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Challenges of Leadership: A Torah Perspective from Vayikra to the Purim Story

by R. Eliezer Simcha Weisz The Gemara (Berachot 34b) states: “מקום שבעלי תשובה עומדין צדיקים גמורים אינם עומדין, In a place where penitents stand, wholly righteous people cannot stand.” The Gemara emphasizes to us that even someone who is not perfect, and overcame challenging situations, can reach an exalted status even greater than that of great righteous people who did ...

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Grappling with Unwitting Sin

by R. Gidon Rothstein Parshat VaYikra Vidui Doesn’t Mean Confess, Says R. Mecklenburg The Torah tells us the Jew who brings a sacrifice to atone must ve-hitvadah, Vayikra 5;5, a word I think almost universally assumed to mean admit or articulate the sin, what we call vidui. This reading assumes the root le-hodot, such as to concede a claim (hodah ...

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With Hashem’s Help, We Will Not Give Up!

by R. Eliezer Simcha Weisz There is a principle: סופו נעוץ בתחילתו ותחילתו בסופו, Their end is attached to their beginning, and their beginning to their end. The end and the beginning are connected to one another. Even the beginning and end of each book of the Torah are  connected  and there is a common theme  between the opening and ...

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Completing a National Project

by R. Gidon Rothstein Parashat Pekudei Cloud of Glory, Restored HaKetav VeHaKabbalah’s comment to 40;38 mostly echoes a passage in Aderet Eliyahu 34;10, by the Vilna Gaon [maybe this doesn’t interest you, but I only just paid attention to the fact that R. Mecklenburg quotes the Vilna Gaon often, even though Aderet Eliyahu was first printed, as far as I ...

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Toil and Reward: From Effort to Victory

by R. Eliezer Simcha Weisz Never give up, and always try your best – this is the fundamental lesson we can learn from the Torah and Chazal about the value of effort. No matter how challenging the task may seem, we must persevere and put in a sincere effort, for that is what truly matters in the eyes of G-d  ...

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