Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Divrei Torah

The Wagons of Assimilation

“...And he [Yaakov] saw the wagons that Yosef had sent to transport him, then the spirit of their father Yaakov was revived.” (Bereishit 45:27)

From this verse, it would seem that Yosef sent the wagons to Yaakov. Indeed, the Midrash relates that Yosef used the wagons to remind Yaakov of the last


Hanging in There a Bit More

At some point during this extremely harsh and intense ordeal between the brothers and Yosef (who was still undercover), Yosef could not hold himself back anymore and left the scene in order to cry. It sounds to us like a very sweet act, an emotion that is natural and heartfelt, one that is borne out of the mercy of Yosef’s heart who was


The Impact of So Few on So Many

A few years ago, I read that an acceptable rounding error of a Chinese population census is 30 million—double the number of Jews in the world! Furthermore, there are many more children in first grade in China (approximately 20 million) than there are Jews.

Despite these figures, the remarkable fact


Make It Personal

Under a bearded disguise, the brothers are under Yosef’s jurisdiction, unbeknownst to them that this ruler was their own blood brother. After accusing them of being spies and placing them in prison, Yosef demands of them to have Binyamin brought to him, or else he will have them killed. The brothers (except for Shimon who was kept with



Is it really possible that Yaakov asked of God to dwell in tranquility in the true sense of the word? That would seem quite impossible, for if you look at his life, within the paradigm of toiling in Torah, he didn’t sleep for 14 years while learning, and within the arena of work he gave over his heart and soul to work honestly for 20


Join the Zichru Daf Yomi Challenge: Remember 12 Blatt in 12 Days

(Courtesy of Zichru)

Think you don’t have a good memory?

No way to remember Daf Yomi day after day?

Simply too much material in so little time?

You’re not


Dirshu Announces New World Siyumim in Eastern Europe And Cape Town; World Siyum in Binyanei Haumah Sold Out

The frenzy to obtain tickets for the sold-out World Siyum to be led by the gedolei hador this Motzei Shabbos Chanukah in the Binyanei Haumah Convention Center has compelled Dirshu to open five new remote venues in strategic locations throughout Eretz Yisrael.

Participants will be able


Who Is the Leader?

The final six parshiyot of the book of Bereishit are dominated by the intense rivalry between two brothers vying for leadership and ultimately for Jewish monarchy. Their conflict first erupts in Parshat Vayeishev as Yehuda instigates the sale of his bullied brother to a passing caravan of merchants. This faceoff between Yosef and


Benefits of Accepting Responsibility

Just last week I was looking through my text messages and saw a sequence from my mother-in- law, Rebbetzin Singer, a”h. She was thanking me for telling her what time Shabbos candle lighting was when she was in the hospital and for picking up some groceries for her. This past week, the 20th of Kislev, was her second yahrzeit. I


Self-Consumed vs. Self-Expanded

We’ve all heard the stories about how a few kind words can change and save lives. A “good morning,” a “how are you” or even an easy gesture of showing interest and concern—there are many dramatic stories how these touched the hearts of others and produced unimaginable results. What kind of people are the protagonists in


The Import of Simchas HaChaim in Our Jewish Ideology

In the previous article we discussed the idea that the charge to sustain one’s simchat hachaim” (joy of life) is an important value in our Jewish ideology. This, however, does not mean that we are meant to laugh our way through life. Rather, it reflects our commitment to grow spiritually and obtain our joy via the gifts Hashem


Bris Avrohom Launches Second Avos U’banim Learning Initiative

With the winter season upon us and Shabbat ending early, Bris Avrohom launched its Second Annual Avos U’banim on Saturday nights, where the fathers and the sons have an opportunity to learn together, embrace the portion of the week and review the materials their sons learnt in school.