Table Talk

Maintain Desire

When Hashem your G-d will broaden your boundary, as He spoke to you, and you say, “I will eat meat,” for you will have a desire to eat meat, to…

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As a Father Teaches

You should know in your heart that just as a father will chastise his son, so Hashem, your G-d, chastises you. (Devarim 5:8) Hashem has declared that we are His…

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Messengers

When you are in distress because all these things have befallen you and, in the end, return to the L-rd your G-d and obey Him (Devarim 4:30) Many of the…

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Embarrassing Moment, Eternal Consequences

“These are the words that Moses addressed to all Israel on the other side of the Jordan, through the wilderness, in the Aravah near Suf, between Paran and Tofel, and…

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Not Accidentally

If suddenly, without enmity, he pushes him … The assembly will save the murderer … they will return him to his city of refuge. (Bamidbar 35:22–25) Judicial systems around the…

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False Modesty

Pinchas son of Elazar son of Aharon Hakohen… (Bamidbar 25:12) Rashi: Because the tribes were humiliating him, saying, “Did you see this son of Puti whose mother’s father [Yitro] fattened…

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Good Start

Behold! A people who arises like an awesome lion and raises itself like a lion… (Bamidbar 23:24) When Balak the King of Moab engaged Bilaam, the wicked gentile prophet, to…

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Not Such a Small Thing

But the L-rd said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust Me enough to affirm My sanctity in the sight of the Israelite people, therefore you shall not…

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Safe Zones

“… with Datan and Aviram, sons of Eliav, and On son of Pelet, sons of Reuven” (Bamidbar 16:1) The revolt of Korach against the validity of the choice of Aharon…

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In My Opinion

“…they were all distinguished men; heads of the children of Israel were they.” (Bamidbar 13:2) On the threshold of the Holy Land, the People of Israel approached Moshe and demanded…

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What Can I Do?

“Why should we be excluded from sacrificing?” (Bamidbar 9:7) When a group of Jews who were ritually impure could not participate in the korban Pesach, they complained to Moshe and…

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Blending the Spiritual With the Physical

The Maggid from Mezritch said: “The matter of Mattan Torah [The Giving of the Torah] is to draw the Ten Commandments within the Ten Utterances with which G-d created the…

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Celery Man

Shemittah gives us the opportunity to work on our bitachon, to trust in Hashem and trust in His promises. By blindly taking a year off work and leaving the rest…

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Valuable Pains

As we approach the day of Lag BaOmer, our people prepare for the celebration of the passing of Rebbi Shimon bar Yochai. Many travel to the gravesite, others prepare large…

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Like Yourself

You shall love your fellow as yourself – I am Hashem! (Vayikra 19:18) Rashi: Rabi Akiva said, “This is a fundamental rule of the Torah.” The Torah’s commandments can be…

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Cravings

Teach us, our Rabbi, at what point is a boy circumcised? On the eighth day! What is the reason? Just like Yitzchak Avinu was circumcised as the passuk says (Beresheet…

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To Admit

Moshe heard and he approved (Vayikra 10:20) The day of the inauguration of the Mishkan, Rosh Chodesh Nisan, was to be a day of joyful celebration imbued with the sanctity…

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Hakarat Hatov

One of the obligations we have Seder night is to lean. Even the poor and needy are obligated to lean (Orach Chaim 472:2) because by leaning, we are portraying that…

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Not Really Small

When a soul will bring a meal-offering to Hashem, his offering shall be of fine flour… (Vayikra 2:1) As we begin our study of Sefer Vayikra, the Torah introduces us…

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Underestimated, Overvalued

The princes brought the shoham stones and the filling stones for the Ephod and for the Choshen (Shemot 35:27). Moshe Rabbeinu delivered the good news that Hashem had forgiven the…

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