Children and Sacrifices

based on teachings of Rav Yaakov Weinberg zt’l No, we will not be discussing child sacrifice, but rather, the sacrifices parents make for their children. If we had to link two commandments in the Torah, there are many that would come to mind easily. What about the

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That Tricky Yatzer Hara

Vayikra 1:2 Speak to the Bney Yisroel and say to them: when a man/adam from you will bring an offering to Hashem from animals, from cattle or from the flock you should bring your sacrifice. Rashi says that the phrase “Ki Yakriv” teaches us that this Pasuk refers

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Thoughts on Korbanot

Thoughts on Korbonos. 1. Once, at the Chumash Shiur on Shabbos, he asked if we knew the famous Rambam about Korbonos. When he got a fairly negative response from the assembled, he said something to the effect of ‘you are fortunate’ (not to have heard the Rambam’s

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Understanding Korbanot

I. Beginning to learn 1. Explain some of the background: The Jews in the desert were commanded to build a “mishkan,” a temple, or literally, a home for G-d’s presence. The temple was built with the donations of all the Jewish people. When the temple was finished

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The Mitzvah of Tzeduka

The parsha discusses the mitzvo of tzedaka and promises a special bracha to one who fulfils this mitzvo b’simcha: “You will surely give to him [the poor man] and you should not feel bad in your heart when giving him; because of this thing (davar hazeh) Hashem,

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Jews Among Top US Givers

Author: Jacob Berkman Jews take 5 of top 6 spots in annual list of top US givers By JACOB BERKMAN / JTA  02/09/2011 17:05  19 of 53 on Chronicle of Philanthropy survey are Jewish, though less than one quarter of money given goes to overtly Jewish causes. Talkbacks (12)

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Tzedaka Quotes

Kindness and tzeddekah are the safeguards of riches – Kesubos 66b Tzeddekah lengthens the days and years of man.  Tanna de’Bei Eliyahu Zutta 1 Tzeddekah tears up all evil decrees.    Zohar   2:20a No man is ever impoverished by giving tzeddekah, nor is harm ever caused by it. 

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Supporting the Supporter

“Take for me an offering.” (Exodus 25:2) The donations requested of the Israelites for the construction of theMishkan (tabernacle) are described as being “taken” rather than “given.”What does that mean? Moreover, God is the Master of the Universe and allthat it contains. Did He need contributions and

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Locked Doors

Author: Sefer Ahavas Chesed – Part II Chapter IV footnotes Doublethink is a word coined to describe the process of convincing oneself that something is exactly the opposite of what it really is. With the yetzer hara’s able assistance, an entire town can convince itself that kindness

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Ways to Give

Author: Sefer Ahavas Chesed Day 104 – Ways to Give SEFER AHAVAS CHESED – Part II Chapter XIX Anyone who has ever encountered a pile of charity solicitations in his mailbox knows that the world is a needy place. The Chofetz Chaim explains that some of these

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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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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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