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“I Can’t Forgive!”

饾悎饾惂 饾惁饾悶饾惁饾惃饾惈饾惒 饾惃饾悷 饾悓饾惈饾惉. 饾悊饾悽饾惌饾悶饾惀 饾悑饾悶饾惎饾惒, 饾悁"饾悋, 诪专转 讙讬讟诇 讘转 专' 讬砖专讗诇 讚讜讚 注"讛 on the 18th Yahrzeit. If We're unable to forgive others, we will never be able to grow. How did Yosef forgive his brothers? Join me for three minutes to learn about Parashat...

The New Jew | Parshat Miketz /Zos Chanukah

In memory of my father Abe Sodden 诇注讬诇讜讬 谞砖诪转 讗讘专讛诐 讘谉 爪讬讜谉 讘谉 讬爪讞拽 The New Jew. How Jews reinvent themselves in every generation Join me for three minutes to learn about Parashat Miketz and Zos Chanukah! https://youtu.be/wYht2-gmh0g...

The Perils Of Sophistry

The Perils Of Sophistry

I often decide if I like someone by their eyes and their smile Right and wrong used to be obvious. Truth was self-evident. The will of G-d was clear. There was a holy reaction straight from the soul. There was a strong sense of right and wrong. There was an outpouring...

Time For Renewal

Time For Renewal

A couple of years ago I had the great honor of being called up for Choson Torah in Jerusalem. It was an emotional moment. Often an Aliya is a celebration of a new relationship such as a new child or grandchild, a new Choson or Kalah. This Aliya was a celebration of a...

Not Seeing Is Believing

The Romans could have been the chosen nation! Join Rabbi Yaacov Haber for 3 minutes in ushering in Shabbos with his insight to Parashat Toldot. Rabbi Habers new book on Bereishis "Beginnings" is now available! Buy it now!...

What Happened To Avraham Avinu?

What Happened To Avraham Avinu?

At seventy-five we find Avraham Avinu was offered a fresh start. He is commanded to embark on a journey, both physical and spiritual. The journey would become the most important journey in the history of our people. Every step of this journey was recorded and would be studied for eternity.

Why now?

The Purpose of My Soul

The Purpose of My Soul

Noach was a remarkable individual, a wunderkind from the outset. His arrival in the world was announced as a transformative event in history. The inability of the earth to produce anything other than 拽讜抓 讜讚专讚专, thistles and thorns as a result of the sin of Adam and...

We Are All Just A Little Bit Blind

We Are All Just A Little Bit Blind

Yitzchak was blind. Had he been able to see, the history of the world would have been different. Instead of giving his monumental blessing to his son Yaakov, he would have given the blessing to his other son Eisav and the geula would have been in the hands of Eisav鈥檚...

Do the Right Thing

Do the Right Thing

The Rambam, Maimonides, wrote a book of Jewish Law. He wrote other books of philosophy and many letters which addressed the soaring needs of his time. But, Mishneh Torah is a Book of Law. He begins the section on the laws of 鈥業dolatry鈥 or Avodas Kochavim, with a brief...

The Multi Colored Coat

The Multi Colored Coat

This week's Torah portion describes the envy between Joseph and his brothers, 鈥淪inat Chinam鈥, and to what extent that envy can damage even the greatest and holiest of families. The jealousy and hate that Joseph's brothers had toward him motivated them to plot Josephs...

Not Just Tenderloin Steak

Not Just Tenderloin Steak

In Israel and the world over we are mourning the loss of innocent and wonderful Jews. Children and teenagers are cut down by forces of evil. The tragedies are at times unspeakable. How can we respond? Esau anguished Yaakov in injuring his thigh. Esau's descendants...

It Begins at Home

It Begins at Home

This week鈥檚 Dvar Torah is dedicated to Mrs. Toby Singer who passed into Gan Eden this past week. Growing up in Buffalo, NY, Mrs. Singer鈥檚 home was my second home. She taught me by example about Judaism, Torah and life. It was there that I learned about the light of...

Integrity; Living Like a Jew

Integrity; Living Like a Jew

Avrohom Avinu is often referred to as 鈥榯he first Jew鈥. He stood out from the masses in one important way. He searched for truth. He lived by the truth. He always did what was right. 鈥淎vraham, from his earliest childhood, began his own intellectual search for truth and...

The Hero

The Hero

Abraham in his life time endured ten great challenges. He withstood them all. (Pirkei Avos 5) Abraham was not the first human being to be tested by G-d. Adam and Eve were also tested; but they were not able to stand up to God鈥檚 test. The generations following Adam...

Tradition vs. Creativity

Adam and Eve had three sons. The first two were the famous Cain and Abel. The third is introduced in the following manner. "When Adam had lived 130 years, he begot a son in his likeness after his image [bid'muso k'tsalmo], and named him Seth" (Gen. 5:3). Similar...

Choosing Your Grandfather

Choosing Your Grandfather

"He is a wise child who chooses a good grandfather." I recently spoke at a conference of baalei teshuvah. Someone came over and introduced himself to me as a great grandson of the Pnei Yehoshua. While in college he learned that he had such an illustrious grandfather....

Become the Tzadik!

Become the Tzadik!

In honor of my Children Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch and Raizy Haber of Los Angeles, who gave birth to a baby boy last night. May all their children walk in the light of Hashem with health and happiness. I marvel at the story of the great Talmudic sage, Rabbi Yehoshua ben Levi....