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S.E.M. Torah – Chayei Sarah 5774

Parshat (English) Mrs. Nili Turetsky

(Hebrew) גמילות חסדים בתורה ובחיינו By: Rav Yechezkel Yakovson


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Who Needs A Woman? A D’Var Torah on Parshat Chayei Sarah

A Moment of Torah: Chayei Sarah Season 2

A Moment of Torah: Chayei Sarah – Genesis, 23:1 – 25:18


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Rav Aryeh Hendler of Yeshivat Shaalvim, leading his chassidim in the singing of Lecha Dodi in the old shul in Tikochin, Poland, August 2008.

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Parshat Vayikra opens the third book of Torah by outlining korban, burnt offerings. Rabbi Ari Strulowitz of Midwest NCSY, interprets the wording of the second verse: “a man from AMONG you brings a sacrifice.”
While some mitzvot are must-do’s but many others are voluntary, and so perhaps this sacrifice is a voluntary one. Why does this matter? Find out!

שיעור דבר מלכות לנשים, פרשת

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לשיעורים נוספים .

בואי והצטרפי אלינו למסע רוחני ומיוחד עם הרבה שמחה, אהבה ותפילה.
לכל קברות הצדיקים באוקראינה-
רבי נחמן מאומן, הבעל שם טוב הקדוש, רבי נתן, רבי לוי יצחק מברדיצ’ב, רבי אברהם בר ברוך,
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והכל במחירים הכל זולים בארץ!!אוכל כשר!! ותנאים מעולים!!
התקשרי עכשיו לברר על הנסיעה הקרובה ובעז”ה תראי ניסים וישועות!!

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On Loan
Iyar 20, 5774 · May 20, 2014


Children have a way of pushing buttons.

And when they push a certain button at a certain time with a certain degree of intensity, the result may be the desire to give that child the punishment he deserves.

A chassid once wrote to the Rebbe that he had a hard time restraining himself from hitting his child, even though that was not the way he wanted to raise him.

The Rebbe responded, “Imagine if this was your neighbor’s child. Would you ever consider lifting your hand to another’s child?”

In truth, our children are not our own. They were entrusted to our care as a loan, given to us by G‑d to raise and care for.

When Chanah, the mother of Samuel the prophet, was thanking G‑d for her child after many years of infertility, she said, “This is the child that I prayed for, for G‑d has given me what I asked for.” The Hebrew word for asked, sha’alah, can also mean “borrowed.”

Chana was cognizant that this precious son that she was to care for was not her own, but rather a loan that G‑d had entrusted to her.

Thoughtstream: Today, I will take care of my child carefully and lovingly, for G‑d has entrusted me with the most precious loan.

(Adapted from Torat Menachem 5744, vol. 1, p. 159.)

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Machon Meir for over the last 35 years has been a place for all of Am Yisrael to come and learn more about their Jewish roots. It is a place to get a deeper understanding of what it means to be part of the Nation of Israel and the importance of living in the Land of Israel. Since its inception it has grown to become more than just a center for Jewish learning. It now has expanded into a facility that has over 600 students with classes in Hebrew, English, Russian, French and Spanish. Its main student body is made up of Israelis, which is great for the student from abroad to be able to get a first hand feel of what the Israeli Religious culture is like. It also has thousands of Alumni who frequently visit Machon Meir and stay in personal contact with their Rabbis.
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WEEKLY TORAH FOR KIDS: Parshat Chayei Sarah

Cheshvan 19, 5775 · November 12, 2014
Just How Fast?

“Welcome,” Ben said as he showed of his bedroom to his friend Michael, who had come to stay at his home for Shabbat.

“Hmmm,” Michael said as he looked around.

Ben’s mother had been very happy that, at least for once, Ben’s bedroom had been tidied up by Ben himself.

“Here is my new computer,” Ben said proudly. “It has 4 gig RAM and a 500 gig hard drive.”

