Thoughts About the Approaching Shmitta
The Vilna Gaon points out that there are two mitzvos that
encompass our entire bodies: Succa and yishuv Eretz
Yisroel. Taking effect as it does on the yom tov of the
same name, and with conditions that require us to be aware of
the Succa itself, the Succa very much emphasizes to us our
service to Hashem.
The Torah Universe: The Kiss of Death
The giant reptile paused in its tracks upon seeing me. It
stared at me out of huge eyes that were black as coal as I
tentatively reached out my hand to scratch its chin. Then,
deciding that I presented no threat -- after all, I was only
a quarter of its size -- it carried on walking.
by Rabbi Nosson Slifkin
How to Do Teshuvah
During Elul, Maran the mashgiach of Yeshivas Ponevezh,
HaRav Yechezkel Levenstein zt'l, would advise the
students to designate certain topics to concentrate on
primarily during the coming year. He would urge them to adopt
the contemporary gedolim's guidance not only in
matters affecting Klal Yisroel but in questions of how
to conduct one's private life, too.
by HaRav Yitzchok Yeruchom Bordiansky
To Be Content With One's Lot
"And you shall rejoice with all the good which Hashem has
given you" (at the end of the parsha of
bikkurim in Ki Sovo).
by L. Jungerman
His Only Motives Were Power and Money
The resignation of Amir Drori from his position as the
director of the Antiquities Authority has brought the
unpleasant atmosphere at that archeological institution to
the fore. A recent write-up in the finance daily,
Globes, disclosed the wars of the archaeologists.
by. S. Yisraeli
"Meoros HaDaf HaYomi" Insights into the Week's Learning:
Stories, Mussar, Practical Halacha (Tractate Nedarim
Daf 53-60) (Vol. 68)
From the Sochatchov "Beis Medrash of
Teachers of the Daf HaYomi" Bnei Brak
Our Daf teaches us about the brochos on all sorts of
foods that existed in the time of Chazal. Many questions have
arisen since then when a new fruit or vegetable or new
species is discovered. The poskim discuss at length to
which group of foods it belongs in order to decide what its
proper bracha is.
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