Monthly Archives: January 2016

Stripping Down The Outer Husks

Truth is all I want the kernel stripped of outer husks for You are within Another peel removed is another inroad to You.  {notes scribbled:  Klipot are the “husks” that block man’s access to G-dliness and revelation}  

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Let’s Talk About Brachot — Blessings on Food

Tomorrow is  Tu B’Shvat and there ought to be many foods to make blessings on at your table.  I thought some brief insights into blessings on food would be a good idea now.  Birchas Hamazon, the blessing said after we … Continue reading

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Loving the Rascals

When learning Torah, there are many characters of every flavor to meet.  Some of these characters awed me as I learned their strengths and uniqueness.  Some amused me with their idiosyncrasies.  Yet, when my Torah teachers introduced me to Dasan … Continue reading

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Shiras Devorah – Haftorah for Parshas Beshalach

[The Haftorah this week is from Shoftim [Prophets-, Chapter 4 and 5 which talks of the leadership of Devorah and her song. ] Devorah was a prophetess who led the Jewish nation.  She merited prophecy and leadership because she was (verse … Continue reading

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The Palm Tree of Devorah (and why she sat there)

Devorah the Prophetess had a palm tree, a frothy one that stood tall as sentinel as it guarded her and those who came to seek her counsel.  It was called Tomer Devorah, Devorah’s very own palm tree. ‘Tis quite idyllic … Continue reading

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Today is the Yahrtzeit of the Babbe Hinda

As mentioned in a previous post, anyone named Genendel Liba is related to me, and probably knows many stories of the original Genendel Liba.  This great-great grandmother of mine was left a widow and went running to her rebbe [the … Continue reading

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Waterfalls of Torah

‘Twas my father’s Yahrtzeit.  We had gathered at his resting place to visit with him.  A couple of Minyanim of grandsons milled around.  And my sister turned to me commenting on which nephew looked “so much like Tatty”.  What was … Continue reading

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