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Selected Pirkei Avos From Chapter 5

4. “Our forefather Abraham was tested with ten trials and withstood all of them. This shows the love our forefather Abraham had [for G-d].” 9. “Seven things apply to an uncultured person (Heb. ‘golem’), and seven to a wise person. A wise person does not speak before one who is greater than he in wisdom […]

What mourning taught me

My father A”H passed away in early June. It wasn’t sudden-sudden, but it was sudden enough. He wasn’t young, but he was certainly not old enough. We loved him and we let him know it, and that we were going to be okay, and he shouldn’t worry about us as he approached his end . […]

What’s Kosher, Mate?

Melbourne, Australia is not New York City. This may seem to be stating the obvious, but, shortly after moving here from Brooklyn I would discover in a myriad of ways just how this was so. For instance, say the words ‘shlep’ or ‘shmatte’ or ‘shlamiel’ in mixed company in New York and everyone, even the […]

Post Tisha B’Av Appropiate mp3s

Rabbi Welcher on Strengthing our Bein Adam L’Chaveiro – mp3 can be downloaded here. R’ Moshe Schwerd – Rebuilding the Bais HaMikdash Through Our Appreciation of Torah can be downloaded here. Mr Gross – A Holocaust Survivor’s Experiences can be download here.

What Are Your Post Tisha B’Av Thoughts?

What are your post Tisha B’Av thoughts? Appreciation of food? Listening to music again tomorrow? Vacation time? Commitment to do your part in rebuilding the Bais Hamikdash? Less Loshon Hara and Sinas Chinam? Countdown to Elul? Glad the 3 weeks are over? What else?

Giving Kibbudim to Baalei Teshuva

In public situations is it wise to give Baalei Teshuva kibbudim (honors) at the risk of embarassment? Situations include – Leading the bentching – Saying a beracha at a Sheva Berachos – Saying a harachamim at a Bris – Getting an Aliyah in shul – Getting hagbah or gelilah – Opening the aron In what […]

Forks in the Road: Old Divisions, Modern Ramifications

Forks in the Road: Old Divisions, Modern Ramifications Rabbi Yosef Gavriel Bechhofer We Might Be a Little Late! Originally published here . This essay is some one hundred and fifty years late. Events since, some fortunate, most unfortunate, have blurred the differences between the great schools of thought that developed in the late eighteenth and […]

Unity in Diversity in Ramat Beit Shemesh

In the US, and I suspect in other Jewish areas such as England as well, the Jewish community in any given area tends to be rather monolithic. For example in New Jersey, Passaic is Litivish Ultra-Orthodox, so is Lakewood. Morristown is Chabad. Monsey (ok, NY but just outside of NJ) is majority chassidic, some parts […]

Message to the World – The Power of Prayer

Imagine you’re in a room full of Jewish addicts. And you’re volunteering to lead a group on Tuesday evenings. The group is called “Spirituality.” What would you talk about? This week I decided to ask them what they would talk about. I tossed out a question that I had heard a rabbi ask at the […]

What’s It Like Raising FFB Kids as a BT?

What’s it like raising FFB kids as a BT? How do your kids feel about it? In what ways do you feel deficient? In what ways do you feel being a BT makes you more qualified? How do your kids feel about it, are they glad they have BT parents or do they wish their […]

Some Approaches to Judging Others Favorably

We’re in the midst of the Three Week period leading up to Tisha B’Av and the Avodah (work) of this period is on Bein Adam L’Chaveiro (improving relations between man and his fellow). Here are some short thoughts on how to judge other people favorably. If you have any thoughts or ideas that have worked […]

Mishnayos Yomi – It’s a Great Idea

The new Mishanayos Yomi cycle start on Sunday July 4th with Masechta Berachos. You learn 2 mishnayos a day and you can finish all of Shas in 5 1/2 years. It’s not hard and it’s a great accomplishment. There are audio files here which take only 5 minutes per day. Rav Grossman also has audio […]

A Yeshivish Fourth of July to All

Gettysburg Address – English Version Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so […]

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