This week we read the Torah portion of Bereishit / Genesis, and in it we learn about the Sin of Adam and Eve. The Ben Ish Chai shares what we can do, so to speak, to rectify the sin of eating from the tree of knowledge.Read more
From the teachings of ‘Anaf Yosef’ based on a Midrash – We see, regarding the 4 species of the Sukkot Holiday, that there is more than meets the eye – Rabbi Aaron Pessin shares a beautiful insight into the Etrog, Lulav, Hadas and Arava.Read more
During confession on this holy day of Yom Kippur, we bang our chest. However, we also occasionally sing the confession – We sinned, and now we are singing about it? Rabbi Pessin reveals the joy that lies behind the commandment of teshuvah (repentance)Read more
A man came to a Rabbi (Rabbi Yisrael Salanter) for advice – this man had fallen so low in sin, that he feared that he had reached a point of no return. The Rabbi gave him a shocking answer. Rabbi Aaron Pessin shares this important message for all.Read more
Rabbi Yehezkel Abramsky used to say that our fast day of Tisha B’Av reminds him of old people at an old age home. What do people do at an old age home? They sit around in their slippers, think and talk about food all day long. Is that what we should be doing on this day? Rabbi Pessin shares the words of our prophets which give insight into what God really wants from us…Read more
In the Torah portion of Chukat we read about the song that the Jewish people sung in celebration and thanksgiving for the well that followed them and provided water for them, through out their journey in the desert – however, there is another place in the Torah when the Jews also sing a song of Thanks to God, but there is a difference in the wording of these 2 verses. Why is that? Rabbi Ari Enkin shares the lesson.Read more
“There’s an Eye that sees and an Ear that listens” and ‘Everything is being recorded’ – Why is this important to know,? Betzalel Alcide, a convert to Judaism, shares a special message that is found within this verse.Read more
So what is the secret to living a more enjoyable and meaningful life?
Benyamin Patino shares a short message
The Talmud from over 2000 years ago tells a fascinating story about Rabbah bar bar Hana, who was on a boat in the ocean, and happened upon an island. Little did he know, that this island was the back of a giant fish. They stopped the boat for a break, and took out a barbecue to cook some food. The heat from the fire triggered the fish, and it flipped over. Had it not been for the boat near by, they would have drowned. The Netivot HaMishpat, (a great Rabbi from around 250 years ago) explains the parable to be referring to what will be when the Jews finally make their return to Israel, the land of Israel…Read more
In the Torah portion of BeHa’alotcha we read about the holy trumpets, that were used to announce the holidays and /or to call the people to war. There was a unique aspect to the requirements of the trumpets, in that it must be made from one single piece of silver. It must be hammered out. There were two other utensils with the same requirement, that was the Menorah and the Cherubs. What lesson can we learn from this unusual requirement placed on these 3 utensils?
Rabbi Ari Enkin shares.