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WORDS OF WISDOM:The heart may be only a single handbreadth long, but its depth has no end  - Rav Leib Chasman, Ohr Yahel
Parshas HaShavuaQuick Vort
Parshas Bahaloscha: Chizkuni - Shevet Levi, A Family Tradition of Excellence

Hashem tells Moshe Rabbeinu to designate Shevet Levi for Avodah in the Bais HaMikdash. The pasuk (Bahaloscha 8:19) then says, "ולא יהיה...read more

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Parshas HaShavuaQuick Vort
Parshas Naso: Kli Yakar - The Explosion of the Sotah's Stomach

If the Sotah is guilty of the crime she was accused of by her husband, then after drinking the Mei Sotah her stomach explodes. Why is this so?

The Kli Yakar answers that the Mei...read more

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HalachaTshuvos
Rav Moshe Feinstein & The Shoel U'Maishiv: When You are Chazzan in a Shul with a Different Nusach

If you are Nusach Sefard or Sefardi and are Chazan in an Ashkenaz minyan, or vice versa, as Shaliach Tzibbur you must daven the Nusach of the Shul you are davening in. But what about the quiet...read more

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MoadimShavuos
Kli Yakar - Isn't Shavuos The Day of Kabalas HaTorah?

In Parshas Emor when the Torah discusses the Yom Tov of Shavuos, it makes no mention at all that we are celebrating the day that we received the Torah. All it talks about is the completion of...read more

posted:2015-04-29 00:30  (0) comments

StoriesGadlus
Reb Elchonon Wasserman Insists on Door to Door Service

While in New York fundraising, Reb Elchonon Wasserman's host offered to give him a ride to his meeting in Mid-Manhattan. Although Reb Elchonon was not one to take favors at the expense of...read more

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AvodahChanoch L'Naar
Rav Zalman Sorotzkin - The Hardest Challenge in Chinuch, When Everyone Does It!

Parshas Emor begins with the prohibition of Kohanim to defile themselves to a dead body. Hashem tells this to Moshe in a unusual language, first saying "אמור...read more

posted:2015-04-25 00:30  (0) comments

AvodahOlam HaTorah
The Paradox of Rewarding Torah Study

In the first parsha of Shema it says that you must love Hashem, "בכל לבבך ובל נפשך...read more

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StoriesMashal
The Donkey and the Dirt

A man came to his Rebbe crying that his donkey fell into a pit and he didn't know what to do. "Why don't you lift it out with a rope", asked the Rebbe. "Because it is...read more

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AvodahChanoch L'Naar
The Secret of Two Candles To Good Children

The gemara (Shabbos 23b) says, "הרגיל בנר הווין ליה בנים...read more

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AvodahOlam HaTorah
Rav Gamliel Rabinowitz - A Measure of Comfort in Real Poverty

Dovid HaMelech says in Tehilim (119:49), זאת נחמתי מעניי כי אמרתך...read more

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Daas TorahPearls Of Wisdom
Rav Meir Shapira - Blaming All The Jews
The gemara Yevamos (61a) says "אתם קרויים אדם ואין עכו"ם...read more
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AvodahInnocent Observations
We Will All Be Robbed One Day

There is a famous story about a professor who gets up in front of his class with a big empty jar. He fills it to the top with a couple of large rocks. He then asks the class if the jar is full...read more

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Rav Aharon Kotler - Hashem Looked in The Torah and Created... Fingers!
Sefer HaChinuch - What Does Killing an Animal Do For Us?
Rav Yeruchom: When Accepting The Torah Became a Matter of Life of Death
True Bitachon: What Tuesday Parshas HaMan Reveals in Us
Finding Our Own Parking Spot - The Miracle of the Eighth Night
The Day Our Suffering Will End
Btzel HaChochma - Other People's Mitzva, Can You Eat First?
Parshas Vayeitzei: Rabbeinu Bachaye - It All Starts From Luz
Rav Vosner - Tefilas HaDerech Alongside Cities
Parshas Ki Seitzei: Rav Yisachar Dov of Belz - The War You Are Guaranteed To Win
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Galus
The Day Our Suffering Will End

Mi She'amar L'Olamo Dai Yomar L"Tzaraseinu Dai. He who said to His world enough should say to our pain...read full story

Innocent Observations
We Will All Be Robbed One Day

There is a famous story about a professor who gets up in front of his class with a big empty...read full story

Olam HaTorah
The Paradox of Rewarding Torah Study

In the first parsha of Shema it says that you must love Hashem, "בכל לבבך ובל נפשך ובכל מאודך", with...read full story

Mashal
The Donkey and the Dirt

A man came to his Rebbe crying that his donkey fell into a pit and he didn't know what to...read full story

Chanoch L'Naar
Rav Zalman Sorotzkin - The Hardest Challenge in Chinuch, When Everyone Does It!

