Monthly Archives: April 2016

Erev Shabbos Kodesh Inspiration Shevii Shel Pesach 5776


Shevii Shel Pesach is one of those Yomim Tovim that defies description. Essentially, this day is merely another day of Pesach, where we recite Kiddush, eat meat and drink wine, and recite Hallel and Mussaf. What distinguishes this day from … Continue reading

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Erev Shabbos Kodesh Inspiration Pesach 5776


As we sit down to the Seder tonight and recline like kings (and queens), we look back in history to the shameful experience of Yaakov putting up with his infamous father-in-law Lavan. The Torah states (Devarim 26:5) אֲרַמִּי אֹבֵד אָבִי, … Continue reading

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Shabbos: Ta’am HaChaim Pesach 5776


Pesach 5776 New Stories Pesach 5776 Shabbos: Ta’am HaChaim Pesach 5776 Shevii Shel Pesach: Transcending Our Limitations Introduction In addition to the festival of Pesach, there is a day referred to as “Shevii Shel Pesach,” the seventh day of Pesach. Although … Continue reading

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Erev Shabbos Kodesh Inspiration Metzora-Shabbos HaGadol 5776


Once again we encounter the מצרע, the person stricken with a supernatural skin disease. The Gemara and Medrash highlight two sins that are the catalyst for this affliction. One is speaking לשון הרע, and the other is צרות עין, miserliness. … Continue reading

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Shabbos: Ta’am HaChaim Metzora-Shabbos HaGadol 5776


Metzora-Shabbos HaGadol 5776 New Stories Metzora-Shabbos HaGadol 5776 Shabbos: Ta’am HaChaim Metzora-Shabbos HaGadol 5776 Removing the Evil Inclination from Our Midst is the Catalyst to Freedom Introduction In this week’s parashah the Torah continues to discuss the laws of one who … Continue reading

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Erev Shabbos Kodesh Inspiration Tazria 5776


Tazria is a difficult parasha to study and absorb, as the parasha discuses laws that don’t seem to have relevance to our lives. The practical laws of tzaraas are irrelevant, as the Ramban writes that tzaraas was a gift from … Continue reading

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Shabbos: Ta’am HaChaim Tazria-HaChodesh 5776


Tazria-HaChodesh 5776 New Stories Tazria-HaChodesh 5776 Shabbos: Ta’am HaChaim Tazria-HaChodesh 5776 Counting Our Way of Impurity Towards Purity and Holiness Introduction (This essay was written in 5769 when Tazria-Metzora occurred after Pesach) We have just completed the celebration of the Pesach … Continue reading

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