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Help your brother

Guest post by Daniel A few nights ago I had the privilege to hear the following story from Rav Shemtov. Rav Shemtov is a paragon of Ahavas Yisrael. At our table sat a young man who is beginning to wrap tefillin. Rav Shemtov grasped the young baal teshuva’s hand, kissed it, and beamed at the…

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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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Thinking ahead

This story starts off rather normal. But a discerning ear will hear greatness here. Last night, the wife of an old friend of mine called. Her in-laws will be in town and staying in my area and she heard that I may be out for Shabbos Chanukah for a simcha. I confirmed that I would…

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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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Give it or lose it

In my Daily Dvar, today’s reading in Ahavas Chesed brought a very poignant Gemara in Bava Basra (10a). There it says that just like one’s income is determined on Rosh Hashana, similarly the expenditures (or losses) one will encounter are determined on Rosh Hashana. If the person merits, they can be ‘lost’ by being given…

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Who is wise…

Sometimes you learn a lesson from the place you least expect it. I spent this past Shabbos with my family in Jerusalem. We took a bus from Ramat Beit Shemesh until the entrance of the city. From there we took a cab until our destination. As soon as we got in the cab I knew…

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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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Rav Kanievsky's psak – part two

I have not had peace of mind this entire week. One of the things I hold dear in my life is the midah of Emes. I try to be true to that midah in my business dealings, in my family life and in any area where it applies. It was partly for this reason that…

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Rav Kanievsky's Psak

I am putting the original post back up as I originally wrote it. Please refer to the second part of the story before drawing any conclusions, as I was mistaken in some of the major details. Rav Levy is a very distinguished member of the community. He is someone well versed in both nigleh and…

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More Moshiach dreams?

Dear Rabbi Goldwag, Have you heard anything about Rav Kanievsky having a dream in which Rav Schach zt”l told him that Moshiach is coming soon? Have a good week,Mrs. Goldstein I have not. I am wary of these types of stories until I hear them from a close source. I did recently hear from someone…

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