The Reality of Torah

The Gemora tells us that “Noach was among those who are small in faith. He believed and he didn’t believe. Only when he felt the waters at his feet did he go into (the ark).” Rabbi Meir Bloch asked: Does this mean to say that Noach, who had been building the ark for the last… Continue reading The Reality of Torah

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The Yetzer Hora, Part 2

Why is it that most people find snakes repellent? As in everything else in the world that HaShem created, there is a reason for this. It is because the snake is the embodiment of materialism for its own sake, which is its misuse. Our loathing for these creatures serves to provide us with an inkling… Continue reading The Yetzer Hora, Part 2

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Sefiras HaOmer: A Lesson in Perfection

The Sforno points out that some of the blemishes that disqualify animals for korbonos are actually beneficial, and are even sometimes inflicted deliberately by their owners to increase size and strength. Since these blemishes enhance the animal’s worth, why do they disqualify it for the altar? The Sforno answers that the main thing in Avodas… Continue reading Sefiras HaOmer: A Lesson in Perfection

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A Hint of Golus

It says in the parsha (Bereishis 45:17) that Pharoh commanded Yosef to prepare wagons for his family and send them to bring his father and the rest of his family to Egypt, where they were to receive the most fertile land. Subsequently, the Torah relates (45:27) that when “Yaakov saw the wagons that Yosef sent,”… Continue reading A Hint of Golus

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Recognizing Problems

When Rebbe Shimon Bar Yochai and his son, Rebbe Eliezer, left their cave for the first time, they were so impatient with the ordinary life of working people that they burned up whatever they saw. A Bas Kol went forth from Heaven and sent them back into the cave for another year. When they came… Continue reading Recognizing Problems

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