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Winning the game

We affect every person we meet. We can have a positive impact on others, sometimes so great that it will affect their lives. This is certainly true of the children Hashem has given into our care. There is power in that, but as Peter Parker learned early on, ‘with great power comes great responsibility.’ The…

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Bringing Miracles of Redemption

I was deeply moved recently as I read a beautiful piece in the sefer Nefesh Hachaim at the end of the first gate, chapter nine, and the accompanying commentary of Rav Bentzion Epstien (Feldheim hebrew edition of Nefesh Hachaim pp. 98-101). Rav Chaim Volozhin explains the deep idea that Hashem set up the world in…

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Joy of Unity

This song testifies to the great joy that unity brings. The words are הנה מה טוב ומה נעים שבת אחים גם יחד – how good and how nice is it when brothers sit together. When we look for the good in our friends and neighbors by judging others favorably we can find great joy in…

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Vayishlach

Why did Yakov ‘happen’ to have an experience with angels just as he was running away from Esav, and again just as he was about to encounter him again? Why did Yakov prepare so greatly for his meeting with Esav, splitting his camp up out of fear that Esav would kill part of it, but…

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The Generation of Moshiach

My wife recently bought me the second volume of the wonderful book Machat Shel Yad by my rebbe Rav Yitzchok Frankel. The first book came out about a year ago on Braishis, and even though I got it toward the end of the parshios in Braishis, I read the whole thing from cover to cover.…

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Do not fear at all

Many things in life can make us fearful. Whether it is the fate of our livelihood, the fate of our children, the fate of our people in Israel, or the fate of the world. When our faith is placed solely in Hashem, we need not fear. Rebbe Nachman says “כל העולם כולו גשר צר מאד…

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Rejoice!

Are you looking for a little pick me up? Rebbe Nachman says that it is a great mitzvah to always be joyous. Here’s a little song that might help. It’s part of a new podcast series I am working on, which you should be able to find on itunes already (in the section on Judaism)…

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When he's finally here

Guest post by Daniel I was thinking about the kinds of kiddushei Hashem that will occur when Moshiach is revealed. The first thing I thought was that there will be a great kiddush Hashem in the eyes of the Jews. We will be astonished at the massive number of Jews that come to greet Moshiach.…

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Investment Advice

People everywhere are desperately searching for the right place to put their money. Nothing seems safe. I would like to share with you the secret investment that is one hundred percent guaranteed. A good friend of mine is involved in collecting for the Kollels of Rav Ahron Leib Shteinman, one of the great gedolei hador.…

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Loving those who hate

I’m going to tell you a secret that will change your life. It was the 16th of Adar – Purim in Jerusalem, 5768. I had played a long dance set with my friend Yehuda David on the guitar, and myself on the keyboard and vocals for a small American Yeshiva in the neighborhood of Ezras…

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