Parshas Emor begins with the prohibition of Kohanim to defile themselves to a dead body. Hashem tells this to...read full story

Bnei Bayscha
Some Shidduch Questions From Rav Shmuel Rozovsky

One day a Yid from Yerushalayim traveled to Bnei Brak to ask the legendary Rosh Yeshiva of Ponevezh, Rav Shmuel...read full story

Gadlus
Reb Elchonon Wasserman Insists on Door to Door Service

While in New York fundraising, Reb Elchonon Wasserman's host offered to give him a ride to his meeting in Mid-Manhattan....read full story

Tefila

Shmoneh Esrei - Choose The Way You Will Die
The halacha requires us to close our eyes when davening Shmoneh Esrei. It is brought in the Seforim that...read full story

Likras Shabbos
Parshas Vayakhel: Sridei Eish - Building Shabbos & Building A Bais HaMikdash

Parshas Vayakhel talks almost exculsively about building the Mishkan, however the first few pasukim are about the Mitzva of Shabbos....read full story

Lessons in Tzedoka

Parshas Vayakhel: Rav Chaim Soloveitchik's Long Wait

"K'chu Mei'itchem Truma" take from them donations (Vayakhel 35:5). The pasuk before says that Moshe spoke directly to the...read full story

Emuna

The Joy that Mourning Brings to a Wedding
Shlomo HaMelech tells us in Koheles (7:2) "Tov Lalaches El Bais HaEivel MiLeches El Bais HaMishteh", it is better to...read full story

Ahavas Yisroel
Parshas Truma: Rav Moshe Shternbuch - Brilliant Colorful Diversity

Among the layers of the roof of the Mishkan was the Tachash. The Tachash was an animal with brilliantly...read full story

Gedolim Biographies
Reb Dovid of Lelov - Is It A Crime To Favor Your Own Child?
Reb Dovid was born in 1746 and was a talmid of Reb Elimelech of Lizhensk and later of the Chozeh of Lublin. ...read full story

Story Corner
Rav Nosson Adler Dances For The Donkey
One cold winter day, the Gaon, Rabbi Nosson Adler, was traveling together with his esteemed talmid, the Chasam Sofer.  The...read full story

Moshiach
Chofetz Chaim - Will Your Plaque in The Bais HaMikdash Bring You Eternal Pride or Shame?

The Chofetz Chaim (Shem Olam 1:17) says that whoever helped build the second Bais HaMikdash is listed in Sefer Nechemiah...read full story

Elul-Tishrei
What Is Isru Chag Exactly?
Isru Chag, the day after each Yom Tov, is a term that comes from a Pasuk in Hallel (Tehilim 118),...read full story

Rav Chatzkel

Rav Chatzkel Levenstein - First A Smack, The We Can Talk

Chazal tell us "Oy Lani MiYom HaDin, Oy Lanu MiYom HaTochacha", woe is to us from the day of punishment,...read full story

Around The Year
Tu B'Shvat - The Tragedy Of The Free Leaf

"Ki Hadam Eitz HaSadeh", a person is like a tree in the field. There are many comparisons between a...read full story

Kodesh
Shabbos is a Day of Three Kinds of Rest

By Mincha on Shabbos we say that Hashem gave us Yom Menucha, a day of rest. We then go...read full story

Eretz Yisroel
Parshas Shlach: Kotzker Rebbe - Impressions Of Eretz Yisroel

"Uri'isem Es HaAretz Ma Hi... HaTova He Im Ra'a... HaShmeina He Im Razah" (Shlach 13:18-20). Moshe Rabeinu tells the...read full story

Introduction
Shaarei Tzvi - Unlocking The Best Kept Secret In Megilas Esther

Every now and theb there is a Chazal that drops a bombshell, which changes everything you everything. Its implications...read full story

Postcards From Kotzk
Kotzker Rebbe On The Dormant Monster Within

The Yehudi HaKadosh MePishischa was a Chosid of the Chozeh of Lublin, until one day one of the elder statesmen...read full story

Mitzva Opportunity
Parshas Re'eh: Netziv - Feeling Your Own Pain
The Torah forbids us to harm ourselves in any way when mourning over the dead because we are a Holy...read full story

Ikvisa D'Mishicha
Reb Elchonon Wasserman's Last Drasha, We Are Saving The Yidden in America
Reb Elchonon Wasserman was one of the great pre-war Roshei Yeshiva in Europe.  He learned in Telz Yeshiva and joined...read full story

Perek Shira
Perek Shira: The Snake's Song - Taking a Plunge

No creature in history has taken a fall like the snake.  This once companion of man, with legs that would...read full story

Tehilim
Tehilim Perek 139: Hashem Is Here, Hashem Is There
"Im Esak Shamayim Sham Ata V'Atzia She'ol Hineka", If I ascend up to heaven, you are there. If I make...read full story

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