1. Maharal Ner Mitzvah part 7

    Follow along at https://hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=14191&st&pgnum=12 and https://hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=14191&st&pgnum=13  
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  2. Chavrusah with the Rosh Yeshiva: Sanhedrin 76B – Part 5

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  3. Maharal Ner Mitzvah part 6

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  4. Chavrusah with the Rosh Yeshiva: Sanhedrin 76B – Part 4

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  5. Maharal Ner Mitzvah part 5

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  6. Chavrusah with the Rosh Yeshiva – Sanhedrin 76B part 3

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  7. Chavrusah with the Rosh Yeshiva – Sanhedrin 76B part 2

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  8. Maharal Ner Mitzvah part 4

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  9. A Message for Thanksgiving 2022 from the רשב”א (You read correctly)

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  10. Maharal Ner Mitzvah part 3

    The Maharal’s classic work on Chanukah, taught and explained by his direct descendant, The Rosh Yeshiva HaRav Yochanan Bechhofer To follow along inside for this session go to: https://hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=14191&st=&pgnum=9
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  11. Maharal Ner Mitzvah part 2

    The Maharal’s classic work on Chanukah, taught and explained by his direct descendant, The Rosh Yeshiva HaRav Yochanan Bechhofer To follow along inside for this session go to: https://hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=14191&st=&pgnum=8
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  12. XLerate Program: Structure of Torah in historical context part 5: The Eternal Megillas Esther

    Concluding The Discussion on the written Torah with the specialty and eternality of Megillas Esther.
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  13. Chavrusah with the Rosh Yeshiva – Sanhedrin 76B part 1

    A huge opportunity to learn privately with Rav Bechhofer as a Chavrusah! This is not a prepared Shiur, this is to learn a sugya “from scratch” and apprentice Rav Bechhofer in the journey of learning a Gemara for the first time to completing a masterful Shiur Klali
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  14. Maharal Ner Mitzvah part 1

    The Maharal’s classic work on Chanukah, taught and explained by his direct descendant, The Rosh Yeshiva HaRav Yochanan Bechhofer
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  15. XLerate Program: Structure of Torah in historical context part 4: The written Law – Kesuvim

    What are Kesuvim? What is the secret of the eternality of the Book of Esther? Can prophecy or Ruach HaKodesh play any role in Halacha or even in the interpretation of Torah?
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  16. XLerate Program: Structure of Torah in historical context part 3: The Written Torah continued

    Why is Tanach so small if we had over 1,200,000 Prophets? What are the differences between Torah, Nevi’im, and Kesuvim Halachically and philosophically?
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  17. XLerate Program: The Structure of Torah in Historical context part 2 :The written Torah

    Why is our Torah both Written and Oral? What is the unique function of the Written Torah? What are the differences between Torah, Nevi’im, and Kesuvim?
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  18. Seeking The Mitzvah of the Moment – Our Marching Orders Moving Forward

    A Torah response to the final results of the 2022 midterm elections AHEAD OF TONIGHT’S announcement by President Trump (November 15th, 2022)
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  19. XLerate Program: Structure of Torah in historical context part 1: The Seven Noahide Mitzvos

    The Seven Mitzvos incumbent on all mankind and their relationship to “our Torah” and Moshe Rabbeinu.
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  20. Where is the “Red Wave”? A Torah Response to the 2022 Midterm Elections

    Where is the "Red Wave"? A Torah Response to the 2022 Midterm Elections
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  21. Our Do-Over Rosh Hashanna – The Torah of the November 8th, 2022 Mid Term Elections

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  22. Aligning our personal universe with the Cosmos – what we take away from Yom Kippur

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  23. Erev Yom Kippur – preparing for the Great Convergence

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  24. What is the Essence of Teshuva? To Unleash the Full Power of Free Will!

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  25. Reversing Centuries of Understanding in a Scary Rambam

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  26. The Rock of Stability in the Storm – Shabbos Shuva 5783 in wake of Hurricane Ian

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  27. Rosh Hashana – The Alignment of Allegiance

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  28. Teshuva – Reclaiming Our True Selves

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  29. Internalization & Revelation

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  30. Did the Rambam intend for the Mishneh Torah to Replace the Talmud

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  31. The Mind of the Generation – A Tribute to Rav Chaim Kanievsky ZT

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  32. Chanukah – Vessels for Infinite Light

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  33. Naso Behaaloscha shelach – Integration Innovation Conquest

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  34. The Voice of Zachor – a tribute to Rush Limbaugh

    The Voice of Zachor - a tribute to Rush Limbaugh
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  35. Guf & Neshama in Parshas Terumah

    Guf & Neshama in Parshas Terumah
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  36. Guf & Neshama in Parshas Mishpatim

    Guf & Neshama in Parshas Mishpatim
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  37. Shevat – The Power to Harness

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  38. Zos Chanuka – Revealing the Essence

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  39. Chanukah – Lighting up the market

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  40. Tisha B’Av Reader 5780

    Click here to download single sided version Click here to download the double sided version (for double sided printing) CHAPTER 1 Shiva Asar B’Tamuz – The Crack Shiva Asar B’Tamuz, the seventeenth of the month of Tamuz, is the beginning of the mourning period we call “The Three Weeks.” This sad time is also known as “Bein Ha’Meitzarim” – ...
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  41. The Nine Days – The Blessing Behind Chaos

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  42. The Shavuos Reader 5780

    Click here to download single sided version Click here to download the double sided version (for double sided printing) CHAPTER 1 Erev Shavuos: Where the Finite goes Infinite 49 The forty-ninth day of the Omer, Erev Shavuos, is actually more of an impasse than a landmark, as will be discussed. The last day of the Omer must be special. It may ...
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  43. The Sefira Reader part 2 5780

    Click here to download single sided version Click here to download the double sided version (for double sided printing) Introduction During the 7 weeks of the Sefira we are counting and adding up figures. We don’t say today is the 5th day of the Omer but rather  “today are 5 days of the Omer”.  When we reach “weeks” ...
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  44. The Sefira Reader 5780

    Click here to download single sided version Click here to download the double sided version (for double sided printing) Chapter 1 Sfiras HaOmer – Preparing the World for Torah Beginning with the second night of Pesach we count forty-nine days until Shavuos. This Torah commandment is known as the mitzvah of Sfiras HaOmer. We will begin our discussion with ...
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  45. The Pesach Reader 5780

    Click here to download single sided version Click here to download the double sided version (for double sided printing) Author’s Introduction As I am writing this, I cannot help but draw a parallel between our situation today and the very first night of Pesach in our history.  Like the Jews back then who had to stay confined within ...
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  46. Reflections from Quarantine

    Words of insight inspiration & Chizuk  
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  47. Ki-sisa/Parshas Parah – Seeking Sterile Purity

    Reflections on Ki-sisa and parshas Parah against the backdrop of the post Purim pandemic
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  48. Understanding Shushan Purim

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  49. Chumash & Yom Kippur vs Megillah & Purim

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  50. Circling the Square – Making Sense Out of Life, Purim Style

      Delivered by 7th of Adar seuda to the chevra kadisha of Cincinnati If you’re viewing this on a portable device, such as a phone, and are having difficulty playing the shiur, then try the below YouTube version.  
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  51. Purim – Where is Amalek now?

