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LAUGHOTHERAPY

聽聽聽LAUGHOTHERAPY Hodesh Adar Humor is such a powerful tool. It can be used to do the worst things possible, like making a good, kosher, modest woman into a Sotah. (Sotah 7a) And it can do the best possible thing, like getting people interested in learning Torah. (Shabbat 30b) The Baal HaTanya (Chapter 7) writes how […]

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聽聽聽聽聽 BEHIND THE BLUEPRINTS Parashat Vaera The wisest of men said, in Kohelet, (拽讛诇转 讘) 讜驻谞讬转讬 讗谞讬 诇专讗讜转 讞讻诪讛 讜讛讜诇诇讜转 讜住讻诇讜转 讻讬 诪讛 讛讗讚诐 砖讬讘讗 讗讞专讬 讛诪诇讱 讗转 讗砖专 讻讘专 注砖讜讛讜. And I turned to see wisdom, folly and foolishness, for what is left for a man to do, a man who comes after the […]

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聽BEING G-D鈥橲 FIRSTBORN Parashat Shemot The hardest question to answer as a religious Jew is, if G-d is everything, and G-d is good, then why is the world so messed up? Why is there so much bad in the world? Couldn鈥檛 G-d create a world in which things would just make more sense? The answer […]

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SOMETHING FOR THE KIDS Parashat Vayechi Someone asked me a few days after Hanukah how my vacation was. I answered that I am still 讘讞驻砖. (I am still on vacation.) He asked me why I am still on vacation a week after Hanukah. I told him 讘讞驻砖 is also the acronym for the four things […]

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A JEW COVERED IN FISH GOOK

A JEW COVERED IN FISH GOOK Parashat Vayigash One of the greatest psychological challenges we all deal with throughout life is defining who we are and discovering our value. G-d made Man with a need to feel he has value. This is why when Man cannot find an intrinsic value within himself, he searches for […]

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GALUT AMERICA

GALUT AMERICA Hanukah In the days of the wicked Greek rule over Israel, it was decreed that every Jew whose house had a beam (to lock the door, as was the custom in those days) had to inscribe on it that he has no portion in the G-d of Israel. Immediately, the Jews got rid […]

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I DON鈥橳 CARE ANYMORE

I DON鈥橳 CARE ANYMORE Parashat Vayishlach I coached someone who once had a lot of money. We had a heart to heart discussion about those years when EVERYONE was his best friend. He would take guys out to restaurants, on trips, and pay for all of his 鈥渇riends鈥欌 expenses. He told me, 鈥淵osef, none of […]

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GLOOM

GLOOM Parashat Vayetze I鈥檝e been trying to keep to the Segula of R Chaim Palachi for the month of Kislev. If you don鈥檛 complain from Rosh Chodesh Kislev until the 8th day of Chanukah, you are promised to have a miracle happen to you that year. I believe that the reason why the month of […]

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G-D, WHY THE DELAY?

G-D, WHY THE DELAY? Parashat Toldot People don鈥檛 have as hard a time believing in G-d as they do accepting G-d. So many times, people pray and G-d makes the person wait, and then, sometimes, only after a while, G-d gets things moving. Many times, many people have a hard time understanding G-d, and accepting […]

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PREPARED FOR LIFE

聽PREPARED FOR LIFE Parashat Vayera Rav Abahu said, why do we blow a Shofar made of a ram’s horn (on Rosh Hashana)? G-d said, blow Shofar of a ram before Me on Rosh Hashana, so that I will remember the Akeidah of Yitzhak, son of Abraham for you, and I will consider it as if […]

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