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Parshas Toldos

Print PDF By Rabbi Shloimie Lindenbaum ויאכל וישת ויקם וילך ויבז עשו את הבכורה (פרק כה פסוק לד) Our Parsha relates the story of Eisav selling the בכורה, the privilege and responsibility of the oldest son, to his brother Yaakov. It describes how Eisav returned from a tiring day in

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Parshas Toldos: Living Judiciously

Print PDF By Rabbi Naftoly Bier The תורה tells us in פרק כ”ה, “…And Esav came from the field and he was ‘exhausted’ (עיף) … And he said to Yaakov, ‘Please pour from the red stew into me for I am exhausted’, therefore he is called Edom (the one with

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Parshas Chayei Sarah

Print PDF By Rabbi Shloimie Lindenbaum ואם לא תאבה האשה ללכת אחריך וכו’ רק את בני לא תשב שמה (פרק כד פסוק ח) In this week’s Parsha, Avraham sends his servant Eliezer to חרן, Avraham’s birthplace, to find a wife for Yitzchak. Before sending him, Avraham makes Eliezer swear that

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Prayer: Defining the Cycles of Life

Print PDF By Rabbi Naftoly Bier This week’s newsletter marks the completion of its second cycle. We extend our profound appreciation to Rav Shimon Sternfield for his years of dedication, to Ms. Chayala Blumberg who diligently and professionally prepares each issue with supreme dedication, and to Rav Shloimie Lindenbaum for

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Parshas Vayeira

Print PDF By Rabbi Shloimie Lindenbaum ויאמר כי את שבע כבשות תקח מידי בעבור תהיה לי לעדה כי חפרתי את הבאר הזאת (פרק כא פסוק ל) Our Parsha records a discussion between Avraham and Avimelech regarding the well of water that Avraham had dug which was subsequently seized by Avimelech’s

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Parshas Vayeira: Avrohom Avinu – Paragon of Chesed

Print PDF By Rabbi Naftoly Bier The Medrash states for 2,448 years the world existed due to the חסד, selfless dedication to all of אברהם אבינו, our patriarch Abraham, who was the paragon of kindness and taught the world by example. Due to this dynamic, when he was commanded by

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Parshas Lech Lecha

Print PDF By Rabbi Shloimie Lindenbaum ויאמר ה’ אל אברם לך לך מארצך וממולדתך ומבית אביך (פרק יב פסוק א) Our Parsha begins with Hashem telling Avraham to leave his father’s house in חרן and travel to an undisclosed destination. This is regarded by Chazal as being one of the

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Parshas Lech Lecha: Avrohom Avinu’s Legacy

Print PDF By Rabbi Naftoly Bier Every day in תפלת שחרית we quote the פסוק from נחמיה: “ומצאת את לבבו נאמן לפניך, And You (Hashem) found his (Avrohom Avinu’s) heart faithful to You.” HaRav Yeruchem Levovitz defines this trait of אברהם אבינו, our patriarch Avrohom as a “בר סמכא”, a

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Parshas Noach

Print PDF By Rabbi Shloimie Lindenbaum אלה תולדות נח נח איש צדיק…(פרק ו פסוק ט) ויחל נח איש האדמה… (פרק ט פסוק כ) Our Parsha begins with referring to Noach as an איש צדיק – a righteous man, and towards the end describes him as being an איש האדמה –

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Parshas Noach: Animal Rights

Print PDF By Rabbi Naftoly Bier In בראשית א’:כט-ל, Genesis Chapter 1:29-30, it states: Hashem said, “I have given you (humankind) all herbage yielding fruit… And to every beast… and bird… and all that moves on the earth… every green herb for food.” The Ramban teaches, “Hashem did not permit

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