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Jan 18, 2020, 10:16 PM
Why is the prayer service dull and impersonal? (Daf Yo.Me Brachos 16)
Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, consists of 120 members, in tribute to our latest major ruling body, The Men of the Great Assembly. These rabbis led the people during the Second Temple period and enacted many institutions that have maintained...
Jan 17, 2020, 11:48 AM
Why Is Life so Rotten? (Daf Yo.Me Brachos 15)
After being sold into slavery on account of his brothers’ enmity, Joseph is determined to do his very best to earn his master’s trust and win his freedom. His service is stellar and Potiphar’s household prospers due to Joseph. ...
Jan 17, 2020, 7:51 AM
Stop being so Pious! (Daf Yo.Me Brachos 14)
Rabbi Yehoshua ben Perachia was once traveling with his student. Upon their arrival at the hotel, the rabbi exclaimed, “What a beautiful hotel!” Thinking his teacher was making reference to the innkeeper, the student responded, “I think her eyes are...
Jan 15, 2020, 6:46 PM
Teaching our kids Midrash (Daf Yo.Me Brachos 13)
“Pharaoh was only a foot tall, right, Aba?” my yeshiva bachur asked me recently. “And King Og was a mile tall, right?” I replied. “I guess that must be hyperbole,” he admitted. “Why then, as children, were we taught these myths...
Jan 14, 2020, 8:19 PM
If everything God does is good, why bother praying? (Daf Yo.Me Brachos 12)
“The cry of Sodom and Gomorrah has become great,” declared the Almighty to Abrahm, “Since their sin has become very grave, I will descend now and wreak destruction upon them.” Abraham approached and said, "Will You even destroy the righteous...
Jan 13, 2020, 9:33 PM
Is Marriage Enjoyable or Challenging? (Daf Yo.Me Brachos 11)
Rabbi Tarfon was once travelling from Jerusalem to Lod. In ancient times, travelling alone was dangerous – there was risk of attack by highwaymen. When you were ready to take a trip, you would stand by the side of...
Jan 12, 2020, 9:48 PM
Transform Your Enemies! (Daf Yo.Me Brachos 10)
There were troublemakers in Rabbi Meir’s neighborhood who caused him a great deal of distress. Rabbi Meir prayed that they should die. His wife, Bruriah, said to him, ‘What are you thinking? Do you base yourself on the verse that...
Jan 11, 2020, 10:26 PM
To Reach the Major Leagues, First Survive the Minors (Daf Yo.Me Brachos 9)
The great Israeli leader, Natan Sharansky, grew up in the Soviet Union knowing very little about his Judaism. Following Israel’s miraculous victory in the Six Day War, his neshama began to learn more and he yearned to make aliya. ...
Jan 10, 2020, 6:45 PM
Daven at home or at shul? (Daf Yo.Me Brachos 8)
The synagogue had been struggling to get a morning minyan for some time. Reb Zundel, the shul’s rabbi for over half a century, had taken to knocking on doors each morning, to encourage minyan attendance. Arriving on the doorstep...
Jan 9, 2020, 10:15 PM
Praying into a Mirror
Daf Yo.Me Brachos 7 One Yom Kippur, Rabbi Yishmael ben Elisha, the Kohen Gadol, entered the Holy of Holies to burn the incense offering, when he saw a vision of Hashem sitting on His throne of glory. “Yishmael, my son, bless...
Rabbi of Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue, London, UK.