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June 1, 2024; 24 Iyar, 5784 Sponsored anonymously L’Ilui Nishmas Sara Eidel Bas Mordechai


QUESTION: One of the members of the classroom was collecting our reports that had come due. My friend placed her report in the middle of the collected stack. She had neglected to complete her report and she later admitted to me that the report that she placed in the middle of the stack was really just a single page that contained a few lines of the report’s conclusion that she had labeled as, “Page 2”. Her intent was to fool the teacher into thinking that during the report collection process, “Page 1” got lost in the shuffle and that the teacher would not have the heart to force her to redo the first page. What does the Halacha say about such a practice?...


May 25, 2024; 17 Iyar, 5784 Sponsored anonymously L’Ilui Nishmas Sara Eidel Bas Mordechai


“And you shall not commit wrong, one man to his fellow Jew, and you shall fear your Hashem…” (Vayikrah 25:17)

Rav Tzvi Hirsch HaKohain Katz ZT”L (778-1846) better known as the Riminover Rebbe, asks in his Sefer, “Be’eros HaMayim” why this verse repeats what has already been said in an earlier verse. The earlier verse says in pertinent part, “ … do not commit wrong, one man to his brother.” (Vayikrah 25:14)

The Gemorah in Bava Metziah (58b) asks the same question and responds that there are two prohibitions being discussed...


May 18, 2024; 10 Iyar, 5784 Sponsored anonymously L’Ilui Nishmas Sara Eidel Bas Mordechai


Quite often, we do not see the truth because we do not have the right perspective. If we change our “glasses” then we can see the truth more clearly. Rav Shlomo Kluger ZT”L (1785-1869), the Rebbe of the Beis HaLevi, was a strong advocate of eliminating negative perspectives and biases that could obscure the truth. This would include recognizing the truth and appreciating Hashem’s kindness. He once asked a question regarding the Beracha in Shmoneh Esreh, “Barech Aleinu”. In this Bracha, we ask Hashem to bless this year, “for the good”. This Beracha is well understood when it is said in Shmoneh Esreh throughout the year...


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