Start Daf Yomi – It’s A Lifesaver (Part II)

I remember learning the daf in the emergency room of Maimonides Hospital as I stayed with a choleh. The daf followed me as I flew on planes and when I went on vacation.

Loving Our Brothers And Sisters

Just as Aharon had no envy toward his brother, Moshe, so Moshe had no resentment about the job given to Aharon.

Moshe – A Man Of Action

When everyone else was a bystander, Moshe takes action and defends the Ivri.

Start Daf Yomi – It’s A Lifesaver (Part I)

Rav Shimshon Pincus informs us that for every blatt we make an attempt to study, we will be allowed to master it in the yeshiva shel maalah.

Rewriting The Past

Instead of focusing on the trauma, he should have realized that Hashem saved him from Esav and Lavan, and returned Dinah and Yosef.

Why Do We Take Three Steps Back?

We wish to express our desire to achieve closeness with Hashem as we approach Him to ask for our daily needs and requests.

Want To Be Happy? Be Grateful

The act of lighting the menorah is an expression of gratitude.

Transforming Homes Into Holy Sanctuaries

The heart is the repository of one’s feelings and emotions. If we act toward our spouses with feeling, not only with a sense of duty and quid pro quo, we create a sanctuary.

Yavan + Tzaddik = Tziyon

How unlikely that these kohanim, whose sole job was ministering to Hashem and to the spiritual needs of our people, would all of a sudden become masters of artillery.

How Did Reuven Persuade His Brothers?

The Torah shows us the genius of Reuven’s strategy in stopping his brothers from committing murder.

The Conflict Between Judah and Joseph

The character trait that makes me personally identify with Judah – is his humanness and the fact that he makes mistakes in his lifetime but has the strength and ability to own up to his wrongdoings and start over.

As Rockets Rain Down On Our Brothers And Sisters (Part III)

When we avoid talking poorly about other people – whether at our Shabbos table, in the coffee room at the office, or at the dinner table with a spouse – we are helping our brethren in Eretz Yisrael.

Do You Have An Internal Locus Of Control?

Like the Slonimer Rebbe, Rabbi Yerucham Levovitz (Daat Torah p. 205-206) does understand "levado" as meaning alone. But based on the Midrash, he assumes that being alone is constructive. How can it be constructive?

Believing In Our Abilities

In a brilliantly creative rereading of the pasuk, Rabbi Shimshon suggests that alluded to in Yaakov’s word choice is this discovery of self-efficacy.

As Rockets Rain Down On Our Brothers And Sisters (Part II)

The Gemara (Meseches Megillah) wonders why Esther invited Haman to a private feast. How could she have sat at a private meal with such a monster?

Smooth Sliding And Glad Gliding

Rabbi Mecklenburg notes that another cognate, “sha,” means “closing one’s eyes” (Isaiah 6:10 and 32:3) since when a person closes his eyes, it appears as though he attaches his upper eyelid to his lower one.

Are Our Leaders The Final Word?

“Abba,” he said. “How can we believe our gedolim and their decisions when there are so many examples of corruption and abuse amongst them?”

When Rockets Rain Down On Our Brothers And Sisters (Part I)

We should also pray that our brethren in Eretz Yisrael be able to go to sleep serenely, without fear of being terrorized.

Yitzchak’s Sense Of Self

There isn’t much we know about his life, and what we do know seems to parallel many of the events in Avraham’s life.

When A Charity Collector Asks for Money

When a person says, ‘I don’t have anything,’ the malach intones ‘Amen.’ So in order to thwart this, I say, ‘Zolst yah haben – You should have,’ so that the Amen should apply to my blessing as well.

The Old Man And The See

“Sav” is related to the Hebrew word “seivah,” and both these words form the basis of “saba,” which means “old man” or “grandfather.”

Why Do Insane People Remain Insane?

We should not need gifts from flesh and blood or their loans, unless we realize that they are really coming from Hashem’s hand which is full, open, holy and bountiful.

Where Are You?

Rabbi Wertheimer writes that "ayeh" is used when one has no inkling where something is, while "eifo" is used when one does have a general sense of where it is.

Want To Be Young? Serve Others

Even a cursory reading of the pesukim leaves the reader in awe of the speed Avraham exhibited in performing the mitzvah.

Real 20/20 Vision

The Rebbe says that Noach trained himself to see the good in all people, and therefore he was even able to see the good in the degenerate people of the generation of the flood.

The Attribute Of Humility

In American society, wealth and power are the goals, while modesty and diffidence are impediments to success.

Dirt, Dust, And Ashes

Another word for dust, mentioned above, is “avak.” Rabbi Pappenheim argues that afar is run-of-the-mill dirt while avak is finer dust.

Elevated Gratitude

G-d, as it were, requires man’s assistance in revealing His presence in the world. Avram’s job was to spread G-d’s message in a world where He was obscured by idol worship.

Noach’s Crowning Virtue

After everything is analyzed, fear G-d and hearken to His mitzvos for that is all of man.” Walking with G-d is the ultimate achievement.

Be Kind, It Pays Off

If G-d miraculously ensured that all the animals came to Noach, why make him responsible for bringing them into the ark?


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