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Pesach 5774 - Audio (English) Message from The Tolne Rebbe

Pesach 5774 - Audi (English) Message from The Tolne Rebbe ...

   
 

Pesach 5774 - Leil Seder

Just this past Sunday, at a family Bar Mitzvah, I heard a very beautiful insight which is perfect for seder night. My cousin, Dr. Yoel Jakobovits, describe...

   
 

Parshas Acharei Mos/Shabbos HaGadol - Aderes HaTorah

In this week's Parsha, Hashem calls upon Klal Yisroel not to act like the nations of the world. Even though we lived in Mitzrayim and were exposed to ...

   
 

Parshas Acharei Mos/Shabbos HaGadol: These Windows will Always be Supported

Once again, the unique configuration of this year's parshios (although identical to that of three years ago) presents us with an interesting them...

   
 

Parshas Acharei Mos/Shabbos HaGadol - Shining Our Souls

’What good is a lamp in the sunshine!’ Our characters have been marked with Poland, Hungary, Germany, Spain, Amsterdam, Morocco and Turkey. All of...

   
 

Parshas Acharei Mos - True! How Marvelous was the Kohen Gadol

אמת! מה נהדר... היה כהן גדול  , True! How Marvelous was the Kohen Gadol Often during a Jewish leap year the portion of Achare...

   
 

Pesach 5774 - Sandwiches: Symbol or Meal?

A young construction worker lies in bed, the shrill shriek of his alarm still echoing in his room.  He groans.  He doesn’t want to get up to con...

   
 

Mizmor Lesodah and Pesach

Question #1: Mizmor Lesodah and Pesach “I recently assumed a position teaching in a small town day school. Before Pesach, I mentioned that we do not...

   
 

Why Didn't Dasan and Aviram Die in Egypt?

In regard to the approaching Mitzvah of Sippur Yetzias Mitzrayim, a young student from Florida posed the following question to her teacher. The Torah tells us...

   
 

Pesach 5774 - Achieving a Harmonious and Meaningful Family Pesach Seder

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Parshas Metzora - Who is the Real Baal Ha"Boss"?

 “A plague upon ‘one’ of your houses!” The plague that most defined the contrast between the houses of the Egyptians and the Jews ...

   
 

Parshas Metzora - Sacrifice Yourself!

During these weeks, we have been reading the parshiyos of the korbonos The idea of Mishkan and Mikdosh is intertwined with the concepts of korbonos. The Rambam...

   
 

Insights Into Halacha: The Quinoa - Kitniyos Conundrum 2014

Generally, this time of year is the busiest for Rabbonim the world over; fielding questions on every aspect of the myriad and complex halachos of Pesach observa...

   
 

Parshas Metzora - Diagnosing Tzoraas

In this week’s parsha we learn about the diagnosis and treatment of “tzoraas” (a leprous disease, which one would suffer because of some moral...

   
 

Parshas Metzora: Parsha Pearls - Heavenly Messages

“When you will go into the Land of Canaan…and I will place a nega tzara'as on a house in the land of your inheritance” (14:34) The avei...

   
 

Parshas Metzora: Learn The Lesson! (L'zacher Nishmas My Bubbie On Her Yahrzeit)

Today, 2 Nissan is the Yahrtzeit of my Bubbie. This week's shtikle is dedicate le'iluy nishmasah, Yehudis bas Reuven Pinchas. Parshas Tazria covers m...

   
 

Rosh Chodesh Nissan: A Fresh Start

Every Rosh Chodesh is a time for renewal, a time to get off to a fresh start in our Avodas Hashem. The word Chodesh has the same root a...

   
 

Pesach 5774 - Hallel in Shul on Seder Night

Question #1: When I visit Eretz Yisroel, I notice that even Nusach Ashkenaz shullen recite Hallel on the first night of Pesach. Should I be reciting Hallel with...

   
 

Parshas Tazria/HaChodesh - A Different Kind of Rosh Hashanah!

Depending on who and when you ask the Jewish year either begins in the month of Tishrei, at Rosh Hashanah time, or a couple of weeks before Pesach in Nissan. Wh...

   
 

Parshas Tazria - Watch your Mouth

A belated dedication: Mazal Tov to my brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Rabbi & Mrs. Avi Lifshitz of Perth, Australia on the birth of a baby girl, Ora (abou...

