Purim Contest 2006 Page 2

    1) למה  הפרה  הלכה  לבית  הכנסת?     כי  היא  רצתה  להתפלל  מוּוּוּוּוּוּוּסף. גדליה  Gedalya Gerstle                  Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy     2) למה  אחשורוש  חצה  את  הכביש?     ללכת  לארמון  שלו. Miriam...

Yearning For Torah

The question bothered him very much and he decided to go to the town square where all the poor were gathered and ask them.

The Power Of Prayer And Kavanah

Even if a king greets you, you should not answer him. Even if a snake winds itself about you, you must not interrupt your prayers.

His Own Faults

Once, Rav Shabsi HaCohen, the Shach — author of the Sifsei Cohen on the Yoreh De’ah and Choshen Mishpat - had a dispute with a prominent merchant of Vilna. The matter pertained to a monetary transaction, and each claimed loss and damages.

Who Bought The Romans To Israel?

If you were to ask the average Jew who destroyed the Beis Hamikdash and who sent Klal Yisrael into galus (exile), he would instantly answer, “The Romans.”

Charity Saves From Death

Rabi Meir was accustomed to remaining in shul each morning until every person left. He was usually the last person to leave. One day, he davened very fast and left very early. Walking outside, he thought to himself, “Why did I leave early? Is it possible that G-d ordained it so that a miracle may occur through me today?”

The History Of Chanukah (continued from last week)

Mattisyahu knew that Antiochus would be enraged when he heard what had happened, so he and his sons fled to the Judean Hills.

The Translation Of The Torah

By having a powerful army ready and prepared to do battle at a moment’s notice. But he should be discreet in using the army. He should carry a big stick but speak softly.

The Thirst For Torah

“Hoy! Kol tzmaei l’chu lamaim – All who thirst, go to water” (Yeshayahu 50:1). The words of the navi refer to the concept of...

Charity Saves

“When I asked why she cried so much she said she came from a very religious home and feared she would be sold to a non-Jew and forced to convert.

The Greatest Student

Rav Yosef Hochgelanter was the rav of the city of Zamushet. He was a great scholar and the author of Mishnas Chachamim. When he...

Daniel In The Lion’s Den

After the death of Balshazzar, Darius the Medean became king of Babylon. He appointed 120 governors to rule over his provinces and over them he appointed three presidents, and over them he appointed Daniel. The king admired the wisdom of Daniel and this evoked jealousy and enmity among all the ministers who sought to find fault with him. But Daniel was too honest and wise.

Poverty

When the Almighty saw the man’s struggles, He took pity on him and told Eliyahu Hanavi to give him four zuzim (coins).

More Stories About Rav Avraham Abush

As for myself, I can only answer that the yetzer hara has persuaded me to take the position because of the honor.

Plea For Help

Reb Raphael of Barshad was a humble and pious man, known as a tzaddik who never uttered a bad word against anyone.

Who Is Wealthy?

They praise the man who, in the midst of his sorrows and suffering, does not lift up his voice in complaint to G-d...

The Four Described Deaths

The death penalty in Judaism was seldom invoked because of the requirement for prior warning and two witnesses to the act that called for the penalty. Nevertheless, the Torah solemnly prescribes these penalties and through them one could judge the magnitude of the offense.

The Civil War Against The Maccabees

Every day a casket filled with gold would be lowered from the walls of Jerusalem and in return the army of Aristobulos would send up cattle for the korbanos.

The Greatest Treasure Of All

In the middle of the voyage, a terrible storm arose and the ship began to sink. They all barely managed to scramble aboard a lifeboat.

Authority In Israel

One of the areas in which even observant Jews sin is in their attitude towards rabbanim. A rav is not just someone whom we have the right to hire and fire; he is not just a man who gives a speech on Shabbos. He is a teacher and a leader. When he rules on a point of halacha, it is not only our right to listen to him; it is our obligation to do so.

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