      Delivered in the Cincinnati community KOLLEL If you’re viewing this on a portable device, such as a phone, and are having difficulty playing the shiur, then try the below YouTube version.  
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  52. Purim: Amalek Psychology

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  53. Parsha sheet: Mishpatim/Shekalim – The Wheel of Life & Fortune

    Click here to download PDF Reincarnation The Zohar uses parshas Mishpatim and its monetary laws as a vehicle for its main discourse about ‘gilgulim’—reincarnations. All the commentators struggle to find a common denominator between these extremely disparate concepts. What is the connection between monetary law and all our civil affairs and reincarnation? Justice vs Equality In a non-leap year, ...
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  54. Aruch HaShulchan Orach Chaim Hilchos Shabbos – The laws of Shabbos

    Using this Classic work on Jewish law to learn the Laws of Shabbos which every Jew must know and required for the Rabbinical ordinations of Smichas Chaver and Yoreh Yoreh #Shabbat #semichaschaver #semicha #Ravumanhig #chaver #Shabbos #ordination  
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  55. Aruch HaShulchan Yoreh Deah Hilchos Basar B’cholov – the laws of prohibition of mixing milk and meat

    Using this classic Halachik work to learn the laws of Kosher every Jew must know and required for “Semicha” – Rabbinical ordination of “Yoreh Yoreh” #semicha #ordination #kashrut #becomearabbi #yorehdeah #kosher  
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  56. Ramchal Derech Hashem – Luzzatto Way of God 1

    Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto’s book of principles of Creation, Divine providence, and Divine service. #Luzzatto #philosophy #Kabbalah #faith #reason #Judaism #Torah #Hashkafa #machshava  
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  57. Rav Yehuda HaLevi’s Kuzari 1

    Rabbi Yehuda HaLevi’s monumental defense of Judaism against Greek Philosophy Christianity and Islam set in historical context of the conversion of the King of the Khazars to Judaism #Kuzari #Khazar #Khazars #Philosophy #Faith #Judahhalevi #Judaism #Torah #hashkafa #machshava  
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  58. Response to recent antisemitic attacks

    Response to recent antisemitic attacks
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  59. Rambam Moreh Nevuchim – Maimonides Guide to the perplexed 1

    The Rambam’s (Maiminides’) classic work to resolve Religion and Reason #Maimonides #Rambam #Guide #Faith #Reason #Philosophy #Judaism #Torah #hashkafa #machshava  
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  60. Zos Chanukah Maamar – The Hidden Unity

    Understanding the special meaning of the 8th day of Chanukah and the burning of the leftover oil wicks in one bonfire #machshava #Kabbalah #philosophy #hanukkah #zoschanukah #unity #faith #religion #cosmology #maamar  
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  61. MIshna Maseches Brachos chapter one with commentary of the Rambam

    Going through Mishna with the Pirush HaMishnayos of the Rambam #Mishna #Maimonides #Brachot #masechet #Talmud #shas
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  62. Chanukah wars 2019 – the edge the new and the unification

    A Maamar covering Parshas Miketz, Shabbos, Rosh Chodesh Teves, & Zos Chanukah #religion #faith #Chanukah #Shabbos #Rosh Chodesh  
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  63. Chanukah wars 2019 – War of the Words

    Our Oral Law vs the narrative of academia & media
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  64. Chanukah 2019 – Personal Experiences of Divine Providence

    Chanukah 2019 - Personal Experiences of Divine Providence
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  65. Chanukah Wars 2019 – Taking the HOUSE back

    Chanukah Wars 2019 - Taking the HOUSE back
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  66. Chanukah wars 2019 – The fight for family values

    Chanukah wars 2019 - The fight for family values
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  67. Chanukah gelt & the Dreidel – the metaphysics of Capitalism

    Chanukah gelt & the Dreidel - the metaphysics of Capitalism
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  68. Intro to Chanukah 2019

    Intro to Chanukah 2019
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  69. Parsha sheet: Vayetzeh – One way Universality

    Click here to download PDF What’s Lavan doing in the Haggada? In the Hagaddah of Pesach we quote the Pasuk, “Arami Oved Avi vayered Mitzrayma” (Devarim 26:5) which the Baal HaHagaddah explains that Lavan was even worse than Pharaoh. Pharaoh only decreed the extermination of the Jewish males and Lavan wanted to “uproot” the whole .Why ...
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  70. Chayei Sara – Full Years

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  71. Vayera – Future Laugh

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  72. Lech Lecha: Avrohom Avinu: Chessed From Emunah

     
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  73. Parsha sheet: Noach – Exploiting Unity

    Click here to download PDF On the Ruins of the flood “And the whole earth was one language and singular/uniform terms. When they traveled from the east they found a valley in the land of Shinar and they settled there”(11:1-2). Why is it necessary to stress that there was only one language? First of all, that is ...
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  74. Noach – Climate Change

     
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  75. Bereishis – Rebuild & Rebirth

    עילוי נשמת אמי מורתי שולמית בת הרב דב יהודה ז”ל If you’re viewing this on a portable device, such as a phone, and are having difficulty playing the shiur, then try the below YouTube version.  
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  76. Parsha sheet: Bereishis – Mother of Invention

    Click here to download PDF A Tribute to my Mother Z”L on the occasion of her first Yahrtzeit Twenty Generations of Anger “There were ten generations from Adam until Noah to make us aware how much patience Hashem has as all these generations angered him constantly until (after waiting ten generations) He brought upon them the Waters of ...
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  77. Bereishis – Reflections

    Marking the first Yahrtzeit of HaRav Yochanan Bechhofer’s Mother Z”L  
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  78. Succos/Simcha Beis Hashoeva – Face to Face

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  79. The Succos Reader 5780

    Click here to download PDF (for single sided printers) Click here to download PDF (double sided) Between Yom Kippur & Succos Forgiven in Thirds To understand the special energy of these days between Yom Kippur and Succos: The midrash Rabbah in parshas Emor (30:7) on the Pasuk “And you will take for Yourselves on the first day a fruit ...
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  80. The Yom Kippur Reader 5780

    Click here to download PDF (for single sided printers) Click here to download PDF (for double sided printers) ערב יום כיפור General Introduction to Yom Kippur The essence of Yom Kippur is that Hashem created for the Jewish people one day that Teshuva is easily accepted. On this day the sins are easily “erased”, which includes to fix all ...
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  81. Parsha sheet: Shabbos Shuva – The Point of Return

    Click here to download PDF Shabbos & Teshuva To understand the source for Shabbos Shuva, how it is a fundamental landmark in the Aseres Yemei Teshuva, and how it is what empowers Yom Kippur:  The Midrash (Bereishis Rabba 22:28) says that after years had passed, Adam Harishon met up with his son, Kayin.  Adam asked Kayin what ...
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  82. Rosh Hashana – Inner Workings

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  83. The Rosh Hashana Reader 5780

    Click here to download PDF (for single sided printers) Click here to download PDF (for double sided printers) FIRST NIGHT OF ROSH HASHANA מעריב The ספר החיים Book of the Living The judgment on Rosh HaShanah is multi-leveled.  First and foremost, we are judged on whether we are    צדיקים– righteous, orרשעים -wicked. To be declared a Tzaddik is ...
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  84. Parsha sheet: Ki Savo – The Alignment

    Click here to download PDF Eyes for Today? “On this day Hashem your Lord commands you to do all these statutes….” (26:16) Rashi brings from Chazal “this day means that it should be in your eyes as if today you were commanded in these Mitzvos”. This peculiar command to seemingly pretend that we were freshly commanded in ...
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  85. Ki Savo/Selichos – New Beginnings

     
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  86. Parsha sheet: Ki Setzei – Mind Measures

    Click here to download PDF Faulty Weights & Amalek In this week’s Parsha, we have the obligation to maintain only accurate weights and measures and the prohibition to produce or to have inaccurate weights and measures even if they will not be used for commerce (25:13-16). Immediately following these Mitzvos regarding weights and measures, we have the ...
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  87. Parsha sheet: Shoftim – Law & Life Surge

    Click here to download PDF City Court The Parsha opens with the Mitzvah to set up Batei Dinim in all the tribes and all the major cities.  It is interesting to note that this strict halacha of a Beis Din in every major city is strictly in the land of Israel.  Whereas, in the Diaspora the obligation ...
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  88. Parsha sheet: Re’eh/Rosh Chodesh Elul – Matching Wills

    Click here to download PDF Special edition marking the conclusion of Kaddish for my Mother Z” L Meat In this week’s Parsha we learn about a drastic change in our personal lives that will go into effect in the land of Israel. In the desert, the kosher animals that can be brought as a “korban Shelamim” had to ...
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  89. Parshas Re’eh: Visual Perspective

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  90. Parsha sheet: Eikev – Thought for Food

    Click here to download PDF Affliction & Hunger?!? “And He afflicted you and He starved you and He fed you the “Mann” that you did not know and was unknown to your forefathers in order to make you know that not on bread alone lives the man but rather on what comes out of the mouth of ...
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  91. Parsha sheet: Ve’eschanan-Nachamu-Tu B’Av – Unity Shining Through

