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Chanukah in Belz!

Watch below the first and second days of this year’s Chanukah Tzinden, including snippets of Hallel. See also Rav Pinchas Friedman leading the singing of...
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Why Chasidic Garb?

Why Chasidic Garb? One of the most apparent paradoxes in Chassidus, especially in the summer time, is the Chasidic attire. Since Chassidus stresses “pnimius” –...
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Personal Churban

Personal Churban “It is appropriate for every G-d fearing person to be aggravated and worried about the destruction of the Beis Hamikdash” – Shulchan Aruch...
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Gourds

The Hebrew word for gourd, kara, is related to the Hebrew homonym pronounced k’ra. One word means “to rip,” the other “to announce.” We pray...
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Black Eyed Peas

Rubia, refers to several different types of small beans, which is reminiscent of the word yirbu, “to increase.” These foods symbolize the hope for a...
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Spinach

In Aramaic, the language of the Gemara, spinach is named Silka, which is akin to the word for “remove.” They’re eaten to express the hope...
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Leeks

The Hebrew word for leek, karti, is related to the word kareyt, meaning to cut. This symbol is linked to the prayer that those who...
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Dates

The Hebrew word for dates, t’marim, evokes the word tam, “to end,” and the hope that our enemies will be finished.

Pomegranates

We pray for a year filled with Mitzvos. Just as the rimon (pomegranates) are full of seeds, we hope we’ll be similarly full of merits...
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Honey

How better to wish for a Shana Tova U’Metukah — a good and sweet new year — than to eat one of nature’s sweetest foods?...
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Annevus

The story of Annevus –  For this week’s spark, we’ll share a swelled head story with you. Once, long ago, there was a young man...
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Seeing Beyond Sight

There is a concept of blindsight. This phenomenon is when people who were blinded and cannot see consciously can still “see” subconsciously. With their eyes...
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Purim

The 14th of Adar (this year Sunday, March 12th) is one of the most spiritual Jewish Holidays (and the most fun one!). Purim is actually...
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From our Prophets

Over the course of the centuries, there have been many prophets (true and false) and many miracles.  However, we are taught that “Kol Nevu’ah She’Hutzrach...
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Torah Portion

Every week, we read from the Torah scroll a different “parsha”, a different Torah portion, so that through the course of a full year we...
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Tetzaveh

Shabbos Brims With Kedushah A Jew is capable of feeling wonderfully Shabbos’dik. He can also chase away its kedusha. Without the blessed influence of kedushas...
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Terumah

Shabbos, Resembles Olam Haba, A Day Of Simcha The month of Adar is the month of Simcha. Simcha is most coveted by human beings since...
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Mishpotim

Sanctifying The Shabbos As Befits It Kol mekadeish shevi’i karu’i lo kol shomer Shabbos kados mechallelo—Whoever hallows the Shabbos as befits it, whoever safeguards the...
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Yisro

Properly Preparing for Shabbos Shabbos morning before dawn, seventh of Sivan, 2448 from the Creation of the world. The whole Creation rose to hear the...
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Beshalach

Shabbos, A Source Of Blessing For The Entire Week This parsha, speaks about the abundance of blessings which accompany Shabbos. Let us follow the parsha’s...
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VOEIRA

“I appeared to Avrohom, to Yitzchok, and to Yaakov…” Rashi explains, “Vo’eirah– to the Avos.” Many Meforshim ask, “What is Rashi adding with his comment?...
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SHEMOS

“And these are the names of the Children of Israel who were coming to Egypt…” “Who were coming”— is written in the present tense. But...
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VAYECHI

Yaakov lived in the land of Mitzrayim seventeen years; and the days of Yaakov—the years of his life… Rashi (ibid.) quotes the Midrash (Midrash Rabba...
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Vayigash

Then Yehuda approached him and said… Yehuda stepped forth to Yosef and pleaded with him to release Binyomin, and allow him to accompany his brothers...
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MIKEITZ

Now let Pharaoh seek out a discerning and wise man and set him over the land of Egypt. Many Meforshim ask: Why did Yosef offer...
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CHANUKAH

A CHANUKAH STORY Bergen Belsen. A heavy silence hung over the barrack, interrupted by a whispered conversation. “In a few minutes it will be twelve...
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Vayeishev

Yaakov settled in the land of his father’s sojournings, in the land of Cana’n. Tzadikim are filled with a burning desire to perform mitzvohs, and...
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VayIshlach

I have sojourned with Lavan… Rashi states: I have sojourned with the wicked Lavan, and yet I have performed the 613 Mitzvohs, and did not...
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Vayeitzei

And he dreamt, and behold! A ladder was set up earthward, and its top reached heavenward; and behold! angels of Hashem were ascending and descending...
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TOLDOS

Yitzchak entreated Hashem opposite his wife, because she was barren. The Medrash (Bereishis Rabba 63:5) writes: “This teaches us that Yitzchak and Rivkah were lying...
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Chaye Soroh

Sarah’s lifetimes was. Rashi: “All (her years) were uniform in goodness. During her life Sarah suffered a great deal. Until the age of ninety she...
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Vayeiro

To Draw from the Kodesh: The mitzvohs of the Torah are perfect and precise. It is impossible to altar them. When one adds on a...
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Longevity!

