The Art Of Listening

“Moses’ father-in-law Jethro, sheik of Midian, heard about all that God had done for Moses and His people Israel when He brought Israel out of Egypt.” (Exodus 18:1) What did Jethro hear about that made him come? The Splitting of the Sea and the war with Amalek (Rashi).

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Ethics of Speech

On Rosh HaShana blow 100, 4 groups: three of thirty – murder, adultery, idol worship, last 10 are for Loshon Hora. Loshon Hora is likened to these three most horrible sins, it is the last , therefore it contains the essence of human failure. What is Loshon

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JUICY GOSSIP

Author: Rabbi Stephen Baars What is it about gossip that people find so enjoyable?Do you say things about people that you would not want them to say about you? Why? Do you think there is anything wrong about gossip?Who gets hurt the most: the speaker, the listener,

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Why the Negative?

Author: Rabbi Pinchas Morse The Chumash tells us what happens if we don’t care about each other.Verse The day after he killed the Egyptian, Moshe came upon two Jews fighting (Dasan and Aviram) and tried to intervene. They responded insolently to him and asked if he intended to kill the protagonist as he

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Confidentiality

Author: Rabbi Marc Friedman Speech has power. Judaism says that it differentiates us from the animals-our ability to communicate intelligent thoughts elevates us. (Targum Onkelos Breishet 2:7) And yet, as with anything powerful, the flip side is something to be aware of. We look at the tongue

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Lying

Rabbi Tanchum Burton LYING[1] Alex is the director of the chemicals division of a large company. He is informed that a team of internal auditors from headquarters will arrive at his door for an audit in 48 hours. His staff prepares as best they can. The day

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Loud Libraries

(Based on the teachings of Rav Yaakov Weinberg zt’l) Loud Libraries Libraries are usually quiet places to allow for contemplation and concentration. Yet, if you walk into a Torah study hall, you may be surprised at the decibel level and the noise. Why is it that Jews

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Day 105-The Folly of Revenge

Author: Sefer Chofetz Chaim SEFER SHMIRAS HALOSHON The Folly of Revenge The Sages teach that a single Jew’s sin adversely affects the entire Jewishpeople. This is because, as mentioned above, all Jews stem from a singlesource and are like one. When one organ of a body is

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The Art of Manipulation

A few years ago I was attending a conference, and I heard a talk by Bob Burg, a motivational speaker and lecturer who specializes, I think, in sales, marketing and communication strategies that promote professional success. The title of the book which he handed out at the

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Truth and Consequences

Author: Rabbi Ari Kahn and Sam Veffer Distance yourself from a false matter; and do not commit to death the innocent and righteous, for I will not justify the wicked.(Exodus 23:7) Define the Terms The Torah is the source of Jewish Law but very often it appears

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Judaism Today

The Ten Pillars Maintain a Constant Relationship with G-d/Reality (“Know there is a G-d”) Know there is a G-d (P1) Don’t believe in any other powers (N8) Know that G-d is One (P2) Love G-d (P3) Be in Awe of G-d (P4) Safeguard Judaism/Monotheism (“Don’t believe in

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Death Mourning

Mourning[1] The address was right but was I at the right house? There were many cars parked in front, people hanging out on the porch joking around, with a drink in one hand and a plate of pastries in the other. It was very loud. ‘Nice party’,

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Why is the Torah Against Cremation?

“Why should a Jew not do a cremation and instead have a traditional burial?”: Rabbi Lamm deals with it at the beginning of his book “the Jewish Way in death and mourning”. His main arguments are as follows: 1)    Burning is destroying. In the same way we don’t

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Parshas Chukat – Death and Life

This week’s parsha relates the mitzvah of the Red Heiffer, which purifies a person who has come into contact with a dead body. This Parsha also contains the deaths of Aaron and Miriam explicitly and Moshe’s death sentence implicitly, through his disobeying G-d at the Waters of

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Wedding

Growing up in Communist Russia, my parents were not able to perform a Jewish wedding. The rabbis had been killed, exiled, or ‘disappeared’ long ago, and no one even really knew what a Jewish wedding was.  Yet my parents – and especially my mother’s parents – always told me

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The Jewish Wedding

To give expression to the deepest significance and purpose of marriage, a traditional Jewish wedding is full of meaningful rituals. These rituals symbolize the beauty of the relationship of husband and wife, as well as their obligations to each other and to the Jewish People. The following

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Chosson Guide – For Yeshiva Guys

  Dear Chasan, Mazal tov to you and your Kallah!  Along with our Brachos, we’d like to make you and your Shomer aware of a few details that should make planning your wedding easier. Chazal teaches us that something will inevitably go wrong at every wedding.  It’s

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The Wedding Of…

The Wedding ofJudith Lisa Dodd&Ross GoralnickSunday, October 29th, 2000 Dear Family and Friends, We are delighted and honored to share the Simcha of our wedding with you. A Jewish wedding includes time-honored traditions and hallowed ceremonies. Judaism teaches that a wedding is a communal event as well

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Bar Mitzvah Gift Ideas

I have given nice silver and wood tzedaka boxes to a few kids who really like them and the parents told me it was the most appreciated gift the kid got. Rabbi Akiva Tatz has something called “The Thinking Jewish Teenagers guide to life”, and it’s really

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Bar/Bat Mitzva

…. Lisa N. marked her [Bas Mitzvah] with a Titanic theme party in Pittsburgh, Pa. According to the Associated Press, the ballroom in one of the city’s fanciest hotels was transformed into the luxury liner with 12-foot steaming smokestacks at the buffet table, phosphorescent artificial icebergs, crystal candelabras and replicas

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