Shabbos: Ta’am HaChaim Vayakhel 5768
Shabbos in the Parashah
In this week’s parashah it is said (Shemos 35:1) Vayakhel Moshe es kol adas binei yisroel vayomer aleihem eileh hadevarim asher tzivah HaShem laasos osam, Moshe assembled the entire assembly of the Children of Israel and said to them: “These are the things that HaShem commanded, to do them.” The Baal HaTurim writes that at the end of last week’s parashah it is said (Shemos 34:35) virau binei yisroel es penei Moshe ki… Continue
Added by Rabbi Binyomin Adler on February 29, 2008 at 7:07am —
By Rabbi Yaacov Haber
In order for the world to work as designed, with peace and holiness, the Presence of Hashem, the Shechinah, must be embedded into the world. To achieve this we needed a project that would bring all the tribes of Israel, in spite of their differences, together. The project was the Mishkan.
Everyone brought something to the table. Some brought their wealth, some brought their engineering ability, some brought their… Continue
Added by Yaacov Haber on February 28, 2008 at 7:42pm —
It is known that after separating challah, a special prayer is recited. Unfortunately, it would appear that the version found in most siddurim omits the special supplication that one's children be righteous, as we are accustomed to request after lighting candles. It is important to daven for children yirei Hashem tzaddikim at
this time also, as Rav Chaim Kanievsky points out in Derech Emunah, in the name of the Hag'hos Maimonios.
In the back of the "Guidelines"to Separating Challah,… Continue
Added by Chaya Malka Abramson on February 28, 2008 at 8:01am —
"Wow Professor Smith, you really blew that one. Are you sure you didn't get a fake Ph.d online?"
In our Parsha (37:1 and from 31:7 in Ki Sisa) our sages tell us that Betzalel corrected Moshe on an instruction from Hashem !! Betzalel figured it out on his own !!! Yet the Medrash Rabbah,50:5, says that Betzalel introduced his comment by saying "Our teacher (and master) Moshe...".
Respect the honor of others even in their moment of… Continue
Added by Rabbi Chaim Flom on February 27, 2008 at 9:00pm —
Berakhot, 3a: The Not-so-strange tale of Rabbi Yose (ben Halafta) & Eliahu
The story of R. Yose and his encounter with Eliahu can be divided into 2 parts
In the first part, R. Yose learns a lesson on tefillah protocol, what to say, where and when (or when not) to say it. The second part describes God responding to the 3 daily tefillot in two dramatically different ways depending on where they are said.
In the first part, R. Yose learns a lesson from a "casual"… Continue
Added by Sidney Slivko on February 24, 2008 at 8:30pm —
Is Midlife Crisis a Crisis?
By Rabbi Yaacov Haber
If you're stuck - you can not be a leader of the Jewish people. If you're stuck - you can not be a Prophet. If you're stuck - you can not be a Torah scholar.
There were at least two million Jews traveling together with Moshe in the desert.
Amongst them were relatives of Moshe, Kohanim and elders. Yet… Continue
Added by Yaacov Haber on February 22, 2008 at 12:00pm —
L' Zecher Nishmas of Mora Yolan bat R' Yoseph, R' Avraham Pessach ben Yaakov
PARSHAT KI TISA
Dear Challa bakers and ladies who daven for Klal Yisroel, we hope this will enhance our lives.
We have special permission to present each week, a question from the clear and informative book
"Guidelines to Separating Challah and Candle Lighting " by Rabbis Y.Jaeger & Elozor Barclay. (Feldheim)
As a token of appreciation to the authors, don't hesitate to… Continue
Added by Chaya Malka Abramson on February 22, 2008 at 10:20am —
Shabbos: Ta’am HaChaim Ki Sisa 5768
Shabbos in the Parashah
In this week’s parashah the Torah elaborates on the mitzvah of Shabbos, the holiest day of the week. It is said (Shemos 31:16-17) veshamru vnei Yisroel es HaShabbos laasos es HaShabbos ledorosam bris olam beini uvein bnei Yisroel os hi liolam ki sheishes yamim asah HaShem es hashamayim vies haaretz uvayom hashevii shavas vayenafash, the Children of Israel shall observe the Shabbos, to make the Shabbos an eternal… Continue
Added by Rabbi Binyomin Adler on February 22, 2008 at 5:00am —
Moshe Rabbainu A’H came back with the second set of tablets. The people saw Moshe’s face shone with light, necessitating a veil for his appearing in public (Shemot 34:30). Rashi ZT’L comments how Bene Yisrael were capable of beholding G-D’s glory as an all consuming fire covering Mt. Sinai. However after worshipping the golden calf sin so debilitated them Bene Yisrael could not behold Moshe Rabinu’s holy visage.