    Click here to download PDF How do you add up inactions? “Do not kill” and Do not commit adultery and Do not steal and Do not bear false witness against your neighbor and Do not covet the wife of your neighbor and Do not desire the house of your neighbor, his field and his slave and his ...
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  92. Seeking Our Inner Beis HaMikdash

    Understanding how Churban HaBayis is just as big of a tragedy for the individual as it is for the nation Given at Rabbi Horowitz’s Shul 200 Broadway Lawrence, NY If you’re viewing this on a portable device, such as a phone, and are having difficulty playing the shiur, then try the below YouTube version.
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  93. Parsha sheet: Devarim/Chazaon – Tisha B’Av: Severance Pay

    Click here to download PDF Moshe Yishayahu Yirmiyahu “Eicha” – How can I carry by myself your contentiousness, your burdens and your quarrels” (1:12).  This Pasuk is traditionally read with an ‘Eicha tune’ as it is always read before Tisha B’Av. Is there an inherent connection?  The Midrash Rabba on Eicha says as follows: “Three prophesized using ...
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  94. Devarim/Tisha B’Av – Shabbos: The Portal to Geula

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  95. Grafting Knowledge to Faith – The Yahrtzeit of the Ari HaKadosh zy”a

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  96. Parsha sheet: Masei – Picking up the Pieces

    Click here to download PDF The Exile – Israel sandwich Parshas Masei is always one of the Parshas we read during the three weeks. It has clear allusions to “Golus”- exile which is the sad state that we actively mourn during this time. It contains the laws of the unintentional murderer who himself must go into exile. ...
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  97. Make Am Yisroel Great Again – Address on the occasion of the Arizal’s 445th Yahrtzeit

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  98. Parsha sheet: Pinchas – Beyond Point of Convergence

    Click here to download PDF Why Delay the inevitable? At the end of this week’s Parsha, we have the Korbanos for “Atzeres”. Rashi brings from the Chazal that “Atzeres” is from the word “atzor”- stop;  That Hashem is telling the Jewish people “after the joyous days of Succos, it is hard for Me to bear your separation, ...
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  99. Pinchas – Reverse Flow of Command

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  100. Parsha sheet: Balak/Shiva Asar B’Tammuz – The mouths of creation

    Click here to download PDF Special expanded edition marking 20th Yahrzeit of my Rebbe, Maran HaGaon HaRav Shmuel Yaakov Weinberg, ZT”L, the Rosh Yeshiva of Ner Yisroel The Three Mouths In this week’s Parsha, we have the account of Bilaam’s donkey speaking, besting him in an argument, and causing him humiliation. The Mishna says in Avos (5:9) that “Pi ha’ason”-the ...
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  101. Balak – Donkeys of Destiny

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  102. Chukas – Morality and Faith

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  103. Parsha sheet: Chukas – Frustration & Faith

    Click here to download PDF Who cares about a Rock’s parnassah? In this week’s Parsha we have the incident of Moshe hitting the rock as opposed to speaking to it. This is what sealed his fate that he would not take the Jewish people into the land of Israel. Hashem says ”because you did not believe ...
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  104. Parsha sheet: Korach – Squaring the Equality Circle

    Click here to download PDF Mezuzah & Tzitzis Korach wages a revolution against Moshe. The “cause” is “equality”. His claim is that the whole nation heard at Sinai Hashem speak and reveal himself onto the whole nation as Hashem’s nation and therefore no Jew should be considered “holier” than his fellow Jew. Strangely enough, to advance his ...
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  105. Parsha sheet: Shelach – Making the News

    Click here to download PDF The crime and the Penalty In  this week’s Parsha, we have the sad story of the spies that slandered the land of Israel. Chazal tell us that this laid the precedent for Tisha b’Av being a day when calamities happen, most particularly the destructions of the two Temples. Hashem  says: “you cried ...
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  106. Shelach – The Necessity of conquest

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  107. Parsha sheet: B’Haaloscha – The Menorah Paradox

    Click here to download PDF Self-made Menorah? In the third Midrash Rabba of this week’s Parsha, it says, “You find that Moshe found difficulty in making the Menorah more than any other vessels in the Mishkan, to the point that Hashem had to project an image for him….. as the Pasuk says in this week’s Parsha (8:4): ...
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  108. Beha’alosecha – The Menorah Paradox

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  109. B’haaloscha – Owning the Torah

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  110. Parsha sheet: Naso – Our National ‘Chuppa’

    Click here to download PDF Where do we go from here? After the uplifting days of Shavuos, which commemorate the greatest event in history of unmitigated Divine revelation, one has to wonder where do we go from here? How can there be any moving forward or growth after having the greatest experience possible? Ironically, upon the place ...
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  111. Parsha sheet: Bamidbar-Shavuos: Borderless Space

    Click here to download PDF Parshas Bamidbar & Shavuos It is interesting to note that Shavuos always comes out after we read Parshas Bamidbar. This arrangement is ancient and is brought down in the Rambam’s Hilchos Tefillah. It corresponds with the historical event itself.  We always read Parshas Bamidbar within the first week of the month of ...
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  112. Omer/Rosh chodesh Sivan/Pre-Shavuos: The Never Ending Journey

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  113. Parsha sheet: Bechukosai – The Connecting Column: A Tribute to the Ramchal

    Click here to download PDF Wrong Place & Reverse Order “And I will remember my covenant with Yaakov and also my covenant with Yitzchak and also my covenant with Avraham and the land (of Israel) I will remember” (26:42). Why not simply write:… and the covenant of Yitzchak and the Covenant of Avraham? Why the two extra ...
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  114. Sefiras HaOmer – Individualism and Integration

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  115. Lag B’Omer – Maamar recording on the way to Miron

    If you’re viewing this on a portable device, such as a phone, and are having difficulty playing the shiur, then try the below YouTube version. My dearest friends, Last night I was in Miron and I had access to the inner cave that’s behind the kitchen area which is the closest you can get to where Rav ...
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  116. Parsha sheet: Behar – The Light

    Click here to download PDF Shmitta & Sinai This week’s Parsha opens with the laws of Shmitta which were said at Har Sinai. Rashi brings the Chazal that says, just like Shmitta was taught in detail at Sinai so also all the Mitzvos were given in detail at Sinai. Why was Shmitta chosen to be the prime ...
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  117. Parsha sheet: Emor – Close & Over The Wall

    Click here to download PDF Purity for all Kohanim Parshas Emor opens up with the special Halachos pertaining to Ahron and his children.  There are the laws of criteria to be fit to do “Avoda” and then there are the laws that are universal to all Kohanim, like the opening Halacha that the Kohanim must avoid contact ...
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  118. Emor – Going From Left to Right

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  119. Parsha sheet: Kedoshim – Rebbe Akiva’s Legacy

    Click here to download PDF Rebbe Akiva vs Hillel “And you should love your friend like yourself” Rashi brings from the Toras Kohanim the famous statement of Rebbe Akiva: “This is a ‘KLAL GADOL’– great inclusive principle in Torah”.  What does this mean? If he means to say that this encases the entirety of Torah, then what ...
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  120. Parsha sheet: Acharei Mos – Whittling down to the Essence

    Click here to download PDF Rashi argues on the Gemara?!? “And You will keep My statutes and my laws that the man will do and live by them….” Rashi says, on the words “And live by them” in Olam Haba for if you say it is Olam Hazeh, he will at the end die. Rashi ...
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  121. Pesach – Freedom for All

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  122. First Day of Pesach vs the 7th Day – Going from Separation to Integration

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  123. Nirtzah: Chad Gadya – The Destiny Codes

    Click here to download PDF What is Nirtzah about? The final phase of the Seder is called “Nirtzah” and it’s a very difficult phase to understand. The Seder per se has finished with the mitzvah of Hallel and we already officially closed the Seder with “Chasal Sidur Pesach”. Then comes another phase called “Nirtzah”- desired. The meforshim ...
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  124. Parsha sheet: Metzora/Shabbos HaGadol – Resolving the Shabbos Pesach Paradox

    Click here to download PDF Who goes to who? “These are the laws of the Metzora on the day of his purification and he should be brought before the Kohen. And the Kohen will come out to him outside of the camp….” There’s an obvious contradiction here that is discussed by the commentaries: Who goes to ...
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  125. Parsha sheet: Tazriah/HaChodesh – Progress

    Click here to download PDF The Obvious The Tangent & The Mystery “When a woman will conceive and give birth to a male she will be ‘impure’ for seven days and on the eighth day he shall be circumcised….. and 33 days she’ll have blood of purity….etc.” There are a few questions that arise in these Pesukim. First ...
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  126. Parsha sheet: Shemini/Parah – Breakthrough or Break down

    Click here to download PDF Why 8? “And it was the eighth day…” why is this the eighth day? What is its connection to the seven days prior? During  the seven days of the “Miluim” Moshe Rabbeinu served as the Kohen Gadol in a “white garment with no hem” and the Mishkan was taken apart at the ...
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  127. Adar: Catch the Fish, The Adar power of Double – A Message for Singles

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  128. Parsha sheet: Vayikra/Zachor – Get Real!

