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This week?s parsha, Vayechi, tells of the passing of Yaakov Avinu. The posuk states, ?Vayikrivu yemei Yisroel lomus vayikra levno leYosef? (Bereishis 47:29). As...

A Nation of Lions

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Vayigash is one of the most dramatic parshiyos in the Torah. The sons of Yaakov had strange experiences when they went to Egypt in...

Mah Nishtana

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At the end of last week?s parsha, we studied the story of Yosef and how he was thrown into jail, where he languished for...

Hope & Change

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The Chofetz Chaim foretold that before Moshiach?s arrival, there would be a few resolute individuals who would fight lonely battles. He said that while...

Better

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The battle of Yaakov and Eisov that began in the parshiyos of these weeks continues on until this day. The eternal battle takes on...

What Am I Doing?

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These days talk of presidential politics and Covid have taken over the public conversation and thought. People are consumed by those topics, seemingly to...

Jokers

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This week?s parsha introduces us to a new phenomenon: hypocritical tricksters and cynical jokers. The posuk (Toldos 25:19) tells us, ?These are the children...

What?s Going On?

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Klal Yisroel has been buffeted about of late and is worried. We have lost a most amazing gadol baTorah, a man who learned through...

Remember Our Mission

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When there is bad news in the world, when there is pestilence, terrorism or a war, people ponder why these things are befalling them....

Growth Opportunities

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Parshas Lech Lecha opens with one of the ten nisyonos Avrohom Avinu confronted. Nisyonos are commonly translated as tests or challenges. Avrohom was confronted...

The Noose Is Tightening

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We learn this week about the Mabul that destroyed the entire world, except for Noach, his family and representative animals, who were all saved...

Atop the Mountain

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A secular man walked into a small makolet grocery store somewhere in Israel and searched for the owner to help him fetch the bread,...

He is With Us

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The Ramchal (Derech Hashem, Avodas Hazeman, Sukkah) discusses the ananei hakavod that protected the Jewish people in the midbar. He says that they consisted...

This is The Year

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After a month of preparation, we are now at Rosh Hashanah, when Hashem judges all people. We have been given Elul to rectify that...

Anyone Can Be Chareidi

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Fear is a uniquely Jewish attribute. We used to be referred to as ?Ultra-Orthodox,? but now we are called ?Chareidim,? loosely translated as ?those who...

The Solution

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Parshas Ki Savo opens with the mitzvah of bikkurim. Through this mitzvah and the rich symbolism of the mitzvos surrounding it, we are taught...

Opportunity Knocks

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A man by the name of Vagshal, who lived in Bnei Brak, had the idea of building a hotel with a wedding hall on...

Ready for the Journey

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Like many who had known the late Sadigura Rebbe, I was heartbroken last week when learning of his passing. He was a regal, worthy...

Lament or Smile?

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Everyone waits for summer and here it is, one of the happiest times of the year. During normal times, things slow down and life...

Bizarre

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We are living in strange times. Since the era of Covid began, the world has taken a bizarre turn. Until then, we could usually...