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Man: Preprogrammed For Greatness (Shabbos Nachamu)

Man has conflicting wishes and desires. Man has forces pulling him in competing directions.

Consolation And Redemption

Perhaps the admonition here is that we should not trivialize the events of the past by saying that they are irrelevant to the modern Jew.

The Good Land

One must view the settlement of Israel in a positive light. Thinking otherwise is a grievous sin.

Aleph Beta: Va’etchanan: What Did Moses Do Wrong? Part II‏

Reaching a stronger understanding of what Moses actually did to prevent him from entering the land

Redeeming Relevance on the Weekly Torah Portion: Ve’etchanan

The 10 Statements main point was not content but the encounter between G-d & His nation, Israel

Torat Hakehillah

Before going in, I had told R’ Nachum all of the things we were doing in Philly, and how it was very important to receive a good bracha on behalf of our newest venture, a Russian Kollel.

Ethical Correctives For The First 4 Books

Devarim often parallels the stories in Bereishit but in reverse & can be considered as a corrective

Being Part Of The Winning Team

On Super Bowl Sunday itself, life seems to stop. Over one hundred million people watch the game. About half of the households in the country show it in their living rooms and dens.

Aleph Beta: Devarim: What Did Moses Do Wrong?

Moses begins Sefer Devarim reviewing much of the 40 years in the desert & why he can't enter Israel

Temples, Tribes, And Timeless Deeds

While they are definitely special occurrences, why are they cause for a new holiday?

You Have Dwelt Long Enough in Brooklyn and Beverly Hills!

Torah wasn’t given to be kept in Sinai; Brooklyn or Beverly Hills-It was meant to be kept in Israel!

When Is Tisha B’Av?

In addition to the restrictions of Tisha B’Av, there are several restrictions that one may not perform during the week that Tisha B’Av falls in.

From Tragedy To Triumph

The word “shavat” in the first kina of Tisha B’Av morning indicates a sudden suspension and cessation of time that accompanied the Temple's destruction.

Redeeming Relevance on the Weekly Parsha: Devarim

Words & expressions that don’t appear anywhere in Torah’s first 4 books suddenly appear in Devarim

Tisha B’Av Toil

Feeling Hashem's presence in our lives is the very purpose of the Beis HaMikdash.

Torat Hakehillah

Knowing and feeling that Torah is the only absolute truth will not only help us serve Hashem properly, it will also help us reach out to others. We can be confident that we are offering them the best product possible.

Do The Chosen Have Superior Souls?

When living in Israel, how can we be a light to the world's nations if we don’t live among non-Jews?

Aleph Beta: Matot-Masei: The Art of Negotiation‏

Analyzing the request to live on Jordan's other side to understand true communication: Trust&Respect

Putting Ourselves In Their Shoes

There are certain restrictions and abstentions that apply to Tisha B’Av that do not apply to regular aveilus.

Gad — The Tribe of the Nouveau Riche

Gad’s tremendous wealth considered with other points led rabbis to deduce Gad was very materialistic

Modifying the Law is Affirming It

The story of Zelophehad's daughters demonstrates Torah’s flexibility and ensuring justice.

Shabbos Mevorchim Menachem Av

A man from a distant city once came to Reb Hershel to bemoan the sorry state of his business affairs. To the tzaddik’s inquiry about the extent of his knowledge of religious practice, the man readily admitted his ignorance.

Parshat Pinchas

While leadership is always needed, complex situations require it at the highest level.

Quiet Sanctity Runs Deep

Not everybody’s greatness is readily apparent. Am mkadhsei shvi’i refers to the masses, the less notable among us, who exhibit the hidden, Rosh Chodesh type of sanctity.

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