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Rabbi Yitzi Hurwitz—father of seven, husband of Dina, and spiritual leader at Chabad Jewish Center in Temecula, Calif.—has been rendered immobile by ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). Unable to speak or type, he uses his eyes to write heartfelt thoughts on the weekly Torah portion.
Jacob's descent to Charan, where he lived with Laban, is the descent of the soul into the world.
Parshat Vayeitzei begins: "And Jacob went out of Be'er Sheba, and he went to Charan." Genesis 28:10. Keying on the fact that be’er sheba can mean “well of oath” or “well of seven,” the Midrash Bereishit Rabbah chapter 68 par. 7. tells us he left in order ...
When Shabbat falls out on Erev Rosh Chodesh (the day before Rosh Chodesh), the special haftarah I Samuel 20:18-42. titled Machar Chodesh is chanted instead of the haftarah connected to the parshah. The haftarah of Machar Chodesh tells that King Saul's son...
The haftarah for parshat Toldot speaks of how Isaac blessed Jacob, "May G‑d (haElokim) give you from the dew of the heavens and the fat of the land, and abundance of grain and wine." Genesis 27:28. Most of the blessings given to Abraham and Isaac are give...
The portion of Chayei Sarah begins, “And Sarah’s lifetime was 127 years, the years of Sarah’s life.” Genesis 23:1. The question is asked: If scripture already said, “And Sarah’s lifetime was 127 years,” why does it add, “the years of Sarah’s life?” Also, ...
We have the power to tap into the concealed levels of G-dliness.
It was terrifying not being able to breathe, while slowly fading with my thoughts racing.
A Commentary on the Haftarah of Simchat Torah
We have to take it to a whole new level, each according to his or her ability, making it part of who we are.
A Commentary on the Haftarah for the Second Day of Rosh Hashanah
G-d loves us so much, and he will have compassion and redeem us.
A Commentary on the Haftarah of Parshat Haazinu
By overcoming the darkness, the light is greater than it would have been without the difficulty.
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