    Click here to download PDF Who called? “And He called to Moshe and Hashem spoke to him from the Ohel Moed…” seemingly it should have read: And Hashem called to Moshe and He spoke to him from Ohel Moed!  Hashem should have been mentioned at the beginning of the sentence, as He’s doing the calling.  Why is ...
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  129. The Purim Equinox – The special significance of Purim in general and especially in a leap year

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  130. Parsha sheet: Pikudei – Overflowing Heart

    Click here to download PDF Contradiction in Rashi The Gemara (Yevamos 72A) explains that the reason the Jewish people did not do Bris Milah in all the years that they were in the desert is because they did not have a northern wind, because they were in disgrace. Rashi explains that they were in disgrace because of ...
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  131. Parsha sheet: Vayakheil/Shekalim – The Inverse Perspective

    Click here to download PDF The Mirrors & the Memories In this week’s Parsha (38:8) “and he made the “Kiyor” and it’s base out of copper from the mirrors…” Rashi bring the Chazal that Moshe did not want to take these mirrors which the women used to beautify themselves because they are made for the purpose of ...
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  132. Parsha sheet: Ki-Sisa – Breaking Light into Sound

    Click here to download PDF Luchos and Jewish eyes?!? In this week’s Parsha we have the tragedy of the breaking in of the Luchos in response to our sin of the golden calf. It’s one of the reasons we fast on the 17th of Tammuz, however, there is strange flipside to this setback. First of all, Moshe ...
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  133. Purim Katan – Emunah & Simcha

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  134. Parsha sheet: Titzaveh – Inching towards Actuality

    Click here to download PDF Shovavim – Tat As is well-known, these weeks of Shemos, Vaeira, Bo, Beshalach, Yisro, and Mishpatim have a special quality of Teshuva being readily accepted, particularly the “known sin” of “waste”. For that reason, some communities in Eretz Yisrael run refresher courses in the laws of family purity. There is a dilemma ...
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  135. Parsha sheet: Teruma – To Serve and to Dwell

    Click here to download PDF Contradiction in Rambam In this week’s Parsha we have the directive to build the Mishkan and subsequently the Beis HaMikdash as the Pasuk says (25:8) “and they will make for me a “Mikdash”-sanctuary and I will dwell within them”. The Rambam brings this Pasuk as the eternal source for the command to ...
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  136. Parsha sheet: Mishpatim – The Inside Track

    Click here to download PDF Mishpatim & Mizbe’ach After the command not to ascend by stairs to the Mizbe’ach at the end of last week’s parsha, we are commanded to bring our civil and monetary disputes before the Jewish Dayanim ONLY. From the juxtaposition of these commands we learn that we are commanded to put the Grand ...
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  137. Parsha sheet: Yisro – Sensory Crossover

    Click here to download PDF Sponsored in Honor of the upcoming Marriage of Miriam Wilamowsky to Binyomin Zonenshayn בשעטו״מ שהזיווג יעלה יפה בבנין עדי עד Seeing Sound Hearing Sights “And the whole nation saw the sounds”(20:14) Rashi brings the Chazal that this is to be read literally they saw sound and they heard sight! There was an amazing sensory ...
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  138. The Mystical Meaning of Tu B’Sshvat

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  139. Parsha sheet: Beshalach – Cosmic Applause

    Click here to download PDF Two Hands Towards  the conclusion of ‘Shiras HaYam’ (15:17-18) it says: “You shall bring them and implant them on the mountain of the heritage the place for your dwelling that You made Hashem, the Mikdash, Hashem, is constructed by Your ‘Hands’. Hashem will reign forever.” What is it about the Beis HaMikdash ...
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  140. Parsha sheet: Bo – Breakout

    Click here to download PDF Pre-planned Rush?!? In the Haggadah we say that we eat Matzah to commemorate  that Bnei Yisroel’s dough didn’t have time to rise prior to Hashem revealing Himself to them and redeemed them as the pasuk says: “they baked the dough they took out of Egypt as matza….for they were chased out of ...
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  141. Parsha sheet: Vaeirah – From Prophet to King

    Click here to download PDF Didn’t we Talk about this? In this week’s Parsha Moshe seemingly raises a concern that he raised already,  and the answer is the same as it was. He raises the concern of being inarticulate, worried that Pharoh will not listen to him. He raises  this twice in this week’s Parsha.  First “….the ...
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  142. Parsha sheet:Shemos – Creating Containment

    Click here to download PDF They are rewarded for “Fear”?!? “And The midwives feared Hashem and they did not do as told to them by the king of mitzrayim and they allowed the boys to live”(1:17)…”And because the midwives feared Hashem He made for them houses” (1:21). What’s fear have to do with it? If they did  ...
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  143. Parsha sheet: Vayechi – State of Mind

    Click here to download PDF How did Golus start? This week’s Parsha starts without any break separating it from last week’s Parsha. therefore, it’s called a “Parsha Setuma”- a blocked Parsha as there isn’t that traditional space between the Parshas. Rashi addresses the issue and says: “why is this Parsha “Setuma”- blocked? Because Yaakov Avinu passed away ...
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  144. Parsha sheet: Vayigash – Kings & Kingdom

    Click here to download PDF Why frame Binyomin? In course of the end of last week’s Parsha and the beginning of this week’s Parsha We find that Yosef framed his beloved brother Binyomin with the crime of having stolen his goblet. Why frame Binyomin, his full brother, that he loves so much? One would have thought that ...
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  145. Miketz/Chanuka – Legs & Light

    Click here to download PDF Special expanded edition for Shabbos – Chanukah Spies! Now and forever Yosef frames his brothers as being spies. Perhaps that was easiest crime to frame them for, given the circumstances. But is that all there is to it? The ‘Baal HaTurim’ writes something fascinating. ”… and he told them you are spies….” explains ...
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  146. Chanukah – Vessels for the Light

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  147. Chanukah – Light up the Legs

    Delivered at a Lunch Mesiba at Chosen Island courtesy of the Kutner Brothers If you’re viewing this on a portable device, such as a phone, and are having difficulty playing the shiur, then try the below YouTube version.  
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  148. Chanukah – Reason Faith & Creativity

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  149. Parsha sheet: Vayeshev – Infowars

    Click here to download PDF He was worried about a Traffic Jam?!? “And Yaakov dwelled…” Rashi brings a Midrash: “This flax dealer came in to town with all his camels laden with flax. The blacksmith wonders where will all this flax will fit. A wise man answered him: ‘one spark comes out from your bellows that ...
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  150. Parsha sheet: Vayishlach – Multi Dimensional Engagement

    Click here to download PDF Eisov makes Drashos?!? Like any good diplomat, Yaakov has a double message for Eisov, a conciliatory even submissive message and a tough one. He says with Lavan “Garti”– I resided. Rashi explains “Garti”- “I resided as a stranger and I was not made nobility or important. It’s not worth your while to ...
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  151. Parsha sheet: Vayetze – Enter the Center

