Become the New You

The Purim story, which we read in the Book of Esther, is one of surprising reversals. King Achashveirosh threw a party to show off his power and wealth, but it ended with him roaring drunk and killing his own queen. Haman came to the king to hang Mordechai, and ended...
Heartily Giving

Heartily Giving

Rabbi Zalman Sorotzkin zt"l was in Polish Lithuania at a time when rabbinic schools were suffering from extreme poverty. In his book Oznaim L'Torah (and reprinted in Yalkut Lekach Tov), he relates that he accompanied a delegation of senior rabbis to Warsaw to request...

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Round Peg in a Round Hole

Round Peg in a Round Hole

This week's Torah portion features many laws governing our interactions with others: personal and property damages, borrowing and lending, and judicial proceedings, among others. Yet the opening words of the parsha are "And these are the laws.." The word "and," of...

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Delayed Gratitude

Delayed Gratitude

After the great miracles of the Exodus — the splitting of the sea, the falling of the Manna, and the Jewish victory when attacked by the Amalek nation — Yisro (Jethro), Moshe's father-in-law, was so impressed by this evidence of G-d's love for His nation that he...

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A Guarantee of Daily Bread

A Guarantee of Daily Bread

After crossing the Sea of Reeds, the Jewish People found themselves in an inhospitable desert. For 40 years, they ate a miraculous food called Mann, or Manna. Yet we read that G-d also provided both quail and water. Why was it necessary for them to eat food whose...

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What is Normal Life?

What is Normal Life?

The current global upheaval due to the raging pandemic, combined with political upheaval, has made us all unsettled; many are even broken and in despair. We all ask, "When will life return to normal?" The Exodus story, which we read about in the Torah portion this...

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Pharaoh’s Secret Power

Pharaoh’s Secret Power

Rabbi Meilech Biederman, a well-known teacher in Jerusalem, shared an incredible message this week, one that is worth sharing almost verbatim. Hashem told Moshe to arise early in the morning and stand before Pharaoh, because that is when he goes out to the water [see...

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