“It must be pretty fast,” Michael said. “I bet you don’t have to wait long for things to start up when you turn it on!”

“My parents tell me that only twenty years ago most people didn’t have a computer in their house,” Michael said, “and today almost everyone has one and they are getting faster and faster.”

“I wonder what people did on a Sunday afternoon,” Ben said. “How was it back then without Pentium Three or Inter-Core processors?”

“Well,” Michael said, “if you think that’s bad, let’s go back one hundred years when most people didn’t have cars and there were no planes…”

“People must have been kind of stuck in one place,” Ben said. “They had no idea that things could be moving so quickly in just a few years!”

“But you know,” Michael said, “not everything went so slow.”

“Why do you say that?” asked Ben.

“This week’s Torah reading speaks about how Abraham’s right-hand man, Eliezer, managed to make a trip that would normally take many days and he did it in just one day,” Michael said.

“How did he do that?” asked Michael.

“He was going to find a wife for Isaac. Rashi’s commentary says that G‑d helped him travel very fast. It was a kind of miracle. He set out on the journey, and then, suddenly, he had arrived!”

“So you mean he had a million gig RAM journey?” said Michael.

“Yes,” said Ben. “And because of that quick journey, he was more quickly able to find Rebecca who would be a wife for Isaac.”

“I suppose,” Michael said, “that the gigs and RAMS and cars and planes are good things because they can help us do good things quicker, like Eliezer traveling to find a wife for Isaac.”

“Yes,” said Ben, “they are like our miracles today, helping us do good things.” Update

1 Week Left to Enter the Power of Jewish Children Contest

Cheshvan 18, 5775 · November 11, 2014
Hey Kids!

Submissions to the Power of Jewish Kids contest are pouring in from all over the world, but it’s not too late—there’s still time to join.This is your chance to inspire others. Whether you are bettering the world by supporting an existing organization, or you invented your own project, you are eligible.

Need ideas? Check out some previous entries and ideas here.

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Parshat Pekudei (10/03/10)  Machon MeirMachon Meir  ENGLISH  :MeirTV English

Rabbi Dov Begon

For over 35 years, Machon Meir has become known throughout Israel as the place to get a deeper understanding what it truly means to be a member of the Jewish people. It has also become the landing point for many new immigrants from all over the world because of the institute’s encouragement of living in the Land of Israel. Machon Meir has also created a strategy to distribute Torah worldwide through their media channel, Arutz Meir. Since it began, Arutz Meir has debuted a range of television series and archived over 25,000 classes which are constantly being updated and viewed daily throughout the world in 5 different languages. With a variety of topics and discussions led by renowned Jewish scholars, our viewers will surely find a class that will create sparks of inspiration. Whether you are looking to connect to your Jewish heritage or you are simply seeking out answers, we exist to imbue the words of Torah and engage our viewers with real and meaningful

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Rabbi Dov Begon

“За чашкой чая”
Беседа в тёплой, неформальной обстановке о том,
как современный интеллигентный слушатель воспринимает нашу традицию.
В передаче мы попробуем получить ответы на непростые вопросы,
которые еврейский народ задаёт уже не первое тысячелетие.
Присоединяйтесь, приходите к нам на чашечку чая.
Не стесняйтесь, чувствуйте себя как дома!
Из цикла передач “За Чашкой Чая” 96-го канала из Иерусалима.
Наша Традиция на вашем языке!

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Rabbi Dov Bigon

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TORAH STUDIES: Parshat Chayei Sarah

Cheshvan 19, 5775 · November 12, 2014
Chayei Sarah

Although this Sidra is entitled “The Life of Sarah,” it really commences with her death and with the sentence, “And the life of Sarah was 100 years and 20 years and 7 years: These were the years of the life of Sarah.” This highly repetitious wording exercised the Midrashic commentators, who gave three explanations, each emphasizing that the Torah is here praising Sarah for her perfection. The Rebbe examines these explanations, showing how each subtly stresses a different aspect of this perfection; and how, in general, righteousness lifts a person above the vicissitudes of time.

