Monthly Archives: August 2010

Rosh HaShanah: A “New” Day


The Zohar states that whenever it is said the words vayehi hayom, and it was the day, that day was Rosh HaShanah. The simple meaning of this statement is that “the” day is Rosh HaShanah, the first day of the … Continue reading

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Shabbos: Ta’am HaChaim Ki Savo 5770


שבת טעם החיים כי תבוא תש”ע Shabbos: Ta’am HaChaim Ki Savo 5770 Blessing is found in matters that are hidden from the eye Introduction ולקחת מראשית כל פרי האדמה אשר תביא מארצך אשר ה’ אלקיך נתן לך ושמת בטנא והלכת … Continue reading

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Like earthenware, but pure


On Rosh Hashanah we say that man is like a cheres hanishbar, a broken shard. This is interpreted simply to mean that man is worthless. We can suggest, however, that there is a positive element to this phrase. The Mishna … Continue reading

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Shabbos: Ta’am HaChaim Ki Seitzei 5770


שבת טעם החיים כי תצא תש”ע Shabbos: Ta’am HaChaim Ki Seitzei 5770 Fighting the Battle Against immorality Introduction כי תצא למלחמה על איביך ונתנו ה’ אלקיך בידך ושבית שביו, when you will go out to war against your enemies, and … Continue reading

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Elul:Lo Lo


The word Elul is comprised of two words, lo and lo. One is written with an aleph, and means no, and the other is written with a vav, and means to him. It is said (Tehillim 100:3 ) hu asanu … Continue reading

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Ani lidodi vidodi li


The first letters of the words Ani lidodi vidodi li are an acrostic for the word Elul. Elsewhere in Shir HaShirim it is said, ani yisheina vilibi er, I am asleep and my heart is awake. Rav Shlomo Freifeld said … Continue reading

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Zakein mamre


The Torah discusses what happens when one does not know the law regarding a certain matter. One must ascend to Yerushalayim and the judges there will decide for him. The Torah ends by stating that one who acts deliberately and … Continue reading

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