   
 

Parshas Tazria - Honey-Do!

הנצנים נראו בארץ עת הזמיר הגיע וקול התור נשמע בארצנו -שה"ש ב, The flowers appear on the earth; the time of s...

   
 

Parshas Tazria/HaChodesh - Peace or Truth?

Why is it that for a diagnosis of Tzaraas, which is often caused by saying Lashon Hara, one goes to a Kohen, and not to a Talmid Chacham regardless of whether o...

   
 

An Open Invitation: Insights on the Pesach Haggadah

There are many mitzvos (commandments) we fulfill during the Pesach Seder.  We consume Matzah as a reminder of both servitude and liberation; we drink the F...

   
 

Parshas Tazria - Parsha Pearls: The Fault You See May Be Your Own

“If a person will be afflicted with a tzaraas, he shall be brought to the Kohen” (13:9) Chazal (Nega’im 2:5) derive from this pasuk: “K...

   
 

Parshas Shemini - Religion vs. Spirituality

It was a brief but powerful lesson, and I learned it from a recovering drug addict. He was telling his story to an audience of rabbis who were there to lear...

   
 

Parshas Shemini - Lehavdil - L'zacher Nishmas R' Moshe Fuller, z"l

This past Wednesday, the 17th of Adar II, marked the third yahrtzeit of R' Moshe Fuller, z"l, of Ner Yisroel. He was instrumental in spearheading a Central...

   
 

Parshas Shemini - Basic Training

We yearn to yet bring the Paschal sacrifice this year in the Holy Temple. As we are all assumed to be in a state of impurity due our having been in contact with...

   
 

Parshas Shemini - The Cow of Infinity

The Parah Adumah or Red Heifer is the classic example of a Mitzvah which is beyond our comprehension. As described in the Bamidbar (19:1-22), the cow had to be...

   
 

Parshas Shemini - Silence is Golden

It was to be a day of rejuvenation and reconciliation.  The dedication of the Mishkan (Tabernacle) symbolized the return of the Divine Presence to the camp...

   
 

Parshas Shemini - Parsha Pearls - The Spiritual Cholesterol

“…These are the animals that you may eat…(11:2) Although the prohibition of eating non-kosher foods is among the mitzvos that are categoriz...

   
 

Parshas Shemini - Don't Be a Chazir - or a Pig's Foot

We are what we eat – and how we eat. This week’s parsha spells out the numerous laws of kosher and un-kosher wildlife. The Torah dedicates an entir...

   
 

Parshas Shemini - Stunting Self Expression Post Purim?

This weeks Parsha discusses the fatal mistake of Nadav and Aveeho in the service of the Mishkan, resulting in their untimely death. What was that mistake? Chaz...

   
 

Parshas Semini - Words Matter; Deeper Meanings and Understanding

Words matter to Jews.  Language matters.  Hebrew, filled with beauty and poetic power, is a language in which words carry not just superficial meaning...

   
 

How Do We Make Kosher Wine?

Kashrus is significant to this week’s parsha, and right after Purim and beginning our Pesach preparations. This seems like the perfect week to discuss: Ho...

   
 

Purim 5774 - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

There are certainly no shortage of interpretations out there for the exact understanding of the ad delo yada obligation on Purim. However, I would like to ...

   
 

Purim 5774: Bigsan and ... (Video)

 This post will probably be of little interest to those who lain in הברה ספרדית. I'm not sure why but this year, my "pet peeve" energies ...

   
 

The Joy of Purim

“When the month of Adar arrives, we should increase our joy” (Taanis 29a) Purim is a day replete with mitzvos: reading of Megillas Esther, giving m...

   
 

Parshas Tzav/Zachor - Parsha Pearls: Purim and Amalek ' A Time to Pray and a Time to Fight

Purim and Chanuka are two yamim tovim that were enacted by Chazal to commemorate the Jewish nation being saved from the wicked decrees of Haman and Antiochus. T...

   
 

Parshas Tzav/Purim - Keeping the Torah Fires Burning

“Hashem spoke to Moshe, saying: ‘Command Aaron and his sons:  This is the law of the burnt offering – it is the burnt offering that stays...

