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Jul 22 2017, Tammuz 28, 5777
Torah reading: Matot-Masei

meditations

Turning Others Into Gods

A thought from Radzin on the verse (Shemot 20:3) “You shall not have the gods of others.” Don’t turn other people (אחרים) into G-d’s by copying their actions in the assumption that they are surely correct. This is not the correct path rather one should discover the personal G-d of (Shemot 20:2) “I am the … Read more

Is G-d a Chassid?

When R. Naftali of Ropshitz was a lad he asked a question on the piyut Adir Hu that is said in the nirtzah of the haggadah. There, the poet wrote about G-d “זכאי הוא, חסיד הוא” that G-d is both commendable and a righteous chassid. The young R. Naftali asked his father: “If G-d is … Read more

Fifty Years in a Day

I wonder what he would say about our era: The author of the Yesod HaAvodah (R. Avraham Weinberg) once remarked to R. Yehudah Leib of Slonim: “Yuda Leib, you know, the descent that used to take 50 years to occur in the world, now happens in a day.”

It Would Never End

R. Yitzchak Meir of Gur would ask: Why is the confession said in alphabetical order? He would answer: Were it not said in alphabetical order it would go on forever, as there is no end to our wrongdoings.

Two Mistakes

In two things the world makes a mistake in doing the opposite of what makes sense: Concerning one’s livelihood, the Talmud (Ta’anit 2a) states that the key is in G-d’s hands. All a person’s worries are futile as the verse (Tehillim, 55:23) states: “Cast your burden on the Lord, and He will bear you.” However, … Read more