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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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Bo – Water, blood and the Moon

What is the connection between the first plague’s blood, and the blood of the Pesach offering that protected the Jews from the last plague? Why was the first plague on the water of the Nile as well as the final downfall of the Egyptians via the water of the Yam Suf? Why was the mitzvah…

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Swallowing pride

Guest post by Daniel My ga’ava (pride) got the best of me today. I called my family to wish them mazal tov on their recent simcha. And the first thing that came out of my mouth was, “Why didn’t anyone call and tell me! I had to hear the news from a person who heard…

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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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Leadership qualities

I’m currently reading an amazing book by Stephen Covey, entitled “The Eighth Habit.” I have found this book, as well as his bestselling “Seven Habits” book to be very insightful and relevant. I am amazed at how much of what he writes is actually based on very lofty concepts taught in sifrei machshava, but the…

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Watch your pride

The leaders of Israel make a decision to enter into Gaza, and surprise Hamas with a devastating attack. The operation has begun and there is certainly promise in what is being done. Yet, we see events unfolding with a superficial eye. We believe that what we see on the surface is what is really happening.…

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The Yetzer Hara's last stand

A friend of mine recently shared with me a very beautiful idea which I found to be insightful. He told me that he heard from his rebbe that in the times before Moshiach, as the Yetzer Hara’s power is waning and he is nearing his defeat, he makes his final stand. His behavior is similar…

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Pride Kills

Twenty five people were killed yesterday in a road accident here in Israel. The news reports that the two drivers were ‘racing’ right before the fatal nightmare. The driver had a record of driving incidents. This tragedy holds a profound lesson for us. On occasion I have a simcha that I will sing in Jerusalem…

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