   
 

Parshas Tzav/Zachor - Remember Not To Forget

“You shall remember what Amalek did to you on the way, when you went out of Egypt, how he happened upon you on the way and cut off all the stragglers at y...

   
 

Purim: Pi In The Sky

Being that today is Pi day I thought it would be appropriate to share a Torah perspective on Pi that is extremely relevant to Purim. The Gemara in Eiruvin stat...

   
 

Hilchos Uminhagei Purim

The following is meant as a convenient review of Halachos pertaining to Purim. The Piskei Din for the most part are based purely on the Sugyos, Shulchan Aruch a...

   
 

Parshas Tzav - Aderes HaTorah

This week's parsha begins with the details of the service of the Kohen in the Bais Hamikdash. The Torah relates to us that during the Avodah, the garments ...

   
 

Parshas Tzav - Making Waves

The Yom Tov of Purim calls for "משתה ושמחה", feasting and rejoicing. True joy can only be achieved in an environment of שלום, peace.  We pray...

   
 

The Whys and Wherefores of Zachor

Question #1: Homebound "As a mother of several small children, it is not easy for me to go out on Shabbos to hear Parshas Zachor. Am I required to do so?" Que...

   
 

Purim 5774: Giving Credit Where Credits Do: Purim Thought

ויודע הדבר למרדכי ויגד לאסתר המלכה ותאמר אסתר למלך בשם מרדכי - אסתר ב:כב “Mordechai found out (a...

   
 

Purim 5774: Shoshanas Yaakov ' From Thorns to Roses

Mishenichnas adar marbim b'simcha, when the month of Adar is ushered in, it is a time of immense happiness. The celebration of our miraculous salvation fro...

   
 

We Are One Community, Unity, and the Command, "Be Drunk on Purim"

Rava said: It is one's duty levasumei, to be intoxicated on Purim until one cannot tell the difference between arur Haman (cursed be Haman) and barukh Mord...

   
 

Parshas Vayikra - Mikva Musings

Sefer Vayikra, which  we begin this Shabbos, in addition to discussing the laws of Korbanos and other Kohein related topics, discusses the laws of pur...

   
 

Parshas Vayikra: Like a Bird

In 1:14 we are told that an olah offering of birds is of turtledoves or pigeons. Ramban describes why specifically these two birds are chosen for the olah offer...

   
 

Parshas Vayikra: Aderes HaTorah

We begin reading the third Sefer which we call Sefer Vayikra. The name of Sefer Bereishis is clearly a description of what the Sefer is about; the beginnin...

   
 

Parshas Vayikra: The Weekly WOW! ... Where is G-D?

Sometimes the counter intuitive is true. This is the case with miracles. Intuitively we would expect miracles to be obvious and completely supernatural; however...

   
 

Parshas Vayikra - A World Where Appearances Mask Reality

Where is Esther alluded to in the Torah?  As it says, “And I shall surely hide My face on that day… V’Anochi hastair asteer es Panaii ba...

   
 

Parshas Vayikra: Nachas!

Nachas. We want nachas from our children. We hope our deeds grant nachas to the Almighty. And we certainly hope to receive some nachas from ourselves But what ...

   
 

Parshas Vayikra: Parsha Pearls - Quality over Quantity

"If one offers an olah korban (sacrifice)...it is a pleasant aroma to Hashem" (1:3, 9). This week's parsha begins with the laws of a Korban Olah which was...

   
 

Parshas Vayikra - Stumbling After Our Sweet Tooth

"כי כל שאר וכל דבש לא תקטירו – You shall not offer any kind of leavening, or any kind of honey . . ." (Vayikra 2, 11). How can this...

   
 

Parshas Pekudei - What is an 'Ayin Hara'?

God instructs Moshe that when he takes the census of the Israelites, they must be numbered indirectly: every man will give half a shekel, and the money thus col...

   
 

Parshas Pekudei - Answering the Call

It is the end; the end of the book of Exodus and the end of a narrative that has spanned four and a half parshios (Torah portions). So much time, so many words...

   
 

Parshas Pekudei - Be a Fein Shmecker

Upon the conclusion of all the inspired donations of material and industrious and devoted work that resulted in the construction of the Mishkan and its vessels,...

