Category: 5783

Comfort Zone!

Each one of our forefathers excelled in a particular character trait. Avraham was the paradigm of Chesed. Yitzchok was the model of reverence and service to G-d, and Yaacov was the prototype of being a man of truth. Rabbi Yaacov Kamenetzky o.b.m. points out something thought-provoking regarding the challenges each of our forefathers faced. Avraham …

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Great and Greater!

The Torah relates there was a famine in the land of Israel and our forefather Yitzchok wished to travel to Egypt as his father Avraham had done when famine struck. G-d appeared to Yitzchok and told him to remain in the land of the Philistines and not to advance to Egypt. Yitzchok could not leave …

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Timing!

We refer to Avraham, Yitzchok and Yaacov as our forefathers and their wives, Sara, Rivka, Rochel and Leah as our matriarchs. Avraham spread monotheism to the world and was the paradigm of Chesed. His son Yitzchok was the epitome of service to G-d and Yaacov was exemplary in being focused on the study of Torah. …

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Expectations!

A long-time dean of a high school related the following: In the late 1960’s a student entered the ninth grade and in due time it became apparent that the diligent and well-mannered student lacked the intellectual abilities to reach passing grades on his tests. When parent-teacher conference came around, the dean met with his parents …

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A Tribute!

In his honor of my father’s first Yahrtzait , I share the following tribute to this great man.   Our father, Rabbi Boruch Saks o.b.m., was born to his parents David and Ida Wolinsky Saks on September 4th 1936 (my birthday too) and was raised in the lower east side of New York. Boruch was …

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Aboard!

One hundred and twenty years before G-d brought the great flood, he instructed the righteous Noach to begin building an ark. G-d provided Noach with the size and specifications of the ark. The reason G-d had Noach work for such a long time on the ark was so that people observing him working on this …

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Sunrise Sunset!

The Torah begins with the word Beraishis – “In the beginning”, and then goes on to describe each of the seven days of creation. Our Sages expound on the word Beraishis. Not only does this word mean “in the beginning of the world,” it is also to be read, “because of the beginning.” Because of …

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Book are Open!

From the beginning of Rosh Hashana until the conclusion of Yom Kippur, there are ten days, which are called Aseres Yemai Teshuva – The Ten Days of Repentance. Our Prophets tell us that during these days G-d is very near to us and yearns for us to move closer to Him through repentance and by …

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