Balak – Slave or Son

The roman governor Turnus Rufus constantly debated with Rabbi Akiva, one exchange is told in Bava Basra (10a); he asked Rabbi Akiva, “If your God loves poor people why did he make them poor?” Rabbi Akiva replied, “So that others have the opportunity to give charity and fix our own mistakes through this deed.” Turnus […]

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Naso – Out of many, One

Marriage is such a Holy thing, but first you must find your soul mate. The Gemara in Sotah (2a) tells us that, “Finding your soul mate is as difficult as splitting the Yam Suf”, it’s odd that finding a wife is compared to splitting the sea since marriage is all about the importance of unity. […]

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Bamidbar – Even in the Desert

We most often hear a person “bench Gomel” when they return from an overseas trip, but according to the Gemara (Brachos 54b) we don’t only bench Gomel when we survive an international flight in coach, a person is obligated to bench Gomel if they were gravely ill and were healed, imprisoned and freed, or survived […]

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Behar Bechukosai – Expanded Toiling

Parhsas Bechukosai starts off with the pasuk, “Im Bechukosai Tailechu – If you follow My laws, guard My commandments and observe them.”(26:3) Rashi explains that this means to toil in Torah. The dictionary definition of Toil is; “long strenuous fatiguing labor”. Ah, so our reward for such intense devotion for Torah must be more time […]

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Vayikra – Who’s in charge

A couple of years ago there was a psychological study conducted on 107 stock traders in London. All 107 were separated into their own rooms. Placed before them, a screen with a stock market ticker and three buttons, two of the three buttons were labeled, “up”, “down”, and one unlabeled. They were told that these […]

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