    Click here to download PDF Only Yaakov leaves an impression? In the beginning of this week’s Parsha Rashi comments on what the Pasuk says: “Yaakov exited Be’er Sheva and went to Charan”: “It would have been enough to just say he went to Charan, why did have to mention his exit? this comes to teach ...
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  152. Parsha sheet: Toldos – Yaakov & Eisov: Adam’s Two Forms

    Click here to download PDF Special expanded edition marking the conclusion of Sheloshim for my mother Z”l לע״נ אמי מורתי שולמית בת הרב דב יהודה ז״ל Why didn’t Yitzchak see thru Eisov? Yitzchak had a special affinity for Eisov and had fully intended to give him the special “Brachos” that Yaakov had to get seemingly by trickery. This is ...
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  153. Parsha sheet: Chayei Sarah – Beauty of the Leaves

    Click here to download PDF לע״נ קדושי פיטסברג הי״ד לע״נ אמי מורתי שולמית בת הרב דב יהודה ז״ל Repetition is Beautiful?!? The longest topic in this week’s Parsha is the story of Eliezer going to find Rivka for you Yitzchak. What makes it much larger than any other topic is because Eliezer repeats the whole story play by ...
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  154. What I Learned From the Pittsburgh Massacre

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  155. A Response to the Pittsburgh Massacre

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  156. Parsha sheet: Vayeira – Justice, Son of Kindness

    Click here to download PDF לע״נ אמי מורתי שולמית בת הרב דוב יהודה ז״ל Why Dayanim? Why sitting? At the beginning of the parsha Avraham Avinu is recovering from Bris Milah and nonetheless sitting at the opening of the tent in the heat of the day, hoping to invite in guests, when Hashem appears to him. Rashi on ...
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  157. Parsha sheet: Lech Lecha – The Stabilizer & The Revolutionary

    Click here to download PDF לע״נ אמי מורתי האשה החשובה שולמית בת הרב דוב יהודה ע״ה Bnei Noach Chazal refer to all good non-Jews as Bnei Noach, while evil goyim are tagged as ovdei cochavim u’mazalot, idol worshippers. This might seem strange seeing as how all of mankind, both Jew and gentile alike, are the descendants  of Noach. ...
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  158. Reflections Upon the Passing of My Mother

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  159. Parsha sheet: Bereishis – The conquest and the Mirror

    Click here to download PDF הדברי תורה בעלון זה מוקדשים לזכות אמי מורתי מרת שולמית בת הרב דב יהודה והרבנית שרה סאשא Bereishis – For the Land of Israel? The first Rashi in the Parsha says as follows: “Rabbi Yitzchak said the Torah did not have to start from any other place than “This month is for you ...
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  160. Parsha sheet: Shabbos/Succos – BUILD THE WALL!

    Click here to download PDF Getting support for the Wall On Shabbos of Succos we have an interesting Halacha of “Migu d’havei dofen linyan Shabbos havei dofen linyan Succah –  Migu d’havei dofen linyan Succah havei dofen linyan Shabbos” -although the criteria for a valid “wall” to make it a “Reshus HaYachid”-private domain where one can carry ...
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  161. Lulav & Succah – in grasp and over the head

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  162. Parsha sheet: Haazinu-Succos-Hoshana Rabba-Simchas Torah – The Story of Life

    Click here to download PDF Haazinu – the essence of a sefer Torah The Rambam states (Hilchos sefer Torah 7:1) that the essence of the obligation to write a sefer Torah is actually to write the Parsha of Haazinu but since the Torah is not to be written in a separate parshas therefore we must write the ...
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  163. Yom Kippur – Equalization

    The Avodah of Aseres Yemei Teshuva and Yom Kippur in general and in a leap year in particular. Dedicated to the Refuah shleima of Shulamis bas Sara Sosha. If you’re viewing this on a portable device, such as a phone, and are having difficulty playing the shiur, then try the below YouTube version.  
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  164. Parsha sheet: Vayelech/Shabbos Shuva – Rebirth

    Click here to download PDF Moshe’s Birthday & Lifespan This week’s Parsha opens up with the day of death of Moshe. He stresses that he completed a hundred twenty years and hence is dying on his birthday. There is great significance to the fact that he is both a hundred twenty years old and dying on his ...
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  165. Parsha sheet: Nitzavim/Rosh Hashanah – Solid support from Middas HaDin

    Click here to download PDF Nitzavim & Rosh Hashanah Parshas Nitzavim is always the parsha we read right before Rosh Hashanah, therefore there must be some message Rosh Hashanah in it. Rashi (29:12) Re-works the pesukim based on the midrash and says that the reason why Parshas Nitzavim is right after reading all the curses in partial ...
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  166. Nitzavim/Rosh Hashanah – Attaining Stability in the Face of Change

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  167. Parsha sheet: Ki-Savo – Who’s on First?

    Click here to download PDF That’s why we Daven 3 times a day?!? This week’s Parsha opens up with the Mitzva of “Bikurim” – bringing the first of all the seven species that the land of Israel is praised for. impartial say Cove. The Midrash Tanchuma says that Moshe Foresaw with Ruach HaKodesh that the Beis HaMikdash ...
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  168. Ki Savo – Roots & Reishis

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  169. Parsha sheet: Ki-Setzei – Conquering the Twilight Zone

    Click here to download PDF Giving in to the “Yetzer”? This week’s Parsha opens up with the laws of “Yefas To’ar” – the beautiful captive woman that the Jewish Soldier wants to take. This is one of the laws that are hardest to understand philosophically. Rashi (21:11) says: “The Torah did not issue these laws [for any ...
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  170. Ki Teitzei: Amalek – Blurring the Terms

    This class is dedicated for the refuah of Sara Sheni Bas Tama Devora. Click here to dedicate a shiur. http://evenshesiya.com/Amalek-Blurring_the_Terms.mp3 If you’re viewing this on a portable device, such as a phone, and are having difficulty playing the shiur, then try the below YouTube version.  
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  171. Parsha sheet: Shoftim – “Deep State”

    Click here to download PDF Our system of Justice and Government Parshas Shoftim is generally the first Parsha in Elul (with the exception of years like this one when Shabbos Parshas Re’eh  is itself Rosh chodesh Elul) and therefore there must be a connection and message for Elul. The topics of this week’s Parsha include our entire ...
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  172. Parsha sheet: Re’eh – Seeing & Internalizing

    Click here to download PDF לע״נ האשה החשובה מרת יענטא בת ר׳ שלמה ז״ל לרפואת ר׳ שלום יהודה בן גנעשא שליט״א בתשח״י Where are the Blessings? The parsha opens (11:26) “See (singular) I place before you (plural) today blessing and curse.” After mentioning that the blessing is for obeying Hashem and the curse if for violating His Will and ...
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  173. Parsha sheet: Eikev – The Endgame

    Click here to download PDF What’s “Eikev”? “And ‘Eikev’-because you will listen….” the Midrash Rabbah says repeatedly that ‘Eikev’ is to be understood as at the ‘end’ – meaning to say at the end of time we will get the reward for listening to Hashem. Why is olam habah referred to as the ‘heel’- end? Rashi takes ...
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  174. Parsha sheet: Vaeschanan/Nachamu – Secret of “Kefel”

    Click here to download PDF Vaeschanan & Nachamu As we mentioned last week, Parshas Vaeschanan is always “Shabbos Nachamu”. The Rambam in the laws of tefillah specifically states that our custom is to align the “parshas hashavua” so that Vaeschanan comes out after Tisha b’Av,  therefore there must be a connection between the two. what is it? What’s ...
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  175. Tisha B’Av – THE CAUSE of the Shidduch crisis!!

