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Apr 20 2018, Iyyar 5, 5778
Torah reading: Tazria-Metzora

HOLIDAYS

Indulgence & G-d

A thought from R. Tzadok of Lublin: Even when a Jew is self-indulgent, and is a contrarian to G-d and his Torah, in truth, in his heart of hearts, he’s entirely focused on G-d. The Talmud (Eruvin 65b) says that you can recognize the truth of a person when he is drunk. Additionally, the Talmud … Read more

Stretch Out Your Hand

A thought from R. Tzadok of Lublin: The mitzvah of Matanot L’evyonim is that one should give indiscriminately, as expressed in Rambam (Mishna Torah, Laws of Megilla 2:8): “We should not be discriminating in selecting the recipients of these Purim gifts. Instead, one should give to whomever stretches out his hand.” When we give in … Read more

A Jew & A Pig

A thought from R. Tzadok: The Jew is the opposite of the pig. Concerning the pig, the midrash (Bereishit Rabba 65:1) states “that though it is non-kosher, it shows off its split hooves, acting as if it were.” The Jew is the opposite: It vocally shouts “arur Mordechai, baruch Haman,” but it cannot escape its … Read more

Purim – Raise Faith

By Rabbi Dovid Markel The word אמונה which means faith is related to the word אֹמֵן which means to raise, as in the verse (Esther, 2:7) וַיְהִי אֹמֵן אֶת הֲדַסָּה – and he raised Hadasa. A person cannot have faith unless they nurture and raise it.