Preparing for Shabbos Together

by R. Gil Student I. Preparing For Shabbos The key to success in anything you do is preparation. You want to ace a job interview? You need many things to succeed,but if you prepare, if you research the company and practice answering common questions, then with siyata di-Shmaya (divine assistance) you have a much better chance of getting the job. ...

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Don’t be Negative, Don’t Give Up

by R. Eliezer Simcha Weisz A certain Chassidic Jew came to visit the Gerrer Rebbe (The Chidushei HaRim). The chassid looked depressed, and the Rebbe asked what was troubling him. The chassid responded that he was bothered by the fact that it was summer. When the Rebbe inquired if the heat was bothering him, the chassid explained that his problem ...

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Moshe, Success or Failure?

by R. Gidon Rothstein Parshat BeHa’alotecha Moshe’s Extraordinary Comfort In the course of the rebuke to Miriam and Aharon for their slander of their brother, Hashem declares Moshe to be be-chol beiti ne’eman, the most faithful (or trusted) in all My house, 12;7. R. Yaakov Zvi Mecklenburg accepts the general view, the phrase means Moshe was like a trusted friend, ...

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Waiting to Return after Kaddish

by R. Daniel Mann Question: I have started a year of aveilut and hope to recite many Kaddeishim. I was wondering: after taking three steps back and finishing Kaddish, must I wait before returning to my place?   Answer: It is indeed worthwhile for people with hundreds of Kaddeishim in front of them to learn more about different facets of ...

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Finishing Weddings, Divorce Can Wait

by R. Gidon Rothstein Parshat Be-Ha’alotecha Wedding is a Family Right, Not Only a Personal One Se’if 12 of siman 64 tells us a groom must make a wedding for his wife even if only her relatives care (she says she doesn’t mind), and must meet the standards of whichever family occupies the higher socioeconomic class [if the bride’s family ...

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Israeli Soldiers and Treif Food

by R. Gil Student I. Non-Slaughtered Meat A surprising leniency gets a brief mention in the Talmud but might have practical relevance for Israeli soldiers today. Jewish soldiers have to keep kosher, of course, and sometimes that requires some effort in the IDF. While in the field, soldiers bring kosher rations with them. But there is a surprising leniency for ...

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The Inseparable Connection: Family Unity and National Peace in Parshat Naso

by R. Eliezer Simcha Weisz Parshat Naso continues the national themes introduced in Parshat Bamidbar. It examines national matters such as the size, roles, and location of the tribes of Israel: “לְמִשְׁפְּחֹתָם לְבֵית אֲבֹתָם” (“According to their families, by their fathers’ households”). The parsha then presents unique commandments: The commandment of purity: “צַו אֶת-בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל וִישַׁלְּחוּ מִן-הַמַּחֲנֶה כָּל-צָרוּעַ וְכָל-זָב וְכֹל ...

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