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Parashat Chaye Sarah – He Won’t Leave You Alone

 וַיָּבֹא אַבְרָהָם לִסְפֹּד לְשָׂרָה וְלִבְכֹּתָהּ Avraham came to eulogize Sarah and to weep over her Avraham finished the hardest test of his life and aced it. He was willing to sacrifice his son for Hashem’s sake. He came home after this emotionally draining...

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Parashat Vayera – Rewards And Miracles

יֻקַּח נָא מְעַט מַיִם Please, let a little water be taken ⦁ Greater sacrifices earn greater rewards Avraham Avinu was well known for hosting guests. Three days after his brit milah, the most painful day of recovery, at 99 years old, Hashem was ready to give him a day...

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Parashat Lech Lecha – Subliminal Messaging

לֶךְ לְךָ מֵאַרְצְךָ וּמִמּוֹלַדְתְּךָ וּמִבֵּית אָבִיךָ Go for yourself from your land, from your birthplace, and from your father’s house  ● You can talk to others to message yourself. Hashem told Avram to leave his hometown, upbringing, and influences behind and...

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Parashat Noach – The Transiency of Falsehood

שְׁנַיִם שְׁנַיִם בָּאוּ אֶל נֹחַ אֶל הַתֵּבָה Two by two the came to Noach, to the Ark ● Any “gain” that comes from falsehood, which is based on nothing, cannot possibly last.   The Midrash tells us of an interesting event which occurred during the lead-up to the...

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Parashat Bereshit – Shabbat

 וַיְכַל אֱ-לֹהִים בַּיּוֹם הַשְּׁבִיעִי מְלַאכְתּוֹ And Hashem completed on the seventh day His work ● Creation never ends The Torah tells us that Hashem created the world in six days. If so, asks the Bet Halevi, why does the Torah say that Hashem finished on the...

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Vezot Haberachah – Giving It All

הָאֹמֵר לְאָבִיו וּלְאִמּוֹ לֹא רְאִיתִיו וְאֶת אֶחָיו לֹא הִכִּיר וְאֶת בָּנָו לֹא יָדָע… …who said of his father and his mother, ‘I do not see ’ nor did he recognize his brothers, nor did he know his children  ● The more you give the more you’ll get back Moshe was...

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Parashat Haazinu – Using Our Privileges Properly

צוּר יְלָדְךָ תֶּשִׁי וַתִּשְׁכַּח אֵ-ל מְחֹלְלֶךָ You ignored the Rock Who birthed you; you forgot the God Who saved you. ⦁ Hashem gave us many traits to enable us to serve Him better. Don’t use them “against” Him.   The Dubno Maggid explains this passuk through his...

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Parashat Vayelech – Torah Lights Up The Darkness

 וְזָנָה אַחֲרֵי אֱלֹהֵי נֵכַר הָאָרֶץ…וְאָנֹכִי הַסְתֵּר אַסְתִּיר פָּנַי בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא…וְעַתָּה כִּתְבוּ לָכֶם אֶת הַשִּׁירָה הַזֹּאת וְלַמְּדָהּ אֶת בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל… …and stray after the of the land…And I will hide My face on that day…And now, write for...

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Parashat Nitzavim – Torah Torah Torah!

לֹא בַשָּׁמַיִם הִוא לֵאמֹר מִי יַעֲלֶה לָּנוּ הַשָּׁמַיְמָה וְיִקָּחֶהָ לָּנוּ is not in heaven, that you might say, “Who will go up to heaven for us and get it for us?” ⦁ Torah is the only worthy thing in this world The Chafetz Chaim was known to often say “The...

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Parashat Ki Tavo – Serve With Happiness

תַּחַת אֲשֶׁר לֹא עָבַדְתָּ אֶת ה’ אֱ-לֹהֶיךָ בְּשִׂמְחָה… …because you did not serve the Hashem, your God, with happiness ⦁ Serving Hashem is the single source of unadulterated happiness in this world You may notice during Kriat HaTorah this week that there is a part...

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Parashat Ki Tetze – Put In The Effort

לֹא תִרְאֶה אֶת חֲמוֹר אָחִיךָ אוֹ שׁוֹרוֹ נֹפְלִים בַּדֶּרֶךְ וְהִתְעַלַּמְתָּ מֵהֶם הָקֵם תָּקִים עִמּוֹ You shall not see your brother’s donkey or his ox falling (from their load) on the road, and ignore them, you shall pick up with him.  ⦁ If you want help, you...

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Parashat Shoftim – Whatever They Say

וּבָאתָ אֶל…הַשֹּׁפֵט אֲשֶׁר יִהְיֶה בַּיָּמִים הָהֵם וְדָרַשְׁתָּ וְהִגִּידוּ לְךָ אֵת דְּבַר הַמִּשְׁפָּט וְעָשִׂיתָ…לֹא תָסוּר מִן-הַדָּבָר אֲשֶׁר יַגִּידוּ לְךָ יָמִין וּשְׂמֹאל And you shall come to…the judge who will be in those days, and you shall inquire, and...

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Parashat Re’eh – Destroying The Temple

לֹא תַעֲשׂוּן כֵּן לַה’ אֱ-לֹהֵיכֶם You shall not do so to Hashem, your God.   ⦁ The spiritual side of our actions can be much more powerful that we bargained for. Rashi brings down that Rabban Gamliel said that we can learn this passuk exegetically to mean “You shall...

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Parashat Ekev – A Father’s Rebuke

כִּי כַּאֲשֶׁר יְיַסֵּר אִישׁ אֶת בְּנוֹ ה’ אֱ-לֹהֶיךָ מְיַסְּרֶךָּ just as a man rebukes his son, so does Hashem, your God rebuke you. ⦁ Punishments can be out of love  There was once a man who took his son for a walk through a thick forest. Before they got in, the...

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Parashat Va’etchanan – Love For Mitzvot

…וָאֶתְחַנַּן אֶל ה’… אֶעְבְּרָה נָּא I begged Hashem…let me cross over … ⦁ Mitzvot aren’t just credits for the next world Moshe was relating to the nation that he begged Hashem for the opportunity to actually enter Eretz Yisrael. The Gemara relates that the reason he...

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