Thursday, March 23, 2023

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Receiving 24/7 Credit From Hashem

I give many shiurim throughout the week and speak on multiple occasions. My most challenging time slot to give a shiur is Friday night between Kabbalas Shabbos and Maariv. Everyone is tired from a long week and people are struggling to keep their eyes open. My consolation in seeing people dozing off is that I am helping their


Being Chosen

Yichus (family lineage) has always been an important consideration when selecting one’s spouse. Nevertheless, Avraham’s insistence that his “chosen” son specifically marry a descendant of his brother, Nachor, requires explanation.

Each significant stage in sefer Bereishit begins with the opening


Two Heroes in the Time of Polio

This is the story of two heroes. The first hero is actually a heroine. Her name is Shoshana Bernstein. When the news of new polio emerged this summer, the CDC turned to her. There was a need to increase polio vaccination rates in New York and in particular, Rockland County.

Bernstein is a frum vaccine


Self-Less Care

When Avraham eulogizes Sarah, he surprisingly, as Rav Chaim Shmulevitz points out, barely mentions any of Sarah’s many lofty attributes: not the fact that she was greater than even himself in prophecy; not the fact that she had ruach hakodesh; not the fact that she had such a profound influence on people and caused their conversion; not


Veteran Educator to Head Rabbi Sacks Legacy in North America

(Courtesy of Rabbi Sacks Legacy Project) The Rabbi Sacks Legacy has selected Rabbi Jeremy Bruce, a veteran Jewish day school educator, administrator and former student of the late world-renowned leader, to spearhead its expansion in North America and serve as the group’s executive director on the continent. Rabbi Bruce,


Must We Wait Six Hours After Eating Pareve at a Meat Establishment?

A Clarification

Our question is very commonly posed, especially by teenagers. At TABC, I am often asked, “I just ate french fries at Chickie’s; may I now have ice cream?” Before launching our discussion, we clarify that one may not eat pareve items prepared in a meat establishment


The Law of God and the Heart of Man

Everything was at stake. From Avraham’s love for his son to his reputation as a man of God — it was all on the line. At the tail end of his career, the first person to discover Hashem was summoned to the ultimate religious trial. Would this courageous pioneer forfeit everything he had accomplished — both personally and


Celiac Disease: A Torah Perspective

A new study published by researchers at the very prestigious Walter Reed Hospital in the October issue of “Pediatrics” investigated possible causes and risk factors for celiac disease and the childhood risk factors. More information about this can be found at the end of this article, but it may be a good idea to check with expert


Giving and Receiving Through Hachnasas Orchim

During the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s, thousands of Jews visiting the Kotel got the famous tap on the shoulder. A tall man with a warm smile would greet them, saying, “Hi, my name is Meir Schuster. Would you like to experience a genuine Shabbos meal?” Many took him up on his offer, and this began their connection to Shabbos and


Fortune or Misfortune?

Our forefather Avraham was not only a person of tremendous belief and a person of exceptional action, but also someone who amassed immense wealth. Considering the fact that Avraham was the recipient of Hashem’s blessings for success and the beneficiary of His guidance and protection, this should come as no surprise to us. However, when


This Is Only a Test

Pirkei Avos tells us (5:3) that Avraham was challenged and tested 10 times. Rashi and the Rambam differ on what exactly these 10 tests were. What they both agree on, though, was that being asked to sacrifice Yitzhak was the toughest test of all. The underlying question that needs to be asked is why did Avraham have to be tested at


That Kind of Kind

Avraham was the epitome of a giver who truly personified the midah of chesed. What’s the essence of the midah of chesed, and what does it mean to be a real ba’al chesed?

Let’s picture a person who goes about his daily affairs, and is constantly met by people who have various requests and needs.

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