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  176. Tisha B’Av – Reflections on the Churban

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  177. Parsha sheet: Devarim/Chazon – Where Mishnah started

    Click here to download PDF Why before Tisha b’Av? Parshas Devarim is always the parsha  we read before Tisha b’Av. This is already mentioned in the Rambam’s laws of Tefillah (13:2 – the emphasis there is to read V’eschanan after Tisha b’Av which we will discuss next week). If this has been the custom for so long ...
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  178. Back to One: Yahrtzeit of the Arizal 5778

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  179. Massei – On The Move in One Place

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  180. Matos – Coping with Exceptions

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  181. Parsha sheet: Matos/Massei – Coping with Exceptions

    Click here to download PDF Where is the allusion to the 3 weeks? The parshas of Matos – Massei always come out during the three weeks. The allusions to “Golus”-exile in Massei are quite apparent. The travels of the Jews in the desert laid “groundwork” for travels Jews would have to do in the future. Massei also ...
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  182. Parsha sheet: Pinchas – Passion & Initiative

    Click here to download PDF Divine Name in Reverse? After Pinchas was awarded with being a Kohen there is a census of the Jewish people, but this time all the families are mentioned by name before giving the final number of the tribe. The families are mentioned with a prefix and a suffix. the prefix is the ...
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  183. Parsha sheet: Balak – The Deception of Appearance

    Click here to download PDF Special expanded edition marking the 19th Yahrtzeit of my Rebbe Maran Hagaon HaRav Yaakov Wienberg ZT”L Rosh Yeshivas Ner Yisroel לע״נ הגאון מוהר״ר שמואל יעקב ב״ר יצחק מתתיהו זצוקלה״ה Isn’t the difference obvious? The Mishna in Avos (5:25) states: “Anyone who has these three things is a disciple of Avraham Avinu and [if he ...
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  184. Chukas – From Theory to Reality

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  185. Parsha sheet: Korach – Glorious Diversity

    Click here to download PDF Eternal Dispute? In this week’s Parsha we have the dispute between Korach and Moshe. The Mishnah in Avos (5:17) says: “Any dispute that is for the sake of the Name of Heaven will endure and any dispute that is not for the say for the sake of the Name of Heaven will ...
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  186. Sheva Brachot Drash (In Hebrew)

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  187. Parsha sheet: Shelach – Moshe’s Gamble

    Click here to download PDF Special expanded edition in Honor of the Shabbos Sheva Brachos of Menachem Yisroel & Bracha Golda Bechhofer. The Risk In this week’s Parsha Moshe sends the spies to check out the land of Israel.  Rashi stresses: “Hashem told Moshe send for yourself i.e. by your own judgment (literally “L’Daascha” – by your own ...
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  188. Parsha sheet: Bhaaloscha – Raising Light

    Click here to download PDF What’s special about the Menorah At the opening of this week’s Parsha Ahron HaKohen is granted the Mitzvah of the Menorah. Rashi brings the Chazal that notes that this comes on the heels of the inauguration of the Mishkan. Ahron felt sad that neither he nor his tribe of Levi participated ...
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  189. Bhaaloscha – The Blind Creator

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  190. Parsha sheet: Naso – Owning the “Tzelem”

    Click here to download PDF The gifts of the Nesi’im In this week’s Parsha we have the ceremony of the inauguration of the Mishkan. Each one of the ‘Nesi’im’ brought gift offerings on behalf his tribe on his designated day. All brought the same set of gifts: a bowl of silver weighing 130 and a basin of ...
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  191. Parsha sheet: Bamidbar – From Quantity to Infinity

    Click here to download PDF To Count is to Love? Sefer Bamidbar is known as “Chumash HaPikudim” – The Book of Numbers because it has in it the census of the Jewish people. In the opening of this week’s parsha Moshe is commanded to conduct a census. Rashi (1:1) explains: “because of Hashem’s love for the ...
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  192. Shavuos – Making the infinite jump from 49 to 50

    Delivered at pre-Shavuos program in congregation Ohr Torah in Silver springs Maryland. If you’re viewing this on a portable device, such as a phone, and are having difficulty playing the shiur, then try the below YouTube version.  
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  193. Shavuos – Claiming What is Really Ours

    Delivered at pre-Shavuos  program at congregation Ohr Torah  Silver Springs Maryland If you’re viewing this on a portable device, such as a phone, and are having difficulty playing the shiur, then try the below YouTube version.  
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  194. Shmitta and Omer – What Holds the Count Together

    A tribute to the Ramchal and his legacy If you’re viewing this on a portable device, such as a phone, and are having difficulty playing the shiur, then try the below YouTube version.  
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  195. Parsha sheet: Behar/Bechukosai – Reversing the Flow of Time

    Click here to download PDF Off by a week? This week is a double Parsha so as to fulfill the Halacha recorded in the Gemara (Megilla 31b): “Ezra instituted for the Jewish people to read the curses in Vayikra before Shavuos and the curses in Devarim before Rosh Hashanah so that ‘the year should end with all ...
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  196. Shavuos – Recharge from the Source

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  197. Parsha sheet: Emor – Life & Language

    Click here to download PDF Speech and Purity The Parsha opens (21:1):”Hashem told Moshe: “Emor”-Say to the kohanim the children of Ahron and you shall say to them that they should not become impure from contact with a dead body….” the Midrash Rabbah is fascinated by the term “Emor” (say) and uses it as a springboard to ...
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  198. Lag B’Omer – Saving the Thorns

    Delivered Lag B’Omer night, 2018 at Seidenmann residence. If you’re viewing this on a portable device, such as a phone, and are having difficulty playing the shiur, then try the below YouTube version.  
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  199. Parsha sheet: Acharei Mos/Kedoshim – Opening Pockets of Holy Space

    Click here to download PDF Yom Kippur Mincha?!? This week’s double parsha opens up with the sacrificial order of Yom Kippur and apropos that it is the leining for Yom Kippur morning. However for Mincha on Yom Kippur we read from the end of the Parsha where it talks about all the laws of forbidden relationships. Why ...
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  200. Parsha sheet: Tazria/Metzora – Man’s Law

    Click here to download PDF Why Bris Milah? In this week’s double Parsha we have all the laws of human impurity which include the impurity of birth, Ziva, Tzaraas of the person, clothes, and houses, and how to purify all those impurities. There’s a strange break in the continuity. After saying that a woman who gives ...
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  201. Parsha sheet: Shemini – Consumption and Integration

    Click here to download PDF The Mishkan & Kashrus? In this week’s Parsha there is a strange combination of topics. The Parsha opens with the final establishment of the Mishkan. It was to be assembled and never taken down until the Jewish people would be commanded to relocate and the Kehunah passed to our Ahron and his ...
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  202. Parsha sheet: Shabbos HaGadol – What’s So “Big” about Shabbos HaGadol

    Click here to download PDF What Happened? Shabbos HaGadol could be translated literally as “The Big Shabbos.” What’s so BIG about Shabbos HaGadol? The Tur tells us that Shabbos HaGadol commemorates how on the tenth of Nissan the Jews in Egypt had a one time commandment of designating a lamb in preparation for the first korban Pesach. ...
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  203. The Jewish people – Authorized story Tellers

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  204. Parsha sheet: Parshas Vayikra/HaChodesh – Permanence & Progress

    Click here to download PDF Our timing is off? It’s ironic that just as we finish reading Sefer Shmos, the book of Yetzias Mitzrayim, in comes the month of Nissan and the holiday of Pesach. One would think that we should have arranged the annual cycle so that we would read the parshas of Shmos during the ...
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  205. Yetzias Mitzrayim – Passing over Protocol

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  206. Parsha sheet: Parshas Vayahheil/Pikudei/Parah – Pulling the pieces Together

    Click here to download PDF Why the Assembly? Moshe, having just having come back from Heaven with the second Luchos, gathers all the Jewish people and tells them the prohibition to work during Shabbos. Following that he tells them the positive commandment of building the Mishkan as was outlined for him in Heaven in parshos Trumah, Titzavah ...
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  207. Purim: Charvona is Eliyahu

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  208. Purim: The Shushan Conspiracy

    Haman and Achashveirosh’s plot to supplant Yerushalayim If you’re viewing this on a portable device, such as a phone, and are having difficulty playing the shiur, then try the below YouTube version.  
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  209. Parsha sheet: Parshas Titzaveh/Zachor – Hands over Head & Nameless

    Click here to download PDF Sponsored in Honor of the engagement of Menachem Yisroel Bechhofer & Bracha Golda Lichtman Why always Titzaveh – Zachor? In every regular (non-leap) year we read Parshas Titzaveh right before  Purim. Therefore, in every regular year it has the supplemental reading of “Zachor” which commands us to remember Amalek’s atrocities towards us and ...
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  210. Parsha sheet: Terumah – The Power of the Benevolent Heart

