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Pesach Podcast

The Pesach podcast is entitled ‘Blossoming Redemption,’ and discussed are the following questions. Why do we have the seder at night if the actual redemption happened during the day? Why is it important that Pesach is referred to as ‘Chag ha’aviv?’ Why does Pesach seem to be a climax of redemption, yet we see it…

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Rav Elya Svei's hesped and more

A reader of this blog was at Rav Elya’s levaya, and shared with me that Rav Shmuel Kamenetsky, the Rosh Yeshiva of the Philadelphia, in his eulogy of Rav Svei, said that Rav Svei had said ten years ago that Moshiach would come in 2009. A comment on the previous post gave the following link…

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Economics touching home

This past Shabbos, my rav shared a thought which I would like to share with you as well. He was speaking about the fact that many people are currently facing financial difficulty due to the current economic crisis. What should the approach be for those who aren’t as affected toward those who are more affected?…

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Singing for real

I would like to share the following story that has happened on a number of occasions, with slight variations. There is something deep and human about this experience, as you will soon see. As you may know, Hashem sends me parnassah through music – I play and sing at weddings and other simchas. Quite often,…

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Seeds of redemption

Before Purim, someone shared a beautiful pshat with me in the name of the Chasam Sofer (I believe). If one goes back to the root of the miracle of Purim, we can trace the beginning stage to the party of Achashverosh that is described at the beginning of the story. During that party, the king…

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Az die rebbe zingt

This is a video of my father (Mr. Murray Goldwag) singing in a nursing home in Jerusalem on February 28, 2009. My mother (Mrs. Meryl Goldwag) is accompanying him on the guitar. My father shared with me that of all the experiences he has had here in Israel since living here starting in September, this…

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Purim gelt

Guest post by Daniel Based on my best calculations, I gave very close to, or just over, $25 in tzedakah throughout Purim this year. I was makpid to the best of my ability to always give something to anyone that asked me. Upon arriving back at my house, there was a letter waiting for me,…

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Bring my children from afar

I recently read an article on Israel National News about the aliyah of a number of Yemenite Jews due to the terrorism there. It brought to mind the passuk in Yeshaya (43:6), “אומר לצפון תני ולתימן אל תכלאי הביאי בני מרחוק ובנותי מקצה הארץ” – “Say to the North wind, give, and to the Southerly…

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Thank you

Last week, I was spurred to write twice for this blog, after a bit of a hiatus when my daughter was born. What was it that gave me the push? My wife had been in the center of town, and a woman in the neighborhood expressed appreciation for my blog, saying that it was good…

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Absolute Mercy

I recently came across the following beautiful quote from the sefer Sha’arei Orah (שער י): The tenth [and highest] name of the Holy Names is called אקיה (Ehkyeh). This is the name that reaches the level of כתר – Crown – that none other than He knows. This is the name of absolute Mercy with…

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