Rav Dovid Sperber, the Brashov Rav z”l, related the following story: One rav would often visit Maran Rebbe Yissochor Dov of Belz zy”a. When that...
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Lech Lecho

On The Sixth Day You Shall Prepare Seventy years ago, Shabbos observance was still very lax America. Many Jews failed to withstand the temptations they...
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Stop The Enemy!

Nothing stood in their way. The Germans, under the strategic leadership of General Rommel, had their hearts set on conquering Palestine. And all hearts in...
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Noach

Given The Capacity to Cope It is very hard to detach ourselves from the lofty atmosphere of the month of Tishrei, and to return to...
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Beraishis

Shnayim Mikra V’echod Targum Every year on Simchas Torah we start reading again from the beginning of the Torah, from the very beginning of Beraishis....
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Succos

Shabbos Chol Hamoe’d Succos Yom Kippur fell on Shabbos, A week later Shabbos is Chol Ha’Moed Succos. We will read, in the Torah about the...
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Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the year—the day on which we are closest to G‑d and to the quintessence of our own souls....
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Haazinu

Hashem’s Holy Day Honored “Im toshiv miShabbos…—If you restrain your foot because it is Shabbos, refrain from acccomplishing your own needs on My holy day;...
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Veyelech

Message From Our Sages If we keep Shabbos in all its details and finer points, it will be a day of geula from one’s sins. The...
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Netzovim

Let The New Year, With Its Blessings, Start Another has passed, and everyone from the simple laborer to Torah sage, are trembling in fear and...
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Ki Sovo

Final Shabbasos Harav Eliyahu Lopian, the mashgiach of Yeshiva Knesses Chizkiyahu in Kfar Chassidim, was one of the great students of Kelm, who still merited...
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Rosh Hashanah

The festival of Rosh Hashanah—the name means “Head of the Year”—is observed for two days beginning on 1 Tishrei, the first day of the Jewish...
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Ki Seitzei

The Way Of Teshuva We are currently in the middle of the month of Elul, a time during which Jews are busy with teshuva, which...
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Shoftim

Getting Ready Chodesh Elul, the days of Rachamim and Ratzon has arrived. The forty days between Rosh Chodesh Elul and Yom Kippur are lofty and...
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ELUL

Elul is the 12th and final month in the Jewish calendar. It is a month that connects the past year with the coming year—a time...
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Re’Eh

See, I present before you today a blessing and a curse. A Human nature is such that when things aren’t going well, when one encounters...
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EIKEV

This shall be the reward Chazal tell us that “this shall be” alludes to simcha, but eikev (sometimes meaning a heel) alludes to humility, that...
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SHABBOS NACHAMU

This week we read the Haftorah of Nachamu, consolation to the Jewish People after suffering the destruction of the Bais Hamikdosh and the exile. Prior...
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VOESCHANAN

I implored Hashem at that time, saying, My Lord, Hashem/Elokim you have begun to show Your servant. This verse alludes to the fact that man‘s...
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DEVORIM

These are the words that Moshe spoke to all Yisroel. Midrash: “In regards to this verse in the Torah the scripture writes, “A tree of...
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MATTOS MASSEI

Moshe spoke to the heads of the tribes of bnei Yisroel, saying: This is the thing that Hashem has commanded. Moshe Rabbeinu instructed bnei Yisroel...
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Tisha B’Av

Children I Have Raised…But They Rebelled Against Me These days we grieve over the Beis Hamikdosh and the bitter Galus which has lasted so long,...
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PINCHAS

Pinchas, son of Elazar, son of Aharon the Kohen. Wherever Pinchas is mentioned in the Torah, it is written without a Yud, except on this...
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BALAK

Would He say and not do, or speak and not confirm. Rashi: “`Would He say’–the expression “hahu omar etc.” is a question.” If the whole...
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bein hametzarim

Why Are We Mourning? Once again we are in the midst of mourning the destruction of the Beis Hamikdosh. We still haven‘t merited, that the...
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Chikos

Whoever touches the corpse of any human being shall be contaminated for seven days. He shall purify himself with it on the third day and...
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KEDOSHIM

“You shall be holy, for holy am I, Hashem, your G-d.”  If the Torah wanted to command us to act with kedushah it would have...
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Food for the Soul

Rebbe Moshe Leib of Sassov would exert tremendous effort to fulfill the mitzvah of pidyon shevuyim, redeeming a fellow Jew from captivity. He was once...
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Pesach

Yaakov the “Wise” Son Defeated Eisov the “Evil” Son by Feeding Yitzchok the Afikomen on the Night of Pesach In honor of Pesach, the time of our...
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Wedding in Antwerp

Son of Belz Rebbe, Hrh”tz Aron Mordechai Shlit”e, arrived today in Antwerp for a family wedding, while there, he will celebrate a grand shabbes with...
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