The Crowning Touch

Author: Sefer Ahavas Chesed- Part II Chapter XII A recurring theme in fairy-tale fantasies is the granting of three wishes. Inevitably, the hero stalls on wish number three; it is his last opportunity to get anything he wants, and he knows he needs wisdom to perceive what,

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The Chesed Primer

Author: Sefer Ahavas Chesed- Part II Chapter XII Electricity is a powerful, complex force. One perceives it only in its final manifestation; it can light up a city, make factory machinery hum, empower vast computer networks or just shed a little light on the dinner table. If

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Beloved

Author: Sefer Ahavas Chesed- Part II Chapter XII Heaven holds a blessing that everyone wants, yet it is possibly the most elusive of blessings. If a person wishes to have the blessing of wealth, he can enter a profession or start a business to open up a

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Hashems’s Payroll

Author: Sefer Ahavas Chesed- Part II Chapter XII Following the directions set by the first six letters in the alef-beis, one could still be left with a major question: If Torah study and acts of kindness are to be the primary activities of a Jew’s life, how

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Good Directions

Author: Sefer Ahavas Chesed- Part II Chapter XII Alef-beis, gimmel-daled; these are road-signs that orient one’s path in life. One takes the first step with alef-beis, learning Torah. One’s feet are then automatically pointed in the direction of gimmel-daled, helping others. Rabbi Moshe Feinstein, whose advice and

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Shopping for Chesed

Author: Sefer Ahavas Chesed- Part II Chapter XI Every customer that comes into a store creates work for the storekeeper. He must show the customer the merchandise, keep adequate supplies on hand, replace what is purchased, keep the shelves orderly and keep track of the sales and

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Israel and the Tsunami Disaster

Israeli Teams Bring Number of Missing Down to 3 “Finding and identifying four bodies out of thousands of bodies lying here is something no one else was able to do.” So says Yehuda Meshi-Zahav, head of the Zaka rescue-and-recovery organization. “The Israeli delegation [in southeast Asia] has

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Why Care More?

Author: Rabbi Pinchas Morse Introduction So now that we know what caring is and what’s needed to really care (identifying with another’s needs as if they are your own) why should we want to be more caring individuals? We feel it’s a fundamental of being human, but

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Rasha

Author: Rabbi Pinchas Morse Verse The day after killing the Egyptian, Moshe came upon two Jews fighting. The verse Shemos 2:13 says “He said to the evil one, why are you hitting your friend?” Questions A question you might have is why is Moshe saying this, instead

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Puah

Author: Rabbi Pinchas Morse Miriam and Amram Pharaoh’s final decree against the Jews was to have all their newborn males thrown into the Nile. To ensure that this would be done, the babies would have to be taken from their mothers right at the time they were

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