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Feb 19, 2020, 10:08 PM
A Man in the Streets and a Jew at Home (Daf Yo.Me Brachos 48)
Rabbi Yonasan Eybeschutz was one of the great Talmudic minds of the eighteenth century. Already recognized as a child prodigy, he demonstrated wisdom far beyond his years, time and again. On one occasion, the local Jewish grocer who lived...
Feb 19, 2020, 12:27 AM
You are an Ambassador of Heaven (Daf Yo.Me Brachos 47)
One of the greatest heroes of our people is Joshua. He led the Children of Israel into the Promised Land. He fought valiantly and achieved incredible military successes from north to south. At the same time, he was the...
Feb 18, 2020, 12:29 AM
Washing Your Guests’ Feet (Daf Yo.Me Brachos 46)
Avraham was 99 years old and G-d appears to him to make a covenant. A covenant not of mere words, but of the flesh. He and his descendants would circumcise themselves for all generations. Avraham, the servant of Heaven,...
Feb 16, 2020, 10:39 PM
How to Cure Bentchaphobia (Daf Yo.Me Brachos 45)
Rav and Rabbi Chiya are having lunch with Rabbi Yehuda HaNassi. Rabbi Yehuda says to Rav, “Go and wash your hands.” Not surprisingly, Rav is a little taken aback at his host’s candid comment. Sensing the awkwardness in the room, Rabbi...
Feb 16, 2020, 5:20 AM
The Secret to Overnight Success (Daf Yo.Me Brachos 44)
The Israelites had crossed the Wilderness and were on the edge of the Promised Land. In preparation for the entry, Moshe sent twelve spies to report on the country’s vulnerabilities. But instead of returning with a strategic intelligence report,...
Feb 14, 2020, 12:38 PM
Building the Crown of a Good Name (Daf Yo.Me Brachos 43)
Following the sale of Yosef, the brothers began to feel resentment towards Yehuda, the primary instigator of the plan. He finds himself separated from the family and he marries a local woman who bears him three sons. He rears...
Feb 13, 2020, 9:52 PM
Torah is the Best (ingredient for your) Sechorah (Daf Yo.Me Brachos 42)
After a close encounter with his brother Esau, Yaakov flees the country and seeks refuge with his Uncle Lavan. Lavan welcomes him into the family and offers his daughters’ hands in marriage. As part of the deal, he employs...
Feb 13, 2020, 1:06 AM
Israel, the Capital of the Planet (Daf Yo.Me Brachos 41)
HRH Prince Charles was recently on his first official state visit to Israel. One of the highlights of his trip was a reception held at the residence of the British Ambassador. The Ambassador invited a number of world-renowned Israeli...
Feb 12, 2020, 4:24 AM
Dad, can we get a dog? (Daf Yo.Me Brachos 40)
One fine Shabbos morning, a fellow enters the synagogue with a dog. The security guard stops him and says, "Pardon me, this is a shul, you can't bring your dog in here." "What do you mean," says the man, "this...
Feb 10, 2020, 8:30 PM
A Balanced Diet (Daf Yo.Me Brachos 39)
The Baal Shem Tov would travel around motivating people and inspiring them to improve their relationship with Heaven. Whenever he would pass through Minsk, he would stay at the house of a hospitable young couple who always made him...
Rabbi of Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue, London, UK.