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Blooming Hope in War Times: Tu Bishvat and Marah’s Tree

by R. Eliezer Simcha Weisz For months, we’ve fought a fierce battle. Eyes raised, fueled by unwavering faith, we anticipate the unknown future. In this shadowed week, two seemingly distant events echo a resounding message: even in the bleakest winter, spring waits. On Tu Bishvat (ט”ו בשבט), the New Year for Trees (  often referred to asחג האילנות), we celebrate ...

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Navigating Antisemitism in the Modern Era

by R. Eliezer Simcha Weisz Navigating Antisemitism in the Modern Era: Is it time for an Exodus today? One of the questions we have been frequently asked by Jews living in different countries, both in the Western bloc and the Eastern bloc, as  a result of the surge of anti-Semitism in their countries, is whether they may remove the Mezuzah ...

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Matzah and a Message for this Time of War

by R. Eliezer Simcha Weisz This week’s parsha  Bo whispers a powerful message from a seemingly insignificant detail: the Israelites’ hurried exodus. They left Egypt with such haste, their dough untended and unleavened (Shemos 12:39). As Rabban Gamliel reminds us, “Whoever has not said these three  things on Pesach , has not fulfilled his obligation” at the Seder, and the ...

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Beyond Words: Deeds Define Leadership

by R. Eliezer Simcha Weisz ה֥וּא אַהֲרֹ֖ן וּמֹשֶׁ֑ה אֲשֶׁ֨ר אָמַ֤ר ה֙ לָהֶ֔ם הוֹצִ֜יאוּ אֶת־בְּנֵ֧י יִשְׂרָאֵ֛ל מֵאֶ֥רֶץ מִצְרַ֖יִם עַל־צִבְאֹתָֽם׃ הֵ֗ם הַֽמְדַבְּרִים֙ אֶל־פַּרְעֹ֣ה מֶֽלֶךְ־מִצְרַ֔יִם לְהוֹצִ֥יא אֶת־בְּנֵֽי־יִשְׂרָאֵ֖ל מִמִּצְרָ֑יִם ה֥וּא מֹשֶׁ֖ה וְאַהֲרֹֽן׃ הוא משה ואהרן. הֵם בִּשְׁלִיחוּתָם וּבְצִדְקָתָם מִתְּחִלָּה וְעַד סוֹף (מגילה י”א): “He Aaron and Moses… they are the ones who speak to Pharaoh… to bring the children of Israel out of Egypt” ...

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Underestimating Unity

by R. Eliezer Simcha Weisz Underestimating Unity: The Unraveling of Hamas in the Face of Israeli Solidarity Introduction: Unprecedented Attacks on Simchas Torah At dawn on Simchas Torah, Hamas struck with unprecedented ferocity, catching Israel off guard. The security barrier was breached, communities and bases overrun, territory conquered, and devastating casualties inflicted. Yet, ironically, these attacks might spell the demise ...

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Showing Solidarity in Times of Crisis

by R. Eliezer Simcha Weisz Showing Solidarity in Times of Crisis: Lessons from Moshe Rabbeinu’s Initiative ֱNow it came to pass in those days that Moshe grew up and went out to his brothers and looked at their burdens, and he saw an Egyptian Man striking a Hebrew Man of his brothers. He turned this way and that way, and ...

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Bearing the Burden in Wartime

by R. Eliezer Simcha Weisz Bearing the Burden in Wartime: Lessons from Moshe Rabbeinu in Times of Crisis In the midst of the current challenges facing Am Yisrael—enduring a war for survival, grappling with the emotional toll of conflicts against our citizens and values, and navigating through persistent mental and physical hardships, including killings, maimings, and displacement a period of ...

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In Times of War, the Power of Presence

by R. Eliezer Simcha Weisz In Times of War, the Power of Presence:  A Lesson for Today from Hagaon  Rav Chaim Shmulevitz on Parshas Vayechi During the Yom Kippur War in 1973, Israel faced a formidable military threat, endangering its very survival against a coalition of Arab states. On Erev Succos, Rav Chaim Shmulevitz delivered a Mussar Shmuess at Yeshivas ...

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Lessons from Chushim: Not Becoming Accustomed to War

by R. Eliezer Simcha Weisz In the final chapters of the Sefer Bereshis, the narrative unfolds as Yosef leads the procession to bury his father, Yaakov, in the Me’aras HaMachpela:  So Yosef went up to bury his father, and all Pharaoh’s servants, the elders of his house, and all the elders of the land of Egypt went up with him. ...

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