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This Wednesday we will commemorate the Tenth of Tevet.
The day Nebuchadnezar began his occupation of Jerusalem. All the Jews
had lived in the Land of Israel for eight hundred and fifty years. The
Bais HaMikdash in Jerusalem, built by Shlomo HaMelech, was four hundred
and ten years old. Generations of Jews had never considered…
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Sometimes saying ‘Boruch Hashem’ is not so easy.
“If one digs deep into their soul to find blessing and then articulates that blessing in the form of praise to G-d, the Presence of G-d, the
Shechina, will immediately rest on that individual and whatever they
pray for at that moment will be heard. (ARI)
This explains why:
* Before we begin to pray in the…Continue
Holiness is found in the most unexpected places.
I was thinking recently about Chanuka, and a new idea occurred to me. Chanuka, the Festival of Lights, occurs at the darkest time of the year—the time when you would least expect it. And this is an important
characteristic of Judaism: that light, and holiness, occur where one
would least expect…
Added by Yaacov Haber on December 6, 2007 at 8:00pm — No Comments
Be careful not to accept Esav with two hands and not to push him away with two hands either.
Lately, I’ve been intrigued by the struggle between good and evil, light and darkness, Yaakov and Esav.
The actual struggle between these two brothers became the prototype of the Jewish struggle with myriads of outside forces and enemies that wanted to destroy
But, before Yaakov re-met Esav…Continue
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To make your Chanukah more meaningful this year we have worked very hard
translating and annotating the Megillas Antiochus - The Scroll of Antiochus.
This ancient scroll which dates back to the first century B.C.E. is read on
Chanukah in many Yemenite and Italian synagogues. It retells the story of the
heroic Maccabees and brings to life one of the true…
Yitzchok can inherit the Land of Israel; but only because his father was Abraham.
“And it is for you my brother to know, that even if a person reaches the highest spiritual level possible in perfecting his soul; even if he is as holy as the prophets and conducts himself with
complete dedication and love to G-d, – even so he does not even begin
to approach the merit of one who helps others. One who guides…
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Fan those sparks and they will turn into beacons of light.
The Chasidim speak about raising the sparks. During the process of creation holy sparks flew out of their targets and landed in some of the most unlikely places on Earth. One of the main functions of man is
to find these holy sparks, remove them from their unholy environments
and make them shine out in their holiness.
Abraham negotiated with Efron and the…
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A little about the book and its history.
“There were many great Torah authors and many styles of mussar. Not every author can speak to every soul; there are after all so many different types of souls. The exception to this is Rabbeinu Yonah
Girondi (and specifically his book on teshuvah). His writings…
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The rainbow symbolizes peace because it demonstrates how so many can become one. It symbolizes curse because it shows how one can be divided into so many.
Noach and his family emerged from their ark and saw a rainbow.
The rainbow represented a covenant of peace between G-d and His world. The rainbow symbolized that G-d will not destroy the world again and
that there will never be another flood like the one that occurred in
the time of…
It’s always fun to read a story about yourself. This is a true story as it appears in a new Artscroll book called “Stories For the Jewish Heart” by Rabbi B. Pruzansky.
I thought I would share it.
One special, golden Shabbos lay ahead on the horizon like a bright
little ball of light.…