1. The First Midrash

“And the life of Sarah was 100 years and 20 years and 7 years: These were the years of the life of Sarah.”1 On this verse the Midrash2 comments:

“G-d knows the days of the perfect and their inheritance shall be for ever;”3 just as they are perfect so are their years perfect. At 20 she (Sarah) was as beautiful as at seven; at 100 she was as free from sin as at 20.”

(Another reading has it that she was as beautiful at 100 as at 20, and as sinless at 20 as at 7.)

The commentators, including Rashi, explain that the Midrash is commenting on the threefold repetition of the word “years,” where the phrase “127 years” would have sufficed. And it cites the verse “G-d knows the days of the perfect,” making play of the phrase, which could also mean “the perfect days”: Suggesting that each day in the life of the righteous is perfect in itself. And this is reinforced by the verse about Sarah, whose wording suggests that all her years were equal in their perfection.

But there are difficulties in this explanation:

(i) The expression of the Midrash is “just as they are perfect, so their years are perfect.” But if perfection here means freedom from sin, then the perfection of the person and of his days are one and the same thing. But the Midrash in using the language of comparison (“just as”) suggests they are two distinct things.

If, on the other hand, perfection denotes physical beauty, then the Midrash is surely difficult to understand for though Sarah may have been as beautiful at 100 as she was at 20, this was not true of all the intervening period, for there was a time when Sarah was “withered.”4 So at 100 she may have been perfect but her years (i.e., the period until then) were not.

(ii) The very phrase “their years are perfect?” is strange, for normally this would be taken to be related to the years themselves. But the Midrash here is unusually taking it to refer to the perfection of the person during these years.

(iii) The Midrash seems to make an unwarranted transition from the phrase “the days of the perfect” to the phrase “so their years are perfect.” Although this verse mentioning “days” is quoted in order to explain the word “years” in the verse from our Sidra, surely it would be more consistent to use the word “days” in explaining the verse discussing “the days of the perfect.”

2. The Second Midrash

After its first explanation, the Midrash adds another: “An alternative explanation is: ‘G-d knows the days of the perfect’; this refers to Sarah who was perfect in her actions. Rabbi Jochanan said: Like a perfect calf.”

At first glance there are two differences between this and the earlier comment:

(a) the first reading takes “perfect” to apply to “days” while the second applies it to people;

(b) the first understands perfection as comprising all attributes (including the purely physical trait of beauty), but the second relates it to good deeds alone.

But there are problems even in the second Midrash:

(i) Surely the second comment should add something to our understanding of the verse “G-d knows the days of the perfect.” But what, in effect, does the second comment contain that is not obvious (i.e., that only one who is perfect indeed can be considered perfect)?

(ii) What does Rabbi Jochanan’s comment “like a perfect calf” add to our understanding of what preceded it?

(iii) The Midrash, in saying of the verse from the Psalms, “this refers to Sarah” seems to be explaining that verse rather than the verse from our Sidra which it set out to elucidate.

3. The Third Midrash

After explaining the threefold repetition of the word “years” in our verse, the Midrash then comments on the apparently redundant phrase “these were the years of the life of Sarah,” and relates it to the second phrase of the verse from Psalms, “and their inheritance shall be forever.”

“Why did the Torah need to add, ‘these were the years of the life of Sarah?’ To tell us that the lives of the righteous are precious to G-d, both in this world and in the world to come.”

But this too requires explanation:

(i) It is obvious that the righteous have a share in the world to come, and even that their future life is precious to G-d. Why then did the Midrash need to tell us this, and bring a verse from the Psalms to prove it?

(ii) Granted that the future life is hinted at by the repetition “And the life of Sarah was…; these were the years of the life of Sarah” (suggesting two lives, in this world and the next); but how from this verse do we learn the additional point that the lives of the righteous in the world to come are precious to G-d?