    Click here to download PDF Why leave it up to us? In this week’s Parsha the Jewish people as a collective are commanded to construct the Mishkan. Hashem left it up to everyone’s own benevolence to donate whatever they want of the 13 items required for the Mishkan’s construction. Why was it done this way? Leaving it ...
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  211. Parsha sheet: Mishpatim – Sweet sounds and tastes

    Click here to download PDF The Two accounts of Matan Torah In this week’s Parsha we find a whole other account of Matan Torah from a different perspective. It looks more like a festive occasion, accompanied by eating and drinking, contrary to the experience of awe and fear depicted in last week’s Parsha. What is the message ...
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  212. Parsha Sheet: Yisro – Forever New

    Click here to download PDF Never Gets Old The Posuk says: ”on the third month of B’nai Yisroel leaving Egypt on this day they came to the Sinai desert” Rashi explains: “it should have said on that day they arrived at the desert of Sinai, why does it say on this day? That the words of Torah ...
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  213. Reflections on the state of the union address and the Jewish New year for Trees

    Reflections on the state of the union address and the Jewish New year for Trees
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  214. Tu B’Shvat – Understanding the Seder

    Delivered on Leil Tu B’Shvat 5778 If you’re viewing this on a portable device, such as a phone, and are having difficulty playing the shiur, then try the below YouTube version.  
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  215. Tu B’Shvat – Tree as Metaphor for Reality

    Delivered 1/25/18 in the Young Israel of Long Beach Liluy Nishmas Dovid ben Reuven Michoel z”l If you’re viewing this on a portable device, such as a phone, and are having difficulty playing the shiur, then try the below YouTube version.  
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  216. Parsha Sheet: Beshalach – Harmonious Systems

    Click here to download PDF Think Before you sing? Az Yashir Moshe – Then will sing (yashir) Moshe. It that should say “then sang (shar) Moshe”! Why is there the extra letter “Yud” that makes it the future tense? Rashi explains: then, when Moshe saw the miracle it occurred in his heart to sing. Rashi cites further ...
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  217. Parsha Sheet: Bo – Covering the “Eye of Earth”

    Click here to download PDF 7 & 3 The first thing to observe, is that the Torah saw fit to separate the 10 plagues into two different Parshiyos.  Seven out of ten appear in last week’s Parsha, Parshas Veyeira and three out of ten are in this week’s Parsha. Every Parsha represents a whole different lesson from ...
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  218. Bad Guys of the Bible 4: Generation of the Flood – No Boundaries

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  219. Parsha Sheet: Vaeira – Infinite & Eternal

    Click here to download PDF Trustworthy to Reward and Punish Hashem tells Moshe: “I appeared to Avraham Yitzchak and Yaakov with as E-l Sha-dai and my Name Yud-Heh-Vav-Heh was not displayed to them”.  Rashi explains that means: I am trustworthy to bestow good reward to those who follow in my commandments and I am now sending you ...
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  220. What do Yetzias Mitzrayim and marriage have in common?

    Delivered last night on the occasion of Sheva Brachos of Reuven Zak’s niece If you’re viewing this on a portable device, such as a phone, and are having difficulty playing the shiur, then try the below YouTube version.  
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  221. Parsha Sheet: Shemos – Stars in Hashem’s show

    Click here to download PDF Names & Numbers This week’s Parsha opens with the words “And these are the names of the children of Yisroel that came to Mitzrayim…” Rashi comments even though they were counted in their lifetime by name (in parshas Vayigash) the Torah counts them even after their death to show how beloved they ...
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  222. A Special Message for 2018

    A Special Message for 2018
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  223. Vayechi – Breakthrough

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  224. Parsha Sheet: Vayechi – The Heel Lives

    Click here to download PDF Dead or Alive? This week’s Parsha opens up with the posuk “Yaakov was alive in Egypt for 17 years…” Hebrew doesn’t use the term “lived” as a synonym for “resided”. What is the Torah telling us? Was Yaakov more alive in Egypt than anywhere he resided? The Midrash Rabbah says that Rav ...
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  225. Eyes and Heart – ASARA B’TEVES & TRIBUTE TO HARAV MOSHE SHAPIRA ZT”L ON HIS 1ST YAHRTZEIT

    A maamar on Vayechi-Asara B’Teves & Tribute to my Rebbe HaGaon HaRav Moshe Shapira ZT”L on occasion of his 1st Yahrtzeit. If you’re viewing this on a portable device, such as a phone, and are having difficulty playing the shiur, then try the below YouTube version.  
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  226. Parsha Sheet: Vayigash – Restoring the Neck of Am Yisroel

    Click here to download PDF Crying on the “Neck” Following the reunification of the brothers it says that “Yosef cried on the necks (plural!) of Binyomin and Binyomin cried on Yosef’s neck”. Rashi brings the Chazal that raise the question: how many necks did Binyomin have? They answer that it was referring to two Temples that ...
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  227. Chanukah – Changing the world

    Understanding what the Greeks had against Kiddush Hachodesh If you’re viewing this on a portable device, such as a phone, and are having difficulty playing the shiur, then try the below YouTube version.  
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  228. Parsha Sheet: Miketz – Chanukah: The Nation Sparks

    Click here to download PDF Reflections for the Chanukah after the Petirah of the Godol HaDor Maran HaRav Ahron Yehuda Leib Shteinman ZT”L “Sparks” An interesting phenomenon repeats itself no less than four times in this week’s Parsha. Ever since the Shevatim sold Yosef, Yaakov Avinu is stripped of prophecy. However, in this week’s Parsha prophecy makes a gradual ...
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  229. Chanukah – What holds reality together

    Understanding why the Greeks hated Bris Milah and the special significance of ‘Zos Chanukah’ If you’re viewing this on a portable device, such as a phone, and are having difficulty playing the shiur, then try the below YouTube version.  
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  230. Shabbos and Beis Hamikdash – Point Center

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  231. Reflections on the passing of Rav Shteinman Chanukah and current global situation

    Reflections on the passing of Rav Shteinman Chanukah and current global situation
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  232. Reflections on Shabbos and Jerusalem – inspired by President Trump’s bold declaration

    Reflections on Shabbos and Jerusalem - inspired by President Trump's bold declaration
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  233. Reflections on Chanukah and moving the US embassy

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  234. Parsha Sheet:Vayeshev – Sifting through the ages

    Click here to download PDF Mysterious Metaphor In the opening Rashi to this week’s Parsha, Rashi tells us that after speaking concisely about Eisav’s descendants and how and where they settled, the Torah now turns to discuss Yaakov and his children at length and in great detail. Yaakov and his children are so important to Hashem and ...
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  235. Ner Chanukah – Lighting up the Legs and the Market

    Delivered at the home of Mrs. Vivian Wein 12/3/17 If you’re viewing this on a portable device, such as a phone, and are having difficulty playing the shiur, then try the below YouTube version.  
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  236. Bad Guys of the Bible 3: The Generation of Enosh – The Beginnings of Idolatry

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  237. Vayishlach – Wives and Vows

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  238. Parsha Sheet: Vayishlach – Shechem, The Cosmic Seam

    Click here to download PDF Trouble Town In this week’s Parsha we encounter the place called Shechem.  Rashi tells that Shechem is a place prone to tragedy. It was there that Dinah was raped, it was there that Yosef was sold, and it was there the Kingdom of Israel split off from the kingdom of Yehudah. What ...
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  239. Parsha Sheet: Vayetzei – A Tale of Two Mothers and Two Kings

    Vayetzei : A Tale of Two Mothers and Two Kings Click here to download PDF Rachel vs Leah In this week’s Parsha we have story of Yaakov finding his two wives, our matriarchs, Rachel and Leah. Although they came from the same home, they became Yaakov’s wives in very different ways. Rachel was the wife he was seeking, ...
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  240. From Succos to Chanukah – Reflections on Thanksgiving

    From Succos to Chanukah - Reflections on Thanksgiving
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  241. Vayeitzei – Bad Grandpa Lavan

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  242. Bad Guys of the Bible 2: Kayin

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  243. Toldos – How Did Eisav Sell The Birthright

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  244. Parsha sheet: Toldos – What’s with the Wells??

