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Blessings Before And After

06/11/2014
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The Talmud teaches us (Berachot, 21a) that the requirement to say a blessing after a meal comes from a verse in the Torah (Deuteronomy 8:10), and to recite it before the meal comes from a logical imperative. But the reverse is true with Torah study; the source for reciting a blessing before is from a verse (Deut. 32:3).

Rabbi David Wolpe

From Suffering, Compassion

06/05/2014
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Virgil’s Dido declares, “I have known sorrow — and learned to help the sad.” In that simple declaration is much of the secret of human wisdom. Our own experience should move through an internal sifting process of learning and growth, and school us into a means for helping others.    

Rabbi David Wolpe

Windows To The Soul

05/28/2014
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One should pray in a room that has windows. In the Talmud, R. Hiyya Bar Abba cites the book of Daniel, (6:11): “and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem (he prayed).”

Rabbi David Wolpe

Regrets, I’ve Had A Few

05/21/2014
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People sometimes say that they have no regrets. I confess I am at a loss to understand the statement.

All of us go through life learning as we go along, as if we were taking piano lessons, but our practices too are in public. As a result, we hit lots of wrong notes and make many, many mistakes. We learn from them, it is true. Too often, since people learn from their mistakes, they think there is no reason to regret them.    

Rabbi David Wolpe

From Despair To Possibility

05/14/2014
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For the first time on this year’s Israel Independence Day, there were over six million Jews living in the land of Israel. More Jews live in Israel than were murdered in the Shoah.

Rabbi David Wolpe
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Family Feud

05/07/2014
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Famously, we are told to “love your neighbor as yourself.” But in the preceding verse we are advised, “Do not hate your brother in your heart” (Lev. 19:17-18). Why are we commanded to love our neighbor and only commanded not to hate our brother?

Rabbi David Wolpe
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Something Borrowed…

04/30/2014
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Once, right before Yom Kippur, Rabbi Yisroel Salanter was seen scurrying about, trying to get a cat to enter his home. His students were puzzled — why was their famous teacher bothering with a cat, and why on the eve of the holiest day of the year?

Rabbi David Wolpe

A Name, A Soul

04/24/2014
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The Book of Exodus, in Hebrew, is called “Sh’mot,” or names. Yet the first extended story, about the slavery from Egypt, records none of the names of the Egyptians save for the midwives, Shifra and Puah. (Although some commentators claim them as Jews, it seems clear the Torah intends them to be taken for Egyptians). Even Pharaoh is a title, not a name — one of the reasons it is so difficult to determine which Pharaoh should be associated with the time period.

Rabbi David Wolpe
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Pharaoh’s Paradox

04/17/2014
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Pharaoh proclaims the Israelites a threat, and yet fears their leaving: “Come let us deal cleverly with them, lest they increase, and when war strikes they will join with our enemies, and leave [Exodus 1:10].” This paradox is familiar from Jewish history.  Jews were expelled throughout history, but equally often, tyrants who felt threatened by Jews nonetheless refused to let them immigrate to more benign lands.

Rabbi David Wolpe

The Light Of Freedom

04/09/2014
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The first morning blessing thanks God for the ability to distinguish between day and night. The most immediate reference is to the dawn; the worshiper wakes and is grateful for the rising sun. But as Passover reminds us, there is a deeper meaning.

Rabbi David Wolpe
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