   
 

Parshas Pekudei: The Final Metal Count

In the beginning of this week's parsha, the sum total of all the metals used for the mishkan is given. The Ibn Ezra (38:24) and many other commentaries poi...

   
 

Parshas Pekudei: Parsha Pearls - Following The Manufacturer's Instructions

“And they made… as Hashem commanded Moshe” (Ch. 39) In this week’s parsha, the Torah repeats how the Jews constructed the Mishkan and...

   
 

Each and Every Day

My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail ...

   
 

Parshas VaYakhail - The Teaching Heart

A very special Weekly Shtikle Mazal Tov to my cousin Esther Rochel Jakobovits on her marriage this week to Yehuda Biron of LA. A special Mazal Tov to the extend...

   
 

Parshas Vayakhail - Parsha Pearls: Mission Possible

“Every man whose heart inspired and motivated him, brought his donation (teruma) for erecting the Mishkan and manufacturing of the Bigdei Kehuna (garments...

   
 

Parshas VaYakhail: Shabbos; Relaxing or Resting

The beginning of this week's Parsha discussed the Mitzva of Shabbos. The Torah tells us that it is forbidden to light a fire on Shabbos. We know there are ...

   
 

Parshas VaYakhail: True Motivations

"See, Hashem has proclaimed by name, Bezalel ... (and) He has filled him with a G-dly spirit, with wisdom, insight and knowledge and with every craft ... He ga...

   
 

Parshas VaYakhail: The Right Materials

Betzalel made the ark of acacia wood, two and a half cubits long, a cubit and a half wide, and a cubit and a half high. And he overlaid it with pure gold f...

   
 

Parshas VaYakhail: Willingness vs. Willpower

 “קחו מאתכם תרומה לה' כל נדיב לבו יביאה את תרומת ה' – Take from yourselves a portion for HaShem,...

   
 

Parshas VaYakhail: B'Oholei HaNivi'im

This week's Haftorah is in essence a continuation of the Haftorah we read for Parshas Terumah. It tells us of how Chiram built the Beis Hamikdash as per th...

   
 

Parshas VaYakhail: The Weekly WOW! ...Constant Creation

We rest on the Shabbos because G-d rested on Shabbos.  What does this mean?  When G-d created the world he created it ex nihilo, something out ...

   
 

Parshas VaYakhail: Curtain Call

Dedicated to the holy women of the Ohel Moshe family who sacrifice their time with their husbands, allowing them to devote themselves to construct our Mishkan!...

   
 

Parshas Vayakhail - Aderes HaTorah

In this week's Parsha, Moshe Rabbeinu gathers together all of Klal Yisroel, and begins his address to them with the Torah's commandment to keep Shabbo...

   
 

Parshas Ki Sissa - Total Dedication

In pasuk 32:26, following the sin of the Golden Calf, Moshe calls out "Mi laShem elai!" Who is for HaShem, come to me! And all of Shevet Levi joined him. They t...

   
 

Parshas Ki Sissa - Aderes HaTorah

This week's parsha chronicles the tragic incident of the golden calf. Klal Yisroel experiences a total meltdown, from the highs of spirituality down to the...

   
 

Parshas Ki Sissa - From Darkness to Great Light

Today is Purim Kattan. It’s not the real Purim, because Purim must fall on the last month of the year, yet it still a day of celebration and happiness. F...

   
 

Parshas Ki Sissa - The Weekly WOW!...To Convert Or Not To Convert?

The Talmud asks why Abraham was punished in that his descendants would be persecuted in a land not theirs (Egypt). R’ Yochanan said, “He prevented p...

   
 

Parshas Ki Sissa - Spiritual Clothing

“Hashem said to Moshe, ‘I have seen this people, and behold! it is a stiff-necked people. And now, release Me and let My anger flare against them an...

   
 

Parshas Ki Sissa - Snow Ice And Rain

As most of the readers of this article are experiencing and dealing with a significant snowstorm and it's aftereffects, I thought it would be appropriate t...

   
 

Parhas Ki Sissa - A Shayna Punim

Virtually anywhere throughout the world whenever one finds oneself at a washing station, inevitably there is a reflection of our shayna punim, beautiful face, s...

   
 

Parshas Tetzaveh - Ve'atem Hadeveikim

In the listing of the stones on the choshen (28:17-20) there is a difference between the last row and the other three. The last row is "Tarshish ve'shoham ...