    Click here to download PDF Water fight? Not quite…. In this week’s Parsha we have Yitzchak Avinu’s struggle with Avimelech and his people over Wells. interestingly enough, this was a common struggle he and his father Avraham had with Avimelech. Seemingly Avraham Avinu and Avimelech patched things up at the time. However, we see from this week’s ...
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  245. Parsha sheet: Chayei Sarah – Marriage, Death, and Commerce

    Click here to download PDF First Funeral? There are some standard daily and life cycle events that occur in this parsha for the first time in the Torah. With the description of Sarah’s burial and eulogy we have the first accounts of a death, burial, and eulogy.  Up until this point the Torah simply stated the age ...
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  246. Vayeira – Avimelech and Cosmic Blockage

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  247. Parsha Sheet: Vayeira – Divine sense of Humor

    What do the birth of Yitzchak Avinu, the three cardinal sins,and marital relations all have in common? Click here to download PDF When Sarah receives the amazing news that she will give birth to a son at the ripe old age of ninety she reacts with tzchok, laughter. We find that when Avraham Avinu had a similar ...
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  248. HITLER WON! (I’ll explain, hear me out)

    HITLER WON! (I'll explain, hear me out)
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  249. Bad Guys of the Bible 1: The Snake

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  250. Noach – Noach and Avraham Avinu – Movement vs Progress

    Noach - Noach and Avraham Avinu - Movement vs Progress
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  251. Parsha Sheet: Lech Lecha – What happened to the first 75 years?

    Click here to download PDF If ever the question should ever be raised what was the most amazing era of Avraham Avinu’s life I’m sure most people, if not all, would answer: How at a young age he figured out the truth for himself, stood up against his family, his society, and the whole world. He ...
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  252. Noach – History Repeating Itself

    Noach - History Repeating Itself
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  253. Parsha Sheet: Noach – The deconstruction of society

    Click here to download PDF A warning from the generations of the flood and the dispersal The Halacha States that when two people agree on a sale of a movable object and the prospective buyer has already given the money, the sale is not final until the movable object has been lifted or pulled. Nonetheless if one ...
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  254. Parshas Breishis and the current events of October 2017

    Parshas Breishis and the current events of October 2017
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  255. Hoshana Rabba – Can’t get to 8 before you go through 7

    Hoshana Rabba - Can't get to 8 before you go through 7
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  256. Our eyes – a message for Simchas Torah

    Our eyes - a message for Simchas Torah
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  257. The Seal, the Kvittel & the Arava – understanding Hoshana Rabbah

    Delivered Leill Hoshana Rabbah 5778 in the White Shul If you’re viewing this on a portable device, such as a phone, and are having difficulty playing the shiur, then try the below YouTube version.  
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  258. Sasson v Simcha

    Delivered at a SIMCHAS Beis Hashoeva lavishly hosted by our Chaver Reb Shai SASSON If you’re viewing this on a portable device, such as a phone, and are having difficulty playing the shiur, then try the below YouTube version.  
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  259. Meet the Ushpizin

       
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  260. The Amnesty Between Yom Kippur and Sukkot

    The Amnesty Between Yom Kippur and Sukkot
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  261. Yom Kippur, Tu B’Av and Purim

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  262. Yom Kippur – Getting out of the Bechira Box

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  263. Aseres Yemei Teshuva – Condensed Time

    Aseres Yemei Teshuva - Condensed Time
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  264. Tzom Gedaliah – Liberating the Soul to Dominate the Body

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  265. The Beauty of Law and Order – Final address before Rosh Hashana 5778

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  266. Shofar – Blasting Through Cosmic and Personal Blockage

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  267. Vayelech: Where are Moshe’s Hands?

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  268. Rosh Hashana to Yom Kippur – Rebuilding the Head-Heart Continuum

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  269. Ki Savo – What Are Time & Life?

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  270. Ki Savo – Processing Spiritual Information

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  271. Rosh Hashana – Different vs. New

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  272. Ki Tetzei: Milchemes Reshus vs Milchemes Mitzva

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  273. Shoftim/Elul – The Battei Dinim (Rabbinical courts) will save the USA (and the world)

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  274. Shoftim/Elul – Chisiling a Heart of Stone into Tablets

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  275. Re’eh 5777 – Caught in the Center: The Unique and Perilous Position of Am Yisroel

    A response to the events in Charlottesville If you’re viewing this on a portable device, such as a phone, and are having difficulty playing the shiur, then try the below YouTube version.
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  276. Eikev – Closing the Circuit

    Delivered last night at the Young Israel of Long Beach under the title “Picking up the pieces” If you’re viewing this on a portable device, such as a phone, and are having difficulty playing the shiur, then try the below YouTube version.  
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  277. Tu B’Av – Love Breathing through

    Delivered leil Tu B’Av, 2017 at a CHAZAQ event in Forest Hills, Queens May there be an increase in Shalom Bayis and all the singles should find their Basherts, Amen! If you’re viewing this on a portable device, such as a phone, and are having difficulty playing the shiur, then try the below YouTube version.  
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  278. So what if we don’t get along?!?

    Understanding why Sinas Chinam destroyed the Beis HaMikdash and is keeping us in Golus until this very day. If you’re viewing this on a portable device, such as a phone, and are having difficulty playing the shiur, then try the below YouTube version.  
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  279. Where do we go from here? – Never losing sight of Churban Yerushalayim year round

    May we see Nechomas Tziyon and Binyan Yerushalayim tekef u’miyad!
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  280. Golus – Living the Nightmare

    Delivered Sunday morning 7/30/17 in Queens. May we see Nechomas Tziyon and Binyan Yerushalayim tekef u’miyad Amen. If you’re viewing this on a portable device, such as a phone, and are having difficulty playing the shiur, then try the below YouTube version.  
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  281. What’s Left of Kedusha?- a Tribute to the Arizal

    Delivered on the Arizal’s yahrtzeit, Adar 5, 2017 at Heshy Wein’s house. If you’re viewing this on a portable device, such as a phone, and are having difficulty playing the shiur, then try the below YouTube version.  
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  282. Tisha B’Av – The Day We Lost Our Home

    Delivered July 26th, 2017 at the Young Israel of Long Beach If you’re viewing this on a portable device, such as a phone, and are having difficulty playing the shiur, then try the below YouTube version.  
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  283. Devarim – The Gift of Torah Shebaal Peh

    If you’re viewing this on a portable device, such as a phone, and are having difficulty playing the shiur, then try the below YouTube version. Delivered July 25th, 2017 at the white shul  
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  284. Mattos-Mattai – Journey to Reclaim the Sparks

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  285. Inquiries in the Halachos of Kanoim Pogim Bo Part 3 – The Laws of Goel Hadam and Self Defense

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  286. Pinchas – Sun Moon and Inheritance

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  287. Inquiries in the Halachos of Kanoim Pogim Bo Part 2: Resolving the Issues of Inquiry

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  288. The 3 Weeks – The Gash in the Cosmic Fabric

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  289. Inquiries in the Halachos of Kanoim Pogim Bo Part 1: What are the Issues???

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  290. Balak – What can you learn from a talking donkey??!!??”

    Delivered Wed night to “Aneinu” by telephone conference  If you’re viewing this on a portable device, such as a phone, and are having difficulty playing the shiur, then try the below YouTube version.  
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  291. Chukas – Infusing the World with Knowledge

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  292. Chukas – What’s the Crime in Hitting a Rock???!!??

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  293. Korach – Dropping out of reality

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  294. Shlach – Square vs Round

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  295. Shlach – Keeping things in perspective

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  296. Bamidbar-Naso-Bhaalocha: Negation, Integration, Generation

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  297. Shavuos – Reforming reality

    Shavuos - Reforming reality
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  298. Shavuos – Liberation from the market

    Shavuos - Liberation from the market
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  299. Behar-Bechukosai – Pulling the Pieces Together: The Legacy of the Ramchal

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  300. Behar-Bechukosai – Ribis: The Snake Bite

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