(iii) What is the connection between the two apparently unrelated interpretations of the last phrase of the verse: The simple meaning, that it refers to Sarah’s life in this world; and the Midrashic explanation, that it speaks of her future life?

4. The Preservation of Perfection

We will understand all these points if we first consider the following: When a man finds himself in an environment detrimental to his standards, there are three ways in which he can preserve his integrity:

(i) He can strengthen himself inwardly not to be influenced by his surroundings. But this is an incomplete victory, for if he were to relax his self-control he would capitulate, thus implying a lowering of status.

(ii) He can separate himself from those around him. But again his victory is only because he has removed himself from temptation: He has not met it head-on, and is as prone as ever to be lowered.

(iii) Lastly, he can set out to influence his environment and raise it to his own level.5This is a complete triumph over one’s surroundings—the dangers have not only been avoided, they have been removed entirely.

In the same way a man can preserve himself from change in the face of sin and even physical decay. He can master the ravages of time.

Firstly by strengthening himself spiritually he can discountenance the blandishments of the material world. But here the possibility of sin remains, warded off only by constant vigilance. This is why the Midrash in speaking of Sarah says that when she was 100 she was like she was at 20—at this level there is only a resemblance, not an identity, of old age to youth.

Secondly, by living the life fired by the essence of the soul rather than by its manifest levels (i.e., by retreat from the physical), one can transcend time and its bodily effects. But this again is an impermanent state, for the body retains its predilection for materialism.

Lastly, when the perceptions of the soul permeate the body and all its actions, one’s physical nature is not suppressed but transformed, and the whole being partakes of the timelessness of the spirit in its relations with G-d. The possibility of sin does not arise.

5. The Constancy of Sarah

This is why the Midrash explains that Sarah was, at 100, like she was at 20, only after it has cited the verse from Psalms and added, “just as they are perfect so their years are perfect.” Only by perfection of a life comes that state of changelessness which characterized Sarah. And the repetition of the word “years” in the Sidra tells us that each total (100, 20 and 7) is compared to the others: At 100 Sarah was as far from the possibility of sin as she was at 20 or at 7. In other words, she had attained the highest of the three degrees of integrity.

But how can we reconcile this with the fact that she did undergo changes, and that there was a time when she lost her beauty? The word “shnotam” which means “their years” also means “their changes.”6 So the Midrash may subtly be telling us also that even “their changes were perfect.” Even though (and indeed, because) externally the righteous alter and undergo vicissitudes, these ultimately serve only to reveal their underlying constancy, as the light of their souls shines undimmed.

6. The Final Perfection

It has often been explained that the righteous “go from strength to strength”7—meaning that their life is (not merely progression within one level, but) a progression to infinitely higher levels of faithfulness. How then can it be to Sarah’s praise that all her years were equal in their excellence? Surely this implies the absence of such a degree of progress?

This is the problem that the second Midrash comes to solve. By telling us that at the point of her death Sarah achieved “perfection in her actions,” it discloses that she then reached that level of perfection and closeness to G-d that retroactively perfects all her previous actions (just as true repentance transforms the sins of the past into merits).8

The second Midrash thus goes beyond the first—for the first speaks of an attribute common to all the perfectly righteous figures of history; the second refers to Sarah alone (“this refers to Sarah”), that she transcended this level and actually transformed her earlier actions by her final repentance. And this was why Rabbi Jochanan added the analogy of the “perfect calf,” for it was by the sacrifice of a calf (the Eglah Arufah9) that atonement was retroactively made for all the Children of Israel since their exodus from Egypt.10

7. The Premature Death

But still a problem remains.

Each life has its allotted span, and that limit defines the work which that life has to seek to achieve. But Sarah died prematurely, for, as the Rabbis say, “her soul fainted away”11 when she heard the news of the binding of Isaac (through grief at the binding12 or through excessive joy13). If she did not live to complete her span and its task, how can we call her life perfect?

