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April 2020

Curing the Age-Old Plague

At this time of the year during the Counting of the Omer, Rebbe Akiva's 24,000 students died because they didn't properly respect one another. We still mourn them, almost 2,000 later, because we haven't yet corrected their sin. We're all still guilty of intramural hate. Do you know why? We haven't yet learned the lesson of the Four Sons on Seder night. Let me explain, with an amazing story from fifty years ago, about my father, of blessed memory...


Recalculating Our Route

To understand what's happening today in current events, and to understand yourself better in the midst of the pandemic and subsequent limitations and difficulties, let's look at three types of people who encounter an obstacle in the road. They're driving to an urgent meeting in a neighboring city and all of a sudden, they discover that a whole section of the road they're travelling on has been washed away in a rain-storm flash-flood from the previous night. How do the three different types react? Which one are you?


The Geula and Belief in Moshiach

The twelfth of our Thirteen Principles of Emuna requires us all to eagerly anticipate Moshiach. There's no one, religious or not, who doesn't want Moshiach, so where is he? Why has it become so unpopular to talk about Moshiach, to the extent that the rabbinical leaders of our generation are hush on the subject?

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My Name is Moishie

You know the old expression: Sticks and stones can break my bones but words can never hurt me! Whoever coined that never learned Torah and didn't understand much about the human soul. There are plenty of adults walking around today with deep emotional scars that never healed because of a derogatory nickname that someone gave them when they were young. If that someone was a parent, it takes a miracle to heal the insulted child's soul, who grows up with a negative self-image that's worse than a physical handicap. Today's lesson is a must for any parent or for anyone who aspires to be a parent.


The Water on the Roof

There's a classic historical pattern whenever Antisemitism exploded in full force; it was always preceded by plague, unemployment or economic crises. The same pattern is repeating itself right now with all three phenomena simultaneously, and it's becoming more acute