Means Vs End

“And Yaakov was very frightened and distressed.” (Genesis 32:7) Rashi comments that Yaakov was frightened lest he or members of his family be killed, and he was distressed that he might be forced to kill others. Rabbi Moshe Feinstein asks: Why was Yaakov distressed that he might

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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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Parshas Vayikra- The Gate of Prayer

“And God called to Moses…” (Leviticus 1:1) Rosh in his commentary to the Torah explains that the aleph in the word vayikra, with which the third book of Torah begins, is reduced in size to reflect the humility of Moses. Remaining to be understood is why this

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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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The Body, The Soul and The Afterlife

Author: Rabbi Mark Spiro Introduction: Joke: Is there baseball in heaven There seems to be a great deal of interest in the afterlife In spite of the fact that we’re such a hands-on society Best sellers: R. Moody, Many Lives, Saved by Light Ask: Have people read

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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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Rapid Rise of Mega-donors Reshapes Communal World

Author: Nathaniel Popper If it had not been for Warren Buffett’s charitable gift of $43.5 billion last year, the world might have taken more notice of the year’s next three largest gifts — all of which were given by Jewish philanthropists.The two largest donations after Buffet were

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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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Loving Kindness Day 81 – Saying it Aloud

SEFER AHAVAS CHESED — Part II Chapter XVI “Talk is cheap,” says the world. When that talk is a pledge to charity, however, it is far from cheap. It is almost as valuable as the act of giving itself. The Chofetz Chaim relates that when a person makes a

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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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SEFER AHAVAS CHESED – Part III Chapter IV

The time comes, and a person wishes to leave instructions for thehandling of his estate. He understands that the money he leaves for charity is the only bequest with the power to deliver riches to his door in the World to Come. The instructions he gives, the

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SEFER AHAVAS CHESED – Part II Chapter XXIII

Some people give charity just because they are supposed to do so. Most people, however, have other motives as well. It brings honor and recognition, protects one’s family, acts as a merit for recovery from illness, brings forgiveness for sins and provides many other tangible and spiritual

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TZEDAKA WORKSHOP

MADRICH GUIDE 1. HOW IT WORKS Every participant receives package of sheets below. It’s good to have the room set up like a board room meeting, with sheets, pencil, pad of paper and water already set around the table. Each participant reads the material and decides his

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Close Calls

Author: Sefer Ahavas Chesed Day 35 – Close Calls SEFER AHAVAS CHESED – Part II Chapter IX Most people envision charity as something one gives to strangers. It seems especially laudable to share one’s money with people outside one’s circle of family and friends. Certainly, supporting charitable

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The 8 Levels of Tzedaka

The Shulchan Aruch, Yoreh Deah, 249.6-13 To give a gift or loan, or join in a partnership, or find the poor person work in order to “strengthen his hand” that he will not need people and not need to beg…I.e. “give a man a fish you feed

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Money Matters

As I waited for a bus the other day, a car stopped in front of me at a traffic light.  The teen-age boys inside stared at me and smiled – in a peculiar way that I, an identifiably Orthodox Jew, have come to recognize as something other

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Building Better Community Through Tzedakah: Source Book

Author: Rabbi Alexander Seinfeld Building Better Community Through Tzedakah: Source Book Jewish Community Federation Campaign Staff Retreat, August 27, 2001Facilitated by: Rabbi Alexander Seinfeld Aish Hatorah of San Francisco and the Greater Bay Area2275 Ramona St.Palo Alto, CA 94301(650) 566-9000bayarea@aish.comwww.aish.comCOMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT THROUGH TZEDAKA: AN INSPIRATIONAL LOOK AT

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