To answer this, the Midrash tells us, the Torah adds “these were the years of the life of Sarah,” because “the lives of the righteous are precious to G-d both in this world and the next.” In other words, the righteous who die before their time can complete their work, even in the after-life. Just as the reward for the creation of spiritual benefits is ascribed to the deceased,14 and the good acts of one’s child helps a departed parent.15

8. The Everlasting Spirit

One final difficulty persists. Time in this life is granted to us, not merely to achieve a certain amount of good works, but also so that time itself be sanctified by our actions. A day filled with Mitzvot is a day which has been made to fulfill its purpose. So even though Sarah could complete her task in other-worldly domains, this-worldly time remained unsanctified and imperfect.

This is why the verse, after mentioning the years of Sarah’s life, then continues: “These are the years of the life of Sarah,” referring, as the Midrash tells us, to her after-life. Since the Torah reckons even this as a continuation of her years, it is telling us that her sanctifying influence persisted in time even after her death. The perfect life does not end in death: It sanctifies all that comes after it.

(Source: Likkutei Sichot, Vol. V pp. 92-104)


Cheshvan 19, 5775 · November 12, 2014
Chayei Sarah
Genesis 23:1-25:18


Sarah dies at age 127 and is buried in the Machpeilah Cave in Hebron, which Abraham purchases from Ephron the Hittite for 400 shekels of silver.

Abraham’s servant, Eliezer, is sent laden withgifts to Charan to find a wife for Isaac. At the village well, Eliezer asks G-d for a sign: when the maidens come to the well, he will ask for some water to drink; the woman who will offer to give his camels to drink as well, shall be the one destined for his master’s son.

Rebecca, the daughter of Abraham’s nephewBethuel, appears at the well and passes the “test”. Eliezer is invited to their home, where he repeats the story of the day’s events. Rebecca returns with Eliezer to the land of Canaan, where they encounter Isaac praying in the field. Isaac marries Rebecca, loves her, and is comforted over the loss of his mother.

Abraham takes a new wife, Keturah (Hagar) and fathers six additional sons, but Isaac is designated as his only heir. Abraham dies at age 175 and is buried beside Sarah by his two eldest sons, Isaac and Ishmael.

WEEKLY ALIYOT: Parshat Chayei Sarah

Chayei Sarah Aliya Summary

General Overview: In this week’s Torah reading, Chayei Sarah, Sarah dies and Abraham purchases the Cave of Machpela as a burial plot for his wife. Abraham’s servant travels to Aram to find a wife for Isaac. Isaac marries Rebecca. Abraham dies.

First Aliyah: Sarah died at the age of 127, and her grieving husband Abraham identified a plot in the city of Hebron that he wished to procure for use as a family burial ground. This plot, a cave situated in the Machpela field, belonged to Ephron the Hittite, so Abraham approached the Hittite tribe and asked for permission to purchase the parcel of land. Originally Ephron wished to give the plot to Abraham as a gift, but after Abraham insisted on paying full price the acquisition was concluded with Abraham paying 400 premium silver coins.

Second Aliyah: Having acquired the land, Abraham buried Sarah in the Cave of Machpela. At this point, Abraham summoned his servant and charged him with the mission of finding a suitable wife for his son Isaac. Abraham had his servant swear that he would not take a wife for Isaac from the local Canaanite women. Instead, he asked him to travel to Aram, his native land, and find a wife for Isaac there.

Third Aliyah: The servant set out for his master’s homeland and evening time found him beside the city well. He prayed for success in his mission, and asked for a heavenly sign to confirm his choice of a girl for Isaac. He would ask a maiden for a drink of water, and the one who would answer: “Certainly, and I’ll also give your camels to drink as well,” would be the proper choice for Isaac. Immediately a young lady approached and in response to the servant’s request for a drink, she offered to give his camels to drink too. Upon questioning her, he discovered that she was Abraham’s great-niece, Rebecca.

