Table Talk

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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You Can Choose Your Friends

Then they said, ‘This is your god, Israel, which brought you up from the land of Egypt’ (Shemot 32:4). In this week’s parashah, the Torah relates one of the darkest…

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Wipeout

Remember what Amalek did to you… that he met you on the way and he struck those of you who were lagging behind… when you were faint and exhausted… (Devarim…

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Put Your Heart Into It

“…[F]rom every man whose heart motivates him you shall take my portion.” (Shemot 25:2) In order to build the Mishkan, the Torah requires, on the one hand, expensive items such…

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With His Permission

If men quarrel and one strikes another with a stone or his fist, and he does not die but falls into bed; if he gets up and goes about outside…

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Ready to Learn

Moshe went out to meet his father in law, and he bowed before him and kissed him, and each inquired about the other’s well-being… and Aharon and all the elders…

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Room for Error

And Pharaoh and his people had a change of heart regarding the nation, and they said, “What is this that we have done that we have sent away Israel from…

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It’s a Sin to Waste

Every first-born donkey, you shall redeem with a lamb or a goat. If you do not redeem it, you shall axe the back of its neck (Shemot 13:13) At the…

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So That You’ll Know

“Through this you shall know that I am Hashem…” (Shemot 7:17) The 10 plagues brought upon the Egyptians followed a pattern. Two plagues were preceded by a warning to Pharaoh…

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