Devarim

YOUR OWN NEW TESTAMENT Parashat Ki Tetzeh The Ben Sorer Umoreh is the child we know who went astray from his parents, and went astray from the ways of the Torah. We all know that the word sorer means to go astray. But what does the word moreh mean? Rashi and the Targum explain this […]

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NACHUM’S PRAYER

NACHUM’S PRAYER Parashat Shoftim Nachum Kligman, the Frum Entrepreneur, just put out an amazing book. One of my favorite parts of his book was something he mentioned, by chance, in a story. That before Nachum gets on a plane, he is accustomed to make a prayer. He prays to Hashem that his seat will be […]

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THE ELUL THAT VIBRATED IN MY POCKET

THE ELUL THAT VIBRATED IN MY POCKET Parashat Ki Tavo   week my phone vibrated, and that phone call shook me up to the core. ” Hi. Rabbi Farhi, I need your help. This year’s Elul is all over the place. I am just too busy, lately, helping out at home, and it is nothing […]

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TZEDDAKAH! TZEDAKKAH!

 TZEDDAKAH! TZEDAKKAH! Parashat Ki Tetzeh  is difficult to give, only if you believe that the money you earned was earned by your hard work alone, and not given to you by G-d. Tzeddaka is one of the greatest tests on your core beliefs, measuring how much you believe that G-d is in your life and […]

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YOSSELE THE THIEF

YOSSELE THE THIEF Parashat Shoftim There is an amazing story I told my young daughters at bedtime last week. The Baal Shem Tov, the Father of Chassidut, was a man of miracles. He saw into the future, and through walls. A very holy man. He had a student, Yossele. Yossele, would learn and pray with […]

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THE SANDWICH BAG THIEF

THE SANDWICH BAG THIEF Parashat Ekev businessman’s faith in G-d is constantly being tested. How much do you believe that G-d is in charge of your success, no less than you are? Your faith-o-meter, so to speak, goes up and down, according to a couple of factors. Time. How much of a workaholic are you? […]

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english NITZAVIM 2013

A BAAL TESHUVA FROM CHELM  The Masters of Mussar teach us that Teshuva does not mean to be better. It means to be different. The fellow who discovers that he got on the wrong train cannot just get up and sit in the opposite seat, facing the direction in which he wants to be going. […]

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english – KI TAVO 2013

     I LOVE (THAT) NEW YORK(ER)   I was coaching someone in his office in New York. He said that business has been slow for the last four years. He has not been learning Torah or praying in Minyan for a while. He has six kids and feels like a bad father, and “harmony at […]

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ekev 2013

LESSON FROM THE SUPERMARKET State of mind is something we all know about. But do we realize how much the physical state we are in affects our own state of mind ? For example: The supermarket I shop at in Israel, attempts to build its customer’s trust by advertising outside their big store, “Do not […]

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VAETCHANAN 2013

THE FATHER WHO FELT SOMETHING MISSING   There is an unassuming man that prays on the other end of my bench in shul. He is a quiet fellow, but he prays with fire. He must be about sixty years old and looks somewhat of a loner. He never comes with kids or grandchildren to shul. […]

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