Tetzaveh 5776

We begin this week’s Parsha with a command from HaShem to Moshe; “The Children of Israel should bring to You (Moshe) pure olive oil, crushed for illumination.”(Shemos 27:20) The Gemara in Menachos (53b) tells us that Klal Yisrael is compared to the olive, for many times will Klal Yisrael be “crushed” but we must know […]

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Shaking the heavens

Outside the windows of the shul, the sun was sinking behind the trees, daylight was slowly fading away. Yom Kippur was almost over, and Rav Levi was desperate. He saw a huge darkness looming over the Jewish people for the upcoming year, a frightening, impending doom. All day, he had tried his utmost to dispel […]

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Ve’eschanan 5775

We begin this Parsha with something a bit surreal, Moshe, the leader of Klal Yisrael, is pleading to HaShem to let him in to the land of Israel. But just when his prayers were about to topple over HaShems decree that Moshe would not enter the land, HaShem told him to cease his prayers – […]

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Jalapeno Matjes Herring

This flavorful herring was inspired by Lelov (Leh-Love). Rav Dovid of Lelov (1746-1814) was the first Rebbe of this holy Chassidus. He was born in Biala, Poland and was a student of the great Chozeh M’Lublin. The Chozeh said about Rav Dovid: “He is the foundation of all the tzaddikim and all the leaders of the Chasidic […]

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