will happen to you in days to come. Assemble and listen, sons of Jacob; listen to your father Israel.” (Gen. 49:1-2) This seems […]
Rabbi Weinreb’s Parasha Column, Vayehi
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“The Yoke’s On Us” We all have received blessings at one time or another. We have certainly received compliments. Over the course of time, we learn that sometimes the compliments are clearly flattering. But occasionally, ambiguous statements are made to us, leaving us confused and unable to determine with certainty whether we are being complimented […]
Love and Loss
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In the words of the great poet Alfred Tennyson, ‘Tis better to have loved and lost Than never to have loved at all.[1] Almost any person who lives long enough will experience and suffer loss; it is an inescapable fact of the human condition. Modern scholarship recognizes five distinct stages of loss and mourning: Denial, […]
Each to His Blessing
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A student pouts, kept after school for misbehaving in class. When it is time to finally dismiss the student, the teacher looks up from his desk. “You can go now,” he says. “It’s not fair,” the student complains. “You never keep any of the others after. They misbehave too.” The teacher considers the student’s words. […]