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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Divrei Torah

Still Cistern, Flowing Fountain

Those following the custom to study a chapter of Pirkei Avot every week between Pesach and Shavuot have a window this week into the beit midrash of Rabban Yochanan ben Zakai. Pirkei Avot is organized according to the chain of tradition, with students cited after their teachers. But when it comes to Rabban Yochanan ben Zakkai, the

Bringing Ourselves Into Hashem’s Presence

This dvar Torah is dedicated l’ilui nishmas my grandmother, Mrs. Hansi Bodenheim, Genendal bas Shmuel, a”h, who just passed away on the 24th of Nisan.

Pesach ended with a heavy heart for Jews around the world as we were met with the horrific news of the attack on those davening in the Chabad

The Unimaginable Power of Encouragement

Bouncing off of last week’s topic about the importance of honoring another person and enhancing their esteem, an extremely practical and beneficial method of carrying that out in practice is through encouragement.

The Midrash Tanchuma (Kedoshim 9) relates a story: In a town, there was a spirit

Respect and Honor

In corporate America we adulate those who succeed in the “elevator pitch”—i.e., a very concise presentation of an idea covering all of its critical aspects and delivered within a few seconds. Headed to work one morning, I boarded the B44 at Nostrand Avenue and Kings Highway in the direction of Flatbush Junction. Sitting

Rav Moshe Shaul Klein and Rav Sariel Rosenberg Address Dirshu Kinyan Halacha Siyum

“Ashreicheim: that is the word that is foremost in my mind when I look around and see 150 avreichim who have invested so much effort over the past five years in learning halacha l’maaseh and are now celebrating a siyum! Ashreichim, how fortunate you are that Torah is beloved and dear to you!”

Sefiras HaOmer: Building Our Character

I took my children to an indoor video game arcade on a rainy day of Chol Hamoed. Most of the people there were children and teenagers, but two people really caught my attention. One was an elderly man playing video games all alone in a motorized wheelchair with an oxygen tank. The second was an elderly lady in a wheelchair,

Honor the Honor of Another

After dealing with the laws of the Yom Kippur Service in the Beit Hamikdash, the pasuk concludes with the words “This shall be to you an eternal decree to bring atonement upon Bnei Yisrael for all their sins once each year; and he [Aharon] did as Hashem commanded Moshe.” (Vayikra 16:34). On the last part of the above-quoted

Start Somewhere and Blessings Will Follow

This weekend, many people will celebrate an unusual custom of having “shlissel challah” for Shabbos. Apparently, there is a custom in some communities of baking a challah with a key inside or of baking a challah in the shape of a key. This is supposed to help bring blessings of wealth and prosperity upon the household. The

Dirshu Shas Yidden Tested on Shas for Second Time

It was an absolute unique maamad that transpired in the home of HaGaon HaRav Berel Povarsky, shlita, senior rosh yeshiva at the Ponevezh Yeshiva. Rav Berel was so deeply moved by what he saw that at the end of the event that he exclaimed, “I am so overjoyed that, baruch Hashem, klal Yisrael is not orphaned. We have true

Pesach: Being a Father

Before one Pesach during World War II, the Bluzhever Rebbe was in a concentration camp and managed to salvage some flour to covertly bake a few matzos. Since there wasn’t enough for everyone who wanted, the Rebbe determined that the adults, not the children, should divide the matzos since they had a mitzvah to eat them.

The Five Stages of Faith

As we enter Pesach, the holiday of faith, we must reinforce our commitment to embarking on the journey of faith. There are five stages in this journey.

  1. Emunah Peshuta: Simple Faith:

The first is emunah peshuta.

The 11th Commandment: Do Not Be Complacent

The image of the ger, or stranger, appears at crucial junctures in the Passover story.

In the Bereishit narratives, it is used to foreshadow the historical trajectory of the nation of Israel in God’s vision to Abraham at Brit Bein Habetarim. “Know well that your offspring shall be strangers