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Metzora: The Blessing of Family PurityMetzora: The Blessing of Family Purity
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Why does Judaism use the term, 'Family Purity'? It's because the entire sanctity of the marriage and the future of the offspring depend on this important mitzvah...   [Full article]

Tazria: Spotless GarmentsTazria: Spotless Garments
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Is there still such a thing as leprous afflictions of garments today? What causes these afflictions and how does it affect our daily lives?   [Full article]

Shemini: Truth - No Room for LustShemini: Truth - No Room for Lust
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
It's all the same template – first decide what you want, then build an ideology that accommodates your lust. Yet, that doesn't mean that it's true...   [Full article]

Tzav: The Four Who Give ThanksTzav: The Four Who Give Thanks
by Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Four types must publicly give thanks and serve as an example to others to appreciate the natural, societal, physical, and ethical boundaries that make life livable...   [Full article]

Vayikra: No Fear, Just TruthVayikra: No Fear, Just Truth
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Although Bava Ben Bota was a student of Shammai, he shunned 'partisan interests' and admitted that the halacha was according to Hillel's opinion...   [Full article]

Vayakhel-Pekudei: Technology and the SabbathVayakhel-Pekudei: Technology and the Sabbath
by Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza"l
One might think that only the pristine natural world is truly the work of God. Is human technology perhaps alien to the true purpose of the universe?   [Full article]

Ki Sisa: Mess of the MassesKi Sisa: Mess of the Masses
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
The true motivation of the erev rav is to give a free reign to their base urges and appetites; not only that, but to legitimize them with legislation...   [Full article]

Tetzaveh: The Royal GarmentsTetzaveh: The Royal Garments
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Peer and social pressure are like a fiery furnace; how did Hanania, Mishael and Azaria react when they were sentenced to burn in the fiery furnace?   [Full article]

Terumah: The Secret of Jewish UnityTerumah: The Secret of Jewish Unity
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Why wait until the next war to strengthen Jewish Unity? Who needs another war? There is a much better, safer and easier way of bringing about Jewish Unity...   [Full article]

Mishpatim: Peace and Common SenseMishpatim: Peace and Common Sense
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
People wonder all the time, 'How do we possibly overcome the threat of radical Islam and and global terror?' The answer is surprisingly simple...   [Full article]

Yisro: Blessings on MiraclesYisro: Blessings on Miracles
by Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza"l

A blessing over a miracle, as our sages teach us, needs to include recognition of the positive effects of its accompanying details...   [Full article]

Beshalach: The Power of SilenceBeshalach: The Power of Silence
by Rabbi Lazer Brody

Moses commands the Jewish People to be silent, for that way, Hashem will fight their battles for them. Does that principle still apply?   [Full article]

Bo: Egypt and the MayflowerBo: Egypt and the Mayflower
by Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza"l
Does an American child know when the Mayflower set sail for the New World? 300 years ago? 350 years ago? We know exactly when we left Egypt...   [Full article]

Va'eira: Of Frogs and ScholarsVa'eira: Of Frogs and Scholars
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
The Midrash tells us that the Egyptian's suffered more from the frogs' croaking than from their actual presence in mass. We see the same exact phenomenon today...   [Full article]

Shemos: Where the Baal Teshuva StandsShemos: Where the Baal Teshuva Stands
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Baal Teshuva's don't have an easy life. Their soul corrections are frequently excruciating, but that is Hashem lovingly purifying them for their ultimate benefit...   [Full article]

Vayechi: It All Depends on EffortVayechi: It All Depends on Effort
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Jewish parents bless their daughters to be like our holy matriarchs. Yet, they bless their sons to be like Ephraim and Menashe; why them particularly?   [Full article]

Vayigash: Soul GlueVayigash: Soul Glue
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
What constitutes a true connection between two souls? According to the Zohar, this is a connection that causes the two souls to merge in perfect unity...   [Full article]

Mikeitz: Help's on the WayMikeitz: Help's on the Way
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Hashem helps us find our mission on earth when we're straying along the wrong path. This often entails painful tribulations and tests of faith...   [Full article]

Vayeishev: A Perfect FitVayeishev: A Perfect Fit
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
The prophet Amos tells us that Joseph the tzaddik was sold for the price of shoes (see Amos 2:6). Why specifically for the price of a pair of shoes?   [Full article]

Vayishlach: Don't Be My BrotherVayishlach: Don't Be My Brother
by Rabbi Lazer Brody

Jacob, in his holy prophetic spirit, knew that the influence of Esau's offspring would be spiritually catastrophic on his offspring...   [Full article]

Vayeitzei: Leah's SongVayeitzei: Leah's Song
by Rabbi Shalom Arush
Rebbe Shimon says, 'From the day Hashem created the world, there wasn’t a person who praised Hashem, until Leah did.' What? No one praised Hashem until then?   [Full article]

Toldos: Peacock or VultureToldos: Peacock or Vulture
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Esau is an enigma; he acts like the coarsest of individuals, yet his speech is spiced with the politeness. What’s the lesson that history learns from him?   [Full article]

Chayei SarahChayei Sarah
by Rabbi David Schallheim
Avraham demonstrated God’s attribute of chessed – loving kindness – to the world. He devoted himself to acts of chessed...   [Full article]

Vayeira: Sodom or Nineveh?Vayeira: Sodom or Nineveh?
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Hashem tried to spiritually awaken the Sodomites for 25 years to no avail. Nineveh, though, made a complete turnaround after hearing only 5 words from Jonah...   [Full article]

Lech Lecha: Decisions of a True LeaderLech Lecha: Decisions of a True Leader
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Abraham's bold new way of thinking became the template for the decision-making process of our true leaders; may President-elect Trump follow in this path...   [Full article]

Noach: Challenges of Each GenerationNoach: Challenges of Each Generation
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Hashem in His amazing Divine providence decided to plant each individual in each respective generation. Don't say, 'We're not good enough'; we too have power...   [Full article]

Bereishis: Intellect and EmunaBereishis: Intellect and Emuna
by Rabbi Shalom Arush
The more Torah a person learns, the stronger his emuna becomes and the more his intellect is enhanced with holiness, uplifting him even more...   [Full article]


 


 
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