Table Talk

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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Balance

“But as much as they would afflict it, so it would increase and so it would spread out…” (Shemot 1:12) The Pharaoh of Egypt was faced with a political dilemma.…

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Parashat Vayechi

So, they instructed that Yosef be told, “Your father gave orders before his death, saying: ‘… kindly forgive the spiteful deed of your brothers…’” And Yosef wept when they spoke…

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Constructive Criticism

“I am Yosef! Is my father still alive?”(Bereishis 45:3) The art of reproof is indeed a job for a specialist, yet, the Torah commands everyone to reprove a friend for…

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Know Your Enemy

For when the Greeks entered the Temple, they defiled all the oils therein, and when the Hasmonean dynasty prevailed against and defeated them, they made search and found only one…

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Right in Front of Your Nose

A Chanukah light that one placed above 20 amot (cubits) from the ground is invalid (Shabbat 22a) Then they took him, and cast him into the pit; the pit was…

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Not to Ask Why

I have been diminished by all the kindness and by all the truth that You have done Your servant (Beresheet 32:11) Hashem promised Yaakov that He would protect him from…

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Parashat Vayetzei: Invisible Shield

“And behold! Hashem was standing over him…” (Beresheet 28:13) When Rivkah became aware of Esav’s intention to murder Yaakov, she convinced Yitzchak to instruct Yaakov to leave home to go…

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