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Eikev: Rabbi Abraham

By Rabbi Avraham Greenbaum Torah Reading: EIKEV, Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25. Haftara: Isaiah 49:14-51:3. THE BOOK & THE SWORD; THE LOAF & THE STICK The Midrash on Parshas EIKEV teaches: “The Book and the Sword descended...

Mussar | A Lesson On Equanimity

Equanimity is the Soul Trait that governs whether you stay calm or lose your head. Equanimity is often confused with inner peace. Many of us live such stressful lives that Equanimity is indeed more...

Ki Tavo: Rabbi Abraham

By Rabbi Abraham Greenbaum Torah Reading: KI TAVO, Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8. Haftara: Isaiah 60:1-22. Our parshah, KI TAVO, puts the seal on Moses’ detailed exposition of the commandments in the Mishneh Torah (=Deuteronomy) — the...

What Does it Mean to be Tamim

Why is the Torah’s attitude towards magic, soothsayers etc so negative, and how is the normative instruction in the command to be “wholehearted with the Lord your G-d” an alternative to them? The answer...

Mussar | A Lesson on Generosity

The soul-trait of generosity is named nedivut. A generous person is a nadiv. Mussar clearly distinguishes this type of generosity from another kind, called tzedakah, which means obligated giving, such as tithing.

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