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     Some time ago a man approached me asking if l could help his daughter get into a certain graduate program. Although, at the moment, I had no idea how I could be of use, I replied that I would look into it and see what I could do. In retrospect, little did I know that my small effort would be a... read more
What was the power of Joshua and Caleb? How did they resist the evil counsel of the spies? How did they remain immune to the pressure? Prior to their departure, Moses blessed Joshua and prayed that he might be protected from the counsel of the spies. In his prayer, Moses changed the name of Joshua... read more
Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moshe regarding the Cushite woman he had married. Aaron turned to Miriam and behold she was afflicted with Tzaraas, leprosy.  Miriam was quarantined outside the camp for seven days and the people waited for Miriam until she was healed (chapter 1-15). Rashi asks why 3... read more
The backdrop for the giving of the Torah is significant. The Torah was given at Mount Sinai, a lowly mountain, and while logic would dictate that it would have been more impressive had God proclaimed His words on a tall, majestic mountain, He nevertheless chose Sinai for His revelation, teaching us... read more
Trust and LoyaltyOne of the mitzvos mentioned in this parashah is, “You shall not place a stumbling block before the blind.” This statement is not meant to be taken only literally; it also means that we must be careful not to give misleading advice. We also have to insure that we do not have hidden... read more
The Lessons of the Birds If a person spoke lashon hora they would incur a skin disease called Tzoraas which is a combination of the word Motze Rah "one who brings forth evil" The Kohen shall command the person being purified to take two live birds ". {Chapter 14-4} Rashi explains birds are brought... read more
Making TikunIn the opening verse, “Vayakhel Moshe – Moshe assembled,” Moshe gathers the entire congregation of the Jewish people. The word “Vayakhel” gives us pause. Usually the next text reads “Moshe spoke” or “Moshe commanded.” However, “Vayakhel” was the rallying cry calling the people to... read more
Take Nothing for GrantedAs Moses came down from Mt. Sinai and beheld the people dancing around the Golden Calf, he took the two tablets on which the Ten Commandments were engraved and threw them down, smashing them. It was only at this moment, just before the two tablets are about to be destroyed,... read more
Ta’anis EstherTa'anis Esther - The Fast of Esther is Thursday, March 9Fast begins 5:06am and concludes 6:38pm (times are for NYC)It says in the holy book Kav Hayshar any person who needs Rachamay Shomayim- divine intervention for any situation in their life should pray with extreme concentration on... read more
When the month of Adar arrives we increase our joy. On Purim everyone is required to send no less than two gifts of food to one another “Shalach Manos Ish Liraihu" the more gifts you send the more praiseworthy you are. Nevertheless, it is better to increase our Tzedaka, charity then to have a... read more


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