April 28, 2017  •  2 Iyyar, 5777 - 17th day of the Omer  •  Torah Portion: Tazria Metzorah, Leviticus 12:1-15:33  •  Haftorah: Kings II 7:3-20

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Going It Alone

The story is a familiar one. Dovid’s words are inexplicable. Naval, a thoroughly despicable scoundrel, was rich and successful. His shepherds and flocks had enjoyed the protection and support of Dovid’s men. Although word of Dovid’s anointing as the successor to Shaul had gotten out, he had still not overcome all opposition or consolidated his […]

A Shmoozer Can Also Be Meticulous About the Laws of Lashon Hara

These divrei Torah were adapted from the hashkafa portion of Rabbi Yissocher Frand’s Commuter Chavrusah Tapes on the weekly portion: CD #984 – What’s Tonight’s Sefira? Good Shabbos! They’re here! ALL  NEW Commuter’s Chavrusah Series 30 -Vayikra 30 is now available,  on  CD and MP3, to enlighten, inspire and perhaps amuse you with such fascinating […]

Social Responsibility

IN THE END, YOU suffer alone. That was one of the last Facebook postings of a young mother of six children who took her life this last Shabbos. Her marriage had failed and ended in divorce. After suffering for years, she shot herself while in her parents’ home, with five of her children in the […]

A Shabbos Bris

BS”D Volume 31, No. 26 3 Iyar 5777 April 29, 2017 We read in our parashah, “On the eighth day, the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised.” The Gemara (Sanhedrin 59b) says that, though this mitzvah was taught earlier in the Torah, it is repeated here to emphasize, “On the eighth day”–even when it […]


Once upon a time Yehudit and Leah were walking home after a hard day at school. For weeks, their class had been trying to behave perfectly, because they were promised a Rosh Chodesh party by their teacher if everyone’s behavior was good. But, on this day, some of the bags of treats set aside for […]


In the Friday afternoon service, TACHANUN is not recited (267:1). In the evening service, the wording of the second blessing after SHEMA is modified; see 267:3. In the AMIDAH (beginning and ending with the same three blessings as SHEMONEH ESREH, plus a single middle blessing), the middle blessing begins with the passage “The heavens and […]


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