Monthly Archives: July 2016

Discussing Old Friends

Be very careful when you bump into old friends.  Rehashing old times and asking him or her how so and so is doing, often leads to lashon hara.

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Rav Elyashiv reciting Tachanun

I remember that if there was a Monday or Thursday without Rav Elyashiv being honored as sandak (at a bris), which was very rare, we would say the longer form of Tachanun beginning with V’Hu Rachum.  This tefillah must be … Continue reading

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Broken Heart

Depression is like anger and rage.  It is like a complaint against G-d for not fulfilling one’s wishes.  But one with a broken heart is like a child pleading before his father.  He is like a baby crying and complaining … Continue reading

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Don’t Forget Your Purpose

The greatest challenge a person faces is that he not be overwhelmed with the concerns of this world so that he forgets his purpose.  Therefore, he should trust in God that he will supply his needs and sustain him, and … Continue reading

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Identify That Prayer #14

This one is more difficult, so I will give you 3 excerpts of the same tefillah: Observe our troubles and hear the voice of our prayer, for You hear the prayer of every mouth. Hear our prayer, our King, and … Continue reading

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Broken Within

If a person sins because he cannot overcome his yetzer hara, but at the same time that he commits the sin he is broken within because he dreads the thought of transgressing Hashem’s will, Hashem will overlook his sins.  This … Continue reading

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3 Weeks or 21 Days?

That this interval on the calendar is known as the “Three Weeks” and not the “Twenty-One Days” is not incidental. The number 3 alludes to the inner significance and function of the Three Weeks as a period of preparation for … Continue reading

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Reward and Punishment

Just as the reward for Torah study is equal to the reward for all other mitzvos, the punishment for lashon hara is equal to the punishment for all other sins.  ~ Talmud Yerushalmi, cited in Shmiras HaLashon

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Reb Moshe’s Shas

Shortly after World War II, the first deluxe Shas published in America appeared on the market.  R’ Moshe Feinstein zt”l purchased one as soon as it became available.  He would learn from one of these volumes at his desk in … Continue reading

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Understand It

If you cannot explain it, you do not understand it. ~ R’ Chaim Soloveitchik zt”l

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