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The Most Important Trait

“And it will be, that the maiden to whom I will say, ‘Lower your pitcher and I will drink,’ and she will say, ‘Drink, and I will also water your camels,’ her have You designated for Your servant, for Isaac, and through her may I know that You have performed loving kindness with my master.” (Bereishit – Chapter 24:14)

The Gemarah Chulin 95a states: An omen which is not after the structure pronounced by Eliezer Abraham’s servant, or by Jonathan the son of Saul, is not considered a divination!

Rav Rovman in his sefer zichron Meir asks how was it possible for …

A Small Miracle & a Lot of Love

According to the Gemarah in Shabbos 21:a (Rashi) the celebration of Chanukah was decreed because the oil, which was supposed to last one day, lasted for eight days. But at the same time the Jews were saved from the total destruction of their spiritual values and the loss of their Torah in a very miraculous manner. Wasn’t this a greater miracle?Let’s ask another question: Our Rabbis tell us that Josef also experienced a miracle as he was being brought down to Egypt by the Yishmalim. They were carrying spices instead of carrying tar, so the that Josef would have a …

The Real Fear

The verses in this weeks Torah portion Bereishit 32:7-8 state: “The angels returned to Jacob saying, ‘We came to your brother, to Esau, and he is also coming toward you, and four hundred men are with him.’ Jacob became very frightened and was distressed, so he divided the people who were with him and the flocks and the cattle and the camels into two camps.”

Rav Yerucham Levovitz, the great pre-WWII Mirrer mashgiach enlightens us to the fact that Jacob surely was not afraid in the same terms that we would be afraid, but rather he was afraid that maybe he …

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