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The Loaf & the Rod

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⁦R. Shimon b. Yochai says: A loaf and a rod descended intertwined from heaven. The Holy One Blessed be He said to Israel: If you observe the Torah, here is the loaf to eat. If not, here is the rod to be smitten with. And where is this articulated? — (Isaiah 1:19-20) “If you accept and you heed, the good of the earth shall you eat; and if you refuse and rebel, the sword will devour you. For...

Freedom from political correctness

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With outright war being waged against us on all sides and on all levels, we must break free from the surrounding political correctness and recognize that the Final Redemption, may it come soon in our time, depends on the overthrow of all the fake religions and ideologies that hypnotize the millions, such as all those who murder, rape, pillage and wreak havoc in the name of their idols. This is...

Learning Torah at night

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From this point in the year onwards, the nights are becoming noticeably longer (in the northern hemisphere) and we should add to our Torah studies during the night-time hours because “a man learns most of his Torah wisdom only at night.” (Rambam, Laws of Torah Study 3:13)

The concealed festival of love

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This Friday night and Shabbat July 23-24 is the Fifteenth of Av (Tu B’Av), one of the holiest, albeit concealed festivals of the Torah calendar, marking the day when death ceased for the generation of the wilderness and also the reconciliation of the Tribes of Israel with the tribe of Benjamin (Judges 21:19; Ta’anit 30b). Today is particularly propitious for prayers for one’s...

Avraham Ben Yaakov

Jerusalem-based Avraham ben Yaakov is a Torah teacher & author of translations and commentaries on Bible, Hassidut, Kabbalah, Spiritual Growth, Health, Healing and the Environment.

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