The Bali Mussar tell us that the difference between a rightous person and a an evil person is the power to visualize (co'ach ha'seur). In other words, someone who has a clear picture of the destructive ramifications of sin or the elevating results of a mitzvah will always go in the straight path. Comparatively, someone who has a weak understanding will follow their basic nature. The Ramchal explains that perpetual study is the key element needed to build a true and clear… Continue
Added by Rav Mitterhoff on August 31, 2007 at 3:35pm —
Added by Rabbi Binyomin Adler on August 31, 2007 at 8:46am —
Parshas Ki Savo
"I can't believe that he asked you for $20 and
you just gave it to him. He's a faker. Aren't you upset with
"No. But he's really upset that he didn't ask for
"And you shall rejoice with all the good that Hashem gave
you." (Divorim 26:11) Rav Mordechai Gifter zt"l (and expounded by Rabbi
Zelig Pliskin) says that it is human nature to want more than we
presently have.Consequently, people aren't always happy when getting… Continue
Added by Rabbi Chaim Flom on August 30, 2007 at 3:33pm —
The entire world is bridged by your entire and delightful awareness of Chochmah, all creature small and big turns toward a flow of energy, blown by mercy and sustained by the awareness of self-existence. Only you, Oh Lord ,. Great King The only one whose mercy has given "Or" allows free self conspicous needs to be touched by free choice. Liberty to choose, to praise, to bow the only one The Creator. The intrinsic relation among all natural phenomena reflects the whole… Continue
Added by aribentzion benveniste on August 28, 2007 at 4:30pm —
What: Chumash ShiurLecturer: Elirok
When: Sunday through Thursday
Time: Starting at 2 PM EST
Location: Online @ the "Jewish Home". Follow the directions at this… Continue
Added by elirok on August 28, 2007 at 2:47am —
Added by Rabbi Binyomin Adler on August 24, 2007 at 6:53pm —
In a world that's falling apart, Torah is the best glue. Spread it around carefully, properly and liberally, then keep repeating to strengthen the bond. Continue
Added by Baruch Meir on August 24, 2007 at 1:08am —
In the Path of the Just are some inspiring words to help one before Rosh Hashanah. In the first chapter on cleanliness the Ramchal explains that through the sheer force of habit one can uplift himself to a very high spiritual state.
Quote: "You will now note the distinction between the Watchful and the Clean man (although they are closely related). The first is Watchful of his deeds and sees to it that he does not sin in relation to… Continue
Added by Rav Mitterhoff on August 24, 2007 at 12:00am —
The talk of surrendering Har Habayit or abandoning other lands in Eretz Yisrael is a wake up call from Hashem, for Jewry to strengthen their desire to build up Eretz Yisrael. Specifically, during the month of Elul there is message to focus our spiritual growth in preparation for the days of Judgment on building. Devarim 22:8 teaches that when building a new house one place a parapet around the roof.… Continue
Added by Bernard S. Antin on August 23, 2007 at 11:44pm —
A person, who is embarrassed to ask for clarification, will not learn.
The attribute of modesty is appropriate in every situation, except for learning. The nature of learning requires a give and take between teacher and student. When the student does not understand the concept presented by his teacher, he must ask for an explanation. If he does not seek an explanation, he will not be able to follow the class.
As obvious as this seems, human nature often… Continue
Added by Rabbi Zvi Miller on August 21, 2007 at 10:36pm —
"You can't help her because you don't have a free moment !?! It's taken you two hours to get to level 27 of that PacMan game, and you're still playing!!"
"An Ammonite or Moabite man may never marry into Bnai Yisrael...because they (Ammon and Moab) did not bring you bread and water when you left Egypt and they hired Bilaam to curse you. (Divorim 23:4-5) The Dubno Magggid says that both reasons are connected. If they would try to rationalize their not giving us food… Continue
Added by Rabbi Chaim Flom on August 21, 2007 at 10:26pm —
Added by Rabbi Binyomin Adler on August 17, 2007 at 8:34am —
The Torah as a D-vine document has application to all life’s situations throughout time and history. Recently, a group of IDF soldiers refused orders to expel Jews from their homes in Hevron. There can be no argument that obedience to orders is essential to a military organization. However, after the atrocities of WWII “I was just following orders” is not acceptable. Therefore, the notion of an illegal or immoral order that is a soldier’s duty to disobey is equally acceptable in modern society.… Continue
Added by Bernard S. Antin on August 16, 2007 at 6:35am —
We find a curious pattern in the Torah: Hashem first promises victory to Klal Yisrael and then cautions them not to panic. For instance He assures us (Devarim 20:2): ““When you go out to war against your enemy and you see horse and chariot, a great multitude of people who outnumber you, do not fear them because Hashem, your G-d, is with you -- Who brought you up from the land of Egypt.”
After this assurance Hashem warns them (Devarim 20:3): “….Listen O Israel, today you are close to… Continue
Added by Rabbi Zvi Miller on August 15, 2007 at 1:36pm —
"You punched in at work and then you made all those calls for that poor family?? You can't do that on your boss' time!!"
"...and they shall judge with honest judgment for the people....and you shall purse righteousness (tzeddek)". (Divorim 16:18-19) Rav Rephael Hamburg says that before one can do righteous acts like charity (tzedaka) he must make sure that his money is honestly earned. The same is true about time !!
Even for a mitzva, only spend it… Continue
Added by Rabbi Chaim Flom on August 15, 2007 at 7:48am —
PARSHA INSIGHTS\THE SAGES OF MUSSAR
The Torah (Devarim 30:16) states: “See – I have given to you today life and good…” The phraseology of this verse seems unsymmetrical because we usually contrast opposites. Accordingly, the verse should have said, “life and death;” or “good and bad.” If so, what message do we derive from this uncommon usage of language?
HaShem created the human being from a compound of spiritual and material components. The holy soul has countless worthy… Continue
Added by Rabbi Zvi Miller on August 10, 2007 at 12:40pm —
Added by Rabbi Binyomin Adler on August 10, 2007 at 8:30am —
"I'm so happy!! I did exactly what
daddy wanted!! "
When there were no
esrogim one Succos in Vilna, a man told Rabbi Eliyahu Kramer, the Vilna Gaon,
that he would procure one for the rabbi, if the rabbi would give him the
Heavenly merits of that mitzva (commandment). The Vilna Gaon jumped at the
deal, and said "now I can do the mitzva only because Hashem wants me to do it
Added by Rabbi Chaim Flom on August 9, 2007 at 6:30am —
I'm experimenting with a Jukebox widget that has Jewish Music MP3s from various sites, on myblog, however, if anyone knows of a better program to use for a similar purpose? I'd like to know.
For more information please click on this link.
Added by Torah Online on August 8, 2007 at 6:53am —
Elul, the month before the cycle of Judgment and Jubilation that is Tishrei and its Holidays begins next week. What singular thought could drive home the essence of this season?
It may sound almost silly but following joke from www.beliefnet.com illustrates what Elul is all about;
A group of scientists concluded that science have progressed so far that man no longer needed G-D. So a representative was dispatched to appear before G-D to inform Him He was no longer… Continue
Added by Bernard S. Antin on August 7, 2007 at 11:00pm —