Monthly Archives: August 2016

Parshas Eikev — Haftorah from Yeshayahu — quick tidbits

PARSHAS EKEV  [some quick morsels from the weekly portion…]  ‘And if you will “heel” keep the commandments’.  So begins the weekly Torah Portion this week.  Rashi explains that the word heel was placed into this sentence to tell us we must … Continue reading

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You shall not add and you shall not subtract…

In this week’s Torah portion we have the prohibitions of:  [verse 3]  “Lo to’seefoo…ve’lo tee’gra’oo…”  you may not add to Torah, nor may you detract from Torah.  You cannot add Halacha nor say a Halacha is no longer part of … Continue reading

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Parshas Eschanan (Shema) and Haftorah of Nachamu (and stars)

This week’s Parsha is Eschanan and has the Shema, the declaration a Jew says from birth to death, morning, afternoon and evening.  We declare we know that G-d is infinite and ONE and that all His ways of manifesting in … Continue reading

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The Owl Gives a Hoot About Us — Perek Shira

[continuing in Perek Shira, the Song of the Universe, we come to the Ritzeefee, an owl, and find out what they give a hoot about.] When the world is asleep, you can hear the Shechina weep From behind the Western … Continue reading

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Ten types of prayer — one being v’eschanan

This week’s Torah portion is called v’eschanan.  Moshe relates to the Jews how he pleaded and begged G-d to be allowed to cross the Jordan and see Eretz Yisroel. V’eschanan – RASHI:  Even though Tzadikim have merits, they daven for … Continue reading

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Sweeping Away our Dark Corners

There is an ancient custom that on midday of Tisha B’av, still in the midst of our mourning, we take up broom and mop and sweep and clean our homes in anticipation of the Final Redemption. Now I ask of … Continue reading

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No, it doesn’t make sense “I think, therefore, I am” — I’m consequential, therefore, I am!

Tricky question, this, do I exist or don’t I? Learning Tanya, you come across a discussion in Sha’ar HaYichud Chapter 4, where the Tanya analyzes a verse that says, “Kee Shemesh Oo’Magayn Hashem Elokim.”  G-d Elokim is a Sun and a … Continue reading

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