Fourth Aliyah: Rebecca ran to tell her family about the man at the well, and her brother, Laban, went out, greeted the servant, and invited him to spend the night. The servant told Rebecca’s family the purpose of his mission to the city, and recounted the heavenly sign that designated Rebecca as his master’s son’s wife. Rebecca’s family agreed that the match was divinely ordained, and consented to the proposed match.

Fifth Aliyah: Rebecca’s family celebrates the engagement together with Abraham’s servant. Next morning, the servant insisted on immediately returning to his master with the maiden in hand, and after Rebecca agreed, the two set out for Canaan. Isaac married Rebecca, loved her, and finally found consolation for the loss of his mother.

Sixth Aliyah: Abraham remarried and fathered several more children. Before his death, however, Abraham gave gifts to his other children and sent them all away, and bequeathed all the rest of his possessions to Isaac. Abraham died at the age of 175, and was buried by Isaac and Ishmael in the cave of Machpela beside his wife, Sarah.

Seventh Aliyah: Ishmael’s progeny are detailed in this section. Ishmael passed away at the age of 137.


PARSHAH PICKS: The Beauty of Sarah (Chayei Sarah)

Cheshvan 19, 5775 · November 12, 2014
General Overview:


In this week’s Torah reading, Chayei Sarah, Sarah dies and Abraham purchases the Cave of Machpela as a burial plot for his wife. Abraham’s servant travels to Aram to find a wife for Isaac. Isaac marries Rebecca. Abraham dies.


This Week’s Features  

By Sara Tzafona

Genesis 23:1–25:18

Sarah passes away, and Abraham purchases the Cave of Machpelah for her resting place. Eliezer is sent to find a wife for Isaac, and he meets Rebecca, who treats him and his camels with kindness and generosity. Isaac and Rebecca marry; Abraham dies and is buried next to his wife Sarah.

In a final summation of Sarah’s life, the Torah tells us two things—that she was beautiful and that she had a flawless character—her two great qualities juxtaposed.

By Rochel Holzkenner
No name, no identity, no “Harvard Grad ’86, Yale ’89, fed the starving in Albania in ’97, joined the March for the Homeless 2000, top executive in a Fortune 500 company, board member at the local JCC, plays golf to support the local Hadassah chapter, and has a wonderful relationship with his three exes…”

By Levi Avtzon
Had Isaac and Rebecca met in the modern age, their courtship might have looked something like this. Isaac would notice Rebecca at the well . . .

By Lazer Gurkow
Abraham and one interpretation of the difference between growing old and having a full life.

By Nissan Dovid Dubov
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Abraham’s method of time management shows us how to make the most of each day. Presenter: Rabbi Shemtov

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Chayei Sarah Parshah Report

Did Abraham and Sarah live on the Lower East Side down the street from Jono’s favorite Pizza Stand? Find out in this exciting episode of the Parshah Report!

Dovid Taub & Jonathan Goorvich
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An overview of the weekly Parshah, through the eyes of the many commentators, enriching your understanding of how our great history unfolded.

By Marty Goodman
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The verse reads: And Isaac brought her to the tent of Sarah his mother. Here’s a beautiful analysis of Rashi’s commentary to the verse.

By Moishe New
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עצת הרבי לאדם שלא הצליח למצוא זיווג

ח”י מרחשוון ה’תשע”ה – 11 בנובמבר 2014
כמה מילים…

קוראים יקרים,

עצוב מאוד לשמוע על החדשות האחרונות ועל הקורבנות שנוספו לרשימת השכול והאובדן. עצוב לקרוא על המצב הבטחוני המתדרדר בירושלים ובמקומות רבים אחרים ברחבי הארץ. ועצוב יותר לקרוא על “התגובה המאופקת” של כוחות הביטחון והגורמים הממשלתיים שמגיבים לפרעות בזהירות רק כדי שלא לעורר את חמת זעמם של אומות העולם.