   
 

Parshas Tetzaveh - Kindling the Oil

You shall command the Children of Israel and have them bring you clear olive oil, [made from olives that were] crushed for lighting, to keep the lamp burning co...

   
 

Parshas Tetzaveh - The Holy of Holies - A Privileged Site

“You shall make two keruvim (cherubim) of gold… from both ends of the [Aron’s] lid [Exodus 25:18]. You shall make one keruv from this end and...

   
 

Parshas Tetzaveh - Traveling Light

As a Rabbi and a Jew we have moved many times. In our family, we have it down to a science. We spend about a week packing up our home and the second week unpack...

   
 

Parshas Tetzaveh - On The Clock 24/7

On the hem of the Kohein Gadol's turquoise robe were gold bells and pomegranates that made noise when he walked. Rabbi Michael Bernstei...

   
 

Parshas Tetzaveh - Be'Ohel Hanevi'yim

This week’s Haftorah is from Yechezkel. It was chosen because it discusses the Bayis Shlishi and particularly the Chanukas hamizbeiach (inauguration of th...

   
 

Parshas Tetzaveh - The Men in the White Coats

Having just returned from a whirlwind tour of the Holy Land, in addition to the usual jet lag that tends to dampen the adrenalin high of a trip of this sort, th...

   
 

Parshas Tetzaveh - Aderes HaTorah

In this week's Parsha, Hakadash Boruch Hu tells Moshe Rabeinu to bring close Aharon and his children to become the Kohenem. The Pasuk says "he has to bring...

   
 

Parshas Tetzaveh - Wearing Our Souls on Our Sleeves

Parshas Tetzaveh introduces us to the bigdei Kahuna (the special clothing for the Kohanim). Each garment carried a unique function, as well as combining to beau...

   
 

Parshas Tetzaveh - The Spectrum of Muktzah Utensils

In the period of the construction of the second Beis HaMikdash, Nechemiah noticed that many Jews were extremely lax in Shabbos observance. In his own words, &ld...

   
 

Parshas Terumah - Everyone Gives Because Everyone Counts

This week's dvar torah is dedicated to the refuah shelayma (full recovery) of Pinchas ben Leah. In this week's parasha, Terumah, we learn about the b...

   
 

Parhas Terumah - Building an Eternal Temple

“You shall make for me a Temple and I will dwell within you (Exodus 25:8).”  With these simple words, God created a new paradigm for religious ...

   
 

Parshas Terumah - How To Make Synagogues Holy

An American industrialist once came to visit the Chofetz Chaim of blessed memory. The Chofetz Chaim proudly gave the man a personal tour of his Yeshiva and aske...

   
 

Parshas Terumah - The Weekly WOW! ...The Temple of Love

Familiarity breeds contempt. Sadly this often expresses itself in marriage. As we become closer to each other it seems acceptable to relax on the attention to d...

   
 

Parshas Terumah - Oil and Spice and Everything Nice

A number of years ago, I posed the following question and received back a number of nice suggestions which I would like to share. At the beginning of the parsh...

   
 

Parhas Terumah - Pura Vida! Ki Heim Chayeinu!!

This week I am fortunate to be communicating to you from the holy city of Jerusalem. I have been on a whirlwind tour of the land and its people together with s...

   
 

Parshas Terumah - A Dining Room Table or Altar in the Temple?

The following is from HaRav Avigdor Miller, zt’l QUESTION: In what way is the table in our home similar to the mizbeyach (sacrificial altar) in the Beis ...

   
 

Insights Into Halacha: The Chicken Bones N' Cholent Commotion

Approximately thirty-five years ago, severalstudents attending a yeshiva in Eretz Yisrael engaged in a typical Shabbos nocturnal activity: the raiding of the ye...

   
 

Parshas Terumah - Making the Sanctuary Real

“Meezbach adama ta’asu li … An altar of earth you shall make for Me …” [Exodus 20:21] “Daber el b’nai Yisroel v&rsq...

   
 

Parshas Terumah - Aderes HaTorah

This week's Parsha describes most of the Keilim in the Beis Hamikdash and how to build them. The menorah is particularly elaborate with many shapes and an ...