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Getting old, seeing G-d

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 10:18:57 -0500

An old man and his 6 year old grandson are sitting on a bench. Both lost in thought.... The child turns to his grandfather and asks: "Zeide, did you ever see G-d?". "Yes", he answers," all the time". Both -...

Donal Trump and the Jewish problem

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 10:12:24 -0500

Veritas linguam latinum discit

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 16:51:02 -0400

Veritas contributed this: I took up the study of Latin. You may ask why? One could explain it, as some would say, that you do not choose what you love it.This is how the culture that surrounds us would respond...

Pray like a servant, also like a slave...

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 17:49:14 -0400

Beloved God, my Teacher and my Friend You pull me up and please hold me there Uplift my thoughts and my imperfect leaps My falls I know and them to you I bare. Forgive missteps, I made them all for...

Gentile gilgulim

Sun, 14 Aug 2016 19:58:27 -0400

A reader asked me about a post that mentioned that Avtalyon was a gilgul of Aristotle. This statement is, on the face of it, a striking one, for no less a reason that it presupposes that non-Jews undergo a process...

Talmud going through us...

Sun, 31 Jul 2016 17:59:02 -0400

It is said that a scholar once came to R. Israel Salanter and boasted that he had gone through the Talmud, surely an achievement. Detecting a smudge of arrogance in the man's manner, R. Salanter asked him: "you had gone...

Hitting Rock Bottom -Korach

Fri, 08 Jul 2016 15:00:47 -0400

The Torah is written on many levels, among them the literary and metaphorical. We may not always understand the metaphors it uses, but they, nevertheless, can "get into our kishkes", affecting us on the symbolic, experiential and emotional levels, so...

Rabbi Akiva and the Alef Bet

Mon, 04 Jul 2016 17:24:22 -0400

In the Shavuos edition of this year's Inyan magazine I saw an article about Alef Beis that asks the following question on this passage from Avos D'Rabbi Noson, Ch.6 (Version A): What were Akiva's beginnings? It is said: Up to...

Of ants and grasshoppers, and frigate birds... and spies

Sun, 03 Jul 2016 16:41:02 -0400

When the spies returned from their mission to the Land of Israel, they curiously never said that Jews cannot conquer it. This is what they said: "“We came to the land to which you sent us. It flows with milk...

I Am Back

Sun, 03 Jul 2016 15:49:09 -0400

With Hashem's blessing and with His assistance, I will again start blogging on Avakesh.

Overheard: What do you call that again?

Sun, 29 Sep 2013 22:17:01 -0400

Older fellow with glasses: I see that book in your taliis bag, called "Forgiveness". What is it about? New Age Guy: It is about how you have to forgive all those people who hurt you? Congregant: Why would you do...

Shimush - the art of being a student.

Sun, 15 Sep 2013 14:29:33 -0400

Being a student used to not be easy. Not only did one have to invest many years in sitting at the feet of a Sage, often from an early age, not only was one expected to sacrifice the concerns for...

Rosh Hashana Greetings

Wed, 04 Sep 2013 03:45:00 -0400

The Hidden and the Revealed

Mon, 02 Sep 2013 15:55:57 -0400

He who denies the hidden in the revealed (i.e. denies kabbala publicly), in the hidden he denies the revealed (in private denies the Revelation of the Torah). Chasam Sofer quoted in Chut Hemshulash (biography of the Sofer family), -. 44


Mon, 02 Sep 2013 15:36:23 -0400

WIth Hashem's help, I intend to return to a more regular schedule of posting. I apologize for the prolonged furlough and hope that you will find what I post to be useful, and above all, educational and uplifting. WIth Hashem's...

Avos 3:4, What else unites us and being alone

Sun, 31 Mar 2013 16:37:34 -0400

From this, I know only concerning two individuals; how do I know that even a single individual who sits and occupies himself with the Torah, G-d designates reward for him? From the verse, "He sits alone in meditative stillness; indeed,...

Avos 3:4, 1+1=3

Sun, 03 Mar 2013 20:27:36 -0500

But two who sit and exchange words of Torah, the Divine Presence rests amongst them, as is stated, "Then the G-d-fearing conversed with one another, and G-d listened and heard; and it was inscribed before Him in a book of...

Avos 3:4, Alone together

Mon, 18 Feb 2013 20:11:29 -0500

Rabbi Chanina son of Tradyon would say: Two who sit and no words of Torah pass between them, this is a session of scorners, as is stated, "And in a session of scorners he did not sit" (Psalms 1:1). As...

The Jewish Educator Award

Tue, 12 Feb 2013 16:12:05 -0500

The Jewish Educator Award is a project of the Milken Family Foundation (MFF) which established the Award as way to acknowledge the work of outstanding Jewish educators. The Award, founded in 1994, is presented to a select group of Jewish...

Been tardy...

Wed, 23 Jan 2013 09:42:02 -0500

My posting had become less frequent and I apologize. Preparing and giving a Daf Yomi shiur and getting involved in a new project has taken a toll. BE"H I will slowly be able to increase postings....hope so. Thank you for...