This teaching has always proved fascinating. What was Rashi’s point? Was… Continue
Added by Bernard S. Antin on February 21, 2008 at 5:50am —
"I can't believe the lack of friendliness and joy there is in the neighborhood these days."
"I think it's because Mr.Cohen isn't here anymore with his warm personality."
"I always wanted to chat with him, but never found the time."
Rabbi Frand, discussing a wonderful piece from the Lekach Tov, says as follows: When the Torah originally describes the Ten Commandment Tablets, it just says that they were inscribed by "the finger of G-d". (Shemos 31:18) When… Continue
Added by Rabbi Chaim Flom on February 20, 2008 at 9:00pm —
"I can't understand why our annual dinner flopped. Before I left, I arranged a great chairman, we had great honorees, and the timing was perfect."
"Well, the one you asked to be chairman felt that he wasn't deserving of the honor, so he didn't do it."
At the "Burning Bush", when G-d wanted Moshe to take leadership of Bnei Yisrael, Moshe adamantly declined because he felt that his brother Aaron deserved it. G-d had Moshe take it, but took away the High… Continue
Added by Rabbi Chaim Flom on February 15, 2008 at 8:05pm —
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Added by Rav Mitterhoff on February 15, 2008 at 10:30am —
Shabbos: Ta’am HaChaim Tetzaveh 5768
Shabbos in the Parashah
In this week’s parashah the Torah records the instruction that HaShem gave to Moshe regarding the holy vestments to be worn by the Kohen Gadol, the High Priest, and his sons. One of the eight garments worn by the Kohen Gadol was the Ephod, which was like an apron. It is said (Shemos 28:6) vicheishev afudaso asher alav kimaaseihu mimenu yihyeh zahav techeiles veargaman visolaas shani visheishes mashzar, the belt with which it… Continue
Added by Rabbi Binyomin Adler on February 15, 2008 at 9:39am —
The collections of Chassidic teachings have the lessons for Purim following this week’s Sidra Tizaveh. It would seem appropriate to mention the holiday. However a quick look at the calendar would show Purim is not for another month as this year 5768 is a leap year. Purim will take place in the 13th month Adar Sheni. Instead, this month Adar Rishon Purim Katan, little Purim is observed.
Purim is the holiday celebrates the Defeat of Haman the megalomaniacal Prime Minister to King… Continue
Added by Bernard S. Antin on February 15, 2008 at 5:33am —
WORDS of WISDOM
A COLLECTION OF JEWISH SAYINGS, PROVERBS, MAXIMS & DICTUMS
ON THE DIVINE LAW:
"A man ought always to occupy himself in the words of the Law, and in the commandments, even if it were not for their own sake. For at length, he will do it for their own sake."
לעולם יעסוק אדם בתורה ובמצות אפילו שלא לשמה. שמתוך שלא לשמה בא לשמה.
"The Divine Law, the land of Israel and the world to come are all acquired through… Continue
Added by David Ben-Abraham on February 14, 2008 at 11:30am —
Tezaveh - God Wants a Home!
By Rabbi Yaacov Haber
39 years ago I came to New York to attend yeshiva. I heard so much about Yeshiva but it was the first time I ever saw one.
I was nervous but I was excited. When we walked up the walkway to the building it was recess time. I saw tens of boys playing handball against the outer wall of the Yeshivas building. I… Continue
Added by Yaacov Haber on February 12, 2008 at 10:00pm —
Talkback Post Haaretz-
What a pity that the Israeli government doesn't realize what an improvement in quality of life is afforded the elderly when they have access to full time filipino nursing. The filipinos provide proper food, take them outside, and look after them reliably and with care, easing the burden on younger family members who would otherwise have to take time from work to care for their older relatives. How pathetic that the head of the committee designated to 'study'… Continue
Added by Chareidio on February 11, 2008 at 5:51am —
Added by Rabbi Binyomin Adler on February 8, 2008 at 10:41pm —
G-D commands the Tabernacle, Mishkan should be placed over a frame of shitim wood (Shemoth 26:15-30) Rashi ZT’L explains (26:15) Yaakov Avinu A’H knew there would be a Tabernacle in Israel’s future. Therefore, after arriving in Egypt Yaakov planted ceders Ya’akov before death commanded his children to bring these trees with them as part of the Exodus. G-D will command you to build a Tabernacle and since you… Continue
Added by Bernard S. Antin on February 7, 2008 at 7:57am —
"Will whoever left two shopping carts in aisle three, please come and move them. No one can get through."
"In the rings of the ark shall be poles: they shall not be removed." (Shemos 25:15) The Chizkuni says that the ark was in the "Holy of Holies", which was entered by the Kohain Godol (High Priest) once a year. Therefore the poles sticking out of the side wasn't a public nuisance. However, the poles on the brass alter were where many people walked by, so the Torah had the poles… Continue
Added by Rabbi Chaim Flom on February 6, 2008 at 4:19pm —