Parshas Haazinu: Shabbos Shuva

Print PDF By Rabbi Shloimie Lindenbaum כי חלק ה’ עמו יעקב חבל נחלתו (פרק לב פסוק ט) It is said that R’ Chaim Volozhiner was very bothered with a particular statement of the תנא דבי אליהו. It says that Hashem practices the מדה, trait, of being שמח בחלקו (happy with one’s lot). R’ Chaim asked […]

Eternity of Our People

Print PDF By Rabbi Naftoly Bier In 1942, in a labor camp in Poland, where the Nazis ימח שמם, brutally treated the inmates, randomly murdering a few every day, just providing them once a day with a morsel of rotten bread and putrid water; on Yom Kippur almost every Jewish inmate fasted and many prayed […]

Parshas Nitzavim-Vayelech

Print PDF By Rabbi Shloimie Lindenbaum למען ספות הרוה את הצמאה (פרק כט פסוק יח) The Torah condemns a person who feels confident ignoring Hashem’s directives and following their own desires and whims. The פסוק ends off with an interesting phrase which the Ramban explains to mean, literally, “this will add the satisfied one with […]

Teshuva: Creating a New Perspective

Print PDF By Rabbi Naftoly Bier The גמרה יומה פ”ו, Talmud Tractate Yuma 68b with regard to תשובה, repentance asks: What are the circumstances that demonstrate that one had completely and honestly repented? רב יהודה taught, if one has the opportunity to sin with the same woman (who he had sinned with previously) at the same […]

Parshas Ki Savo

Print PDF By Rabbi Shloimie Lindenbaum לא עברתי ממצותיך ולא שכחתי (פרק כו פסוק יג) After a person distributes all their tithes-תרו”מ) תרומה ומעשרות) they must come to the בית המקדש in the third year of the שמיטה cycle to proclaim וידוי מעשרות- “the confession of the tithes.” In this established text the person announces […]

Bikurim: Capturing the Moment

Print PDF By Rabbi Naftoly Bier The ספר החינוך, מצוה תר”ו, mitzva 606, teaches that “since a man arouses his thoughts and draws the truth in his heart with the power of the words of one’s mouth. Therefore, when one is the beneficiary of one’s benefactors- that He blessed hi, and his land to bear […]

Parshas Ki Seitzei

Print PDF By Rabbi Shloimie Lindenbaum ובכתה את אביה ואת אמה ירח ימים (פרק כא פסוק יג) The Parsha begins with the story of the יפת תואר- the gentile woman that a man captured in war. The הלכה is that she must don ugly clothes and live in the man’s house for a month. There […]

Teshuva: A Manifestation of One’s Inner Greatness

Print PDF By Rabbi Naftoly Bier The month of אלול is an acronym for “אני לדודי ודודי לי”, “I am for my beloved and my beloved is for Me.” חז”ל are teaching us that it is a propitious time, that Hashem’s ‘fatherly’ connection to His children, כלל ישראל, can be acutely felt and experienced due […]

Parshas Shoftim

Print PDF By Rabbi Shimmy Sternfield א־תִזְבַּח֩ לַיהֹוָ֨ה אֱלֹהֶ֜יךָ שׁ֣וֹר וָשֶׂ֗ה אֲשֶׁ֨ר יִהְיֶ֥ה בוֹ֙ מ֔וּם כֹּ֖ל דָּבָ֣ר רָ֑ע כִּ֧י תוֹעֲבַ֛ת יְהֹוָ֥ה אֱלֹהֶ֖יךָ הֽוּא (יז,א)׃ “Do not slaughter to Hashem, your G-d, an ox or sheep that has a blemish, any bad thing.” This week’s פָּרָשָׁה opens with several prohibitions that apply to judges: “Do not […]

Ennobling Each Other

Print PDF By Rabbi Naftoly Bier In דברים כ:ה-ח , Deuteronomy 20:5-8, the Torah enumerates those that are disqualified from entering into battle. They are 1) one that built a new house and has not inaugurated it, 2) one who planted a vineyard and has not redeemed it. 3) one who has betrothed a woman […]