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“Chave’er Tov - Good Friends”The Torah tells us that Rivka was pregnant with twins and the children struggled within her womb, “Vayissrotz’tzu habanim b’kirbah.”Rashi explains that whenever Rivka passed a house of idolatry, Esuv fought to emerge, and when she passed a house of Torah study, Yaakov... read more
Prayer and Finding a ShidduchEliezer prayed to Hashem that Hashem should do a chesed for his master Abraham, that he find a wife for Isaac. It is difficult to understand why one would have to pray for a match for Isaac, a man who had it all. He was the scion of a great family, fabulously wealthy,... read more
Be A BlessingAfter blessing Avraham, Hashem tells him, “He’yei beracha”- “You shall be a source of blessing”, words that imply a higher level of blessing than simply, “You shall be blessed.” Most people seek blessings for themselves, and if given a choice, would opt to be blessed rather than be a... read more
Is He a Mentsch?The parashah tells us: “These are the generations of Noah. Noah was a man, righteous and pure in his generation.” The Hebrew word for man is “ish,” for which the Yiddish equivalent is “mentsch.” The Torah teaches us that first and foremost, each of us must try to be a mentsch. The... read more
Aizehu Ashir - Who Is Rich?“If One Is Happy With Their Lot” The Parashah admonishes us not to harness an ox and a donkey together to plow (22-10). Although this commandment is a chok, for which no reason is given, we can derive a moral lesson from it. The Torah has compassion on the animals, since... read more
Viata Yisroel Mawh Hashem Eliokacha Shoel Miyimach. Now Nation of Israel what does Hashem your God want from you? {10:10} The Shulchan Aruch - Code of the Jewish Law says, a Jew is required to recite one hundred Brachos daily.  Rabbi Mayer says this is alluded to in the sentence by not reading the... read more
     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

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