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Moshiach, now?

The following comment was posted on the previous post: Please, Ari, please don’t fall into the trap of predicting a scary downfall of America. Just three months ago, I asked R. Chaim Kanievsky if I should move my family to E”Y. I was all excited about it. He replied that I cannot come without parnassah.…

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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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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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Obama, the economy, and the prelude to Moshiach

Why is the economic situation connected to Moshiach’s arrival? Why does it seem that the current mode of dealing with the problem will not yield bona fide results? I think that our hearts tell us that both of the aforementioned questions are valid. While this that we sense may be affected by what we’ve read…

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The Moon and the war – part two

As I was reading the article mentioned in the previous post about the moon, I wondered what the significance is to the phenomenon that the tides and waves are caused by the moon’s gravity. What could the message behind this be? I was נתעורר to some interesting thoughts when I saw a piece from the…

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The siren's message

At about one PM today, we here in Ramat Bet Shemesh heard the sound that has become normal for the residents of the south. My four year old daughter and her nursery class were all guided to crouch under their desks, and were told they would receive a candy. They davened together with their Morah.…

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The Moon and the war

החודש הזה לכם, ראש חדשים – This [lunar] month is for you, first of the months. These were the words that Hashem said to Moshe, giving the Jewish people its first national mitzvah. Henceforth, the Moon would represent us, having no light of its own, reflecting the light of the Sun. We, the Jewish people,…

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Kindergarten Dreams

Our sages tell us that since we no loner have Nevi’im, prophecy was given to fools and children. Towards the beginning of the current Gaza war, my four year old daughter woke in the morning and told us her dream. She said that in her dream, the bad men were trying to take away the…

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Feeling their pain

I heard a few interesting stories and thoughts over Shabbos. The one that I got the most from was told by the Rav of my shul. This past week, a couple in Jerusalem came to him with the following scenario. The husband had decided to get his wife something special for her birthday recently. He…

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