Monthly Archives: August 2016

Erev Shabbos Kodesh Eikev Inspiration 5776


In this week’s parasha we read the second passage of Shema, where it is said (Devarim 11:13-15) וְהָיָה אִם שָׁמֹעַ תִּשְׁמְעוּ אֶל מִצְוֹתַי אֲשֶׁר אָנֹכִי מְצַוֶּה אֶתְכֶם הַיּוֹם לְאַהֲבָה אֶת יְ-הֹ-וָ-ה אֱ-לֹהֵיכֶם וּלְעָבְדוֹ בְּכָל לְבַבְכֶם וּבְכָל נַפְשְׁכֶם: {יד} וְנָתַתִּי מְטַר … Continue reading

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Shabbos: Ta’am HaChaim Eikev 5776


Eikev 5776 New Stories Eikev 5776 Shabbos: Ta’am HaChaim   Eikev 5776 On Shabbos One Indulges in the Physical on a Higher Plane Introduction At the end of last week’s parashah it is said (Devarim 7:11) vishamarta es hamitzvah vies … Continue reading

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Erev Shabbos Kodesh Vaeschanan-Nachamu Inspiration 5776


This week’s parasha, Vaeschanan, is referred to as Shabbos Nachamu because of the Haftorah that we read which begins with the words (Yeshaya 40:1) נַחֲמוּ נַחֲמוּ עַמִּי יֹאמַר א-ֱלֹהֵיכֶם, comfort, comfort My people, says your G-d.  We must wonder, however, … Continue reading

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Shabbos: Ta’am HaChaim Vaeschanan-Nachamu 5776


Vaeschanan-Nachamu 5776 New Stories Vaeschanan-Nachamu 5776 Shabbos: Ta’am HaChaim Vaeschanan-Nachamu 5776 Only HaShem can Truly Comfort us Introduction This week is referred to as Shabbos Nachamu, the Shabbos of Consolation. One must wonder where the consolation is. We just finished mourning … Continue reading

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Erev Shabbos Kodesh Devarim-Chazon Inspiration 5776


This Shabbos is referred to as Shabbos Chazon, the Shabbos of vision. The simple explanation for this appellation is that on the Shabbos prior to Tisha Ba’Av we read the Haftorah that begins with the words (Yeshaya 1:1) חֲזוֹן יְשַׁעְיָהוּ … Continue reading

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Shabbos: Ta’am HaChaim Devarim-Chazon 5776


Devarim-Chazon 5776 New Stories Devarim-Chazon 5776 Shabbos: Ta’am HaChaim Devarim-Chazon 5776 Eicha: A Time to Give, not to Receive Introduction איכה אשא לבדי טרחכם ומשאכם וריבכם, how can I alone carry your contentiousness, your burdens, and your quarrels? (Devarim 1:12) In … Continue reading

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Erev Shabbos Kodesh Matos-Masei Inspiration 5776


One may consider the reading of the journeys of the Jewish People in the Wilderness irrelevant to our daily lives, but I am always fascinated by the number of journeys, which is 42. The Malbim and others point out that … Continue reading

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