זו לא הפעם הראשונה שזה קורה.

לפני כ-46 שנה, במכתב ארוך ומפורט לאריאל שרון שהיה אז אלוף בצה”ל, הרבי נגע בבעיה זו. “לדוגמא” הוא כתב, באם – “הי’ לא תהי'” – יהי’ סכסוך בין נער ישראלי ונער ערבי בחברון, וכיון ששם רבו הנערים הערבים על בני ישראל אפשר שהי’ לא תהי’ יספוג הנער הישראלי מכות וכו’; לצד מי, לפי דעת מר, תעמוד המשטרה הישראלית הצבאית הנמצאת במקום?.”

הרבי מציין כי “הבסיס המשותף לכל תופעות אלו הוא – מה יאמר העולם “הגדול“”.

הרבה שנים חלפו מאז. האם סוף-סוף נצליח ללמוד להפסיק לחשוש ממה יגידו הגויים ולעשות את הדבר הנכון למען בטחון עם ישראל בארץ ישראל?


שיהיה לנו שבוע טוב ורק בשורות טובות,

הרב מנדי קמינקר

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רעיון לפרשת השבוע

מה שגורם לאנשים להרים גבות בפליאה זה מידע כמו זה שאברהם אבינו “הכיר באלוקים” ופיתח את כל המערכת המונותיאיסטית שלו כבר בגיל שלוש

אלישע גרינבוים

אדם אחד לא הצליח למצוא זיווג וביקש לנסוע לחו”ל. מה השיב לו הרבי?

מעובד מדבריו של הרבי מליובאוויטש זצ”ל
טיפים לזוגיות טובה

אי-אפשר לא לריב. מי שחושב שלא יפרצו מריבות בין בני הזוג, הוא משלה את עצמו. מצד שני, מריבה לא חייבת להיות משהו מכוער שיכניס אתכם לסחרור בלתי נגמר

אודליה מימון
אמנות בשביל הנשמה

כך אני רואה את התפילה בהתלהבות דרך משקפי האמנות המודרנית

ציורה של רנדי צוקר
מה קורה בפרשת השבוע

אל העיר ארם נהרים מגיע אליעזר לפנות ערב כשעמו עשרה גמלים וכל טוב. הוא עומד ליד הבאר ונושא תפילה לבורא עולם

סיפור / וידאו לרגל כ’ בחשוון, יום הולדתו של הרבי הרש”ב

כאשר חסיד נקרא להתגייס בצבא הצאר הידוע לשמצה, הוא ביקש את ברכתו של הרבי הרש”ב.

הרבי מליובאוויטש זי”ע
הרחיבו את ידיעותיכם

הוא היה בן של שפחה שהפכה לאישה. קראו לו ישמעאל, והמלאך הבטיח לאימו שהוא יגדל להיות “פרא אדם”, אך בחומש לא מופיעים פרטים רבים מחייו. מי היה ישמעאל? על כך במאמר שלפניכם

זו לא סתם ארוחה, זו מלווה מלכה

יש הקוראים לה סעודת מלווה מלכה, ואחרים קוראים לה סעודתא דדוד מלכא משיחא. מהי סעודה זו? ומדוע אוכלים אותה? כל מה שרציתם לדעת

השאלות שלכם

האשה והאם בבית היהודי נקראת “עקרת הבית”, היינו עיקרו של הבית. היא זו שקובעת את אופי הבית ואת האווירה בו

הרב ניסן דוד דובאוו
רעיון להפטרת פרשת השבוע

מכירים את הביטוי בא בימים? בדרך כלל הוא מתקשר עם אדם זקן עם קמטים. אבל אברהם ודוד היו די צעירים כשהם קיבלו את התואר

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