We Can All be Leviim
Chosen as a group because of their dedication to Hashem, the
Leviim were purified through special procedures detailed in
parshas Beha'alosecho. The result of this was a
special status whose essence is summarized in the succinct
statement by Hashem: Vehoyu li haLeviim -- The Leviim
are Mine (Bamidbar 8,14).
THE PARACHUTING PHENOMENON
Derek slid open the door of the Cessna 206. It was a tiny
airplane and you couldn't even stand fully upright in it. He
looked just as nervous as I did, even though he had
parachuted more than four thousand times before and this was
my first jump. I had already done teshuva on the short
flight upwards till our jumping height of three-and-a-half
by Rabbi Doniel Hool
"And If You Go To War in Your Land Against the Enemy that
Oppresses You . . . "
Difficult times are upon us, and it seems that the greatest
hardship lies in the element of "the latter troubles erase
the memories of the first ones" (Brochos 13a). What is
particularly difficult here is the fact that one has no time
to ponder and contemplate what has already happened, since
before one turns around, another trouble is washing ashore,
and the worst of it is that one cannot take a breather to
stop and internalize the lessons of the first experience.
by Yisroel Spiegel
The Cursed Economy
Reality as we know it is decreed solely on the basis of im
bechukosai teileichu or ve'im bechukosai tim'osu, chas
vesholom. This applies not only to the state of national
security (venosati sholom bo'Oretz), but to day-to-day
economics as well.
by Nosson Zeev Grossman
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