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Getting More Out of Our Brochos

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:08:42 +0000

A friend recently asked “Why do we often say Brochos quickly?”. The Mesillas Yesharim helps to explain why, and provides a practical path to the remedy. In the introduction, the Ramchal points out that serving Hashem is not a natural

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Don’t Just Bless … Reverse the Curse

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 19:20:14 +0000

Why didn’t Avraham bless Yitzchak? Why was Yitzchak unaware of whom he was actually blessing? Neither Yaakov nor Moshe required savory dishes before offering their respective blessings.Why did Yitzchak require a savory dish before blessing his son? Yitzchak, who dined

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Alternate Trajectories – Part 3

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 00:00:09 +0000

Written By C. Sapir, You can read part 1 here. You can read part 2 here. Ben and I hosted numerous Shabbos guests, many of whom were just discovering Yiddishkeit, and we helped shepherd these not-yet-religious people toward greater observance,

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Everyone Views Things Just As I Do…

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 00:44:18 +0000

Parshas Chayei Sarah “And I asked her and said: “Who is your father?” and she said, “I am the daughter of Bisuel…” and I placed the bracelet on her hands.” — Bereishis 24:47 Eliezer was given a mission Eliezer, the

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Utilizing The Power of Concentration

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 16:23:50 +0000

Rav Itamar Shwartz, the author of the Bilvavi and the Getting to Know Your (Self, Soul, Feelings, Home) An excerpt from this article which is from the sefer: Getting to Know Your Feelings available from Amazon. Utilizing The Power of

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Nothing is Perfect Until it’s Incomplete

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 17:15:33 +0000

Why did Avram seek advice before proceeding with milah-circumcision? Why did some of his closest friends and disciples oppose his undergoing milah? HaShem appeared to him [Avram] in the Plains of Mamre while he was sitting at the opening of

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Alternate Trajectories – Part 2

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 14:42:29 +0000

Written By C. Sapir, You can read part 1 here. I had six children in seven-and-a-half years and cared for them almost singlehandedly, but that didn’t stop me from continuing to learn. I devoured Torah books and recordings, maintained regular

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Rabbi Mordechai Yosef Scher, ztz”l

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 15:00:45 +0000

Rabbi Mordechai Yosef Scher, ztz”l, a Beyond BT contributor, was niftar on the second day of Marcheshvan, October 22, 2017. Mordechai Yosef Scher was born and raised in Stamford, CT. He moved to Israel shortly after finishing high school. He

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Alternate Trajectories – Part 1

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 13:56:04 +0000

Written By C. Sapir, “Good Shabbos!” “Oh, rabbi, what’s good about it?” My chassan, Ben, fielded this question while we were in a hospital room visiting a patient with advanced cancer. During our year-long engagement – we waited until he

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Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller on Cheshvan: Facing the Ordinary

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 18:57:00 +0000

by Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller Our feet are on the floor again. Tishrei, the month of the holy days that change us forever, leads us to a place of calm that we laughingly refer to as “real life.” The question that

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Growing With Shnayim Mikra V’Echod Targum

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 22:20:59 +0000

Chazal (the sages) instituted a weekly spiritual growth mechanism which takes advantage of the power of Torah learning called Shnayim Mikra V’Echod Targum, which is reading the weekly Torah portion twice in Hebrew and its translation once. The Shulchan Aruch

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A Gourmands Approach to Sukkos

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 02:30:46 +0000

From the Waters of the Shiloah: Plumbing the Depths of the Izhbitzer School -For series introduction CLICK By Rabbi Dovid Schwartz- A Sukkah built taller than twenty Ahmos is posul-unfit to perform the mitzvah in. What is the source of this

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Sukkos – The Jews Inner Self

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 14:00:17 +0000

Rav Itamar Shwarz, the author of the Bilvavi Mishkan Evneh Download this and a number of other Drashos on Sukkos Sukkah and the Four Species – The Dual Natures of Man On Sukkos, we have two mitzvos: to sit in

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Keep the Change

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 20:00:35 +0000

As the Neilah service on Yom Kippur reaches its crescendo, the congregation cries out in unison: “Hashem Hu HaElokim” (Hashem is G-d) seven times. We can probably still hear this cry echoing in our minds. At that precious moment, we

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Beyond Beinoni

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 15:00:47 +0000

What’s so bad about being a Beinoni, at least I’m not a Rasha? What’s wrong with some Steak, Scotch, and Sushi as long as I daven, learn, and do chesed? America is the home of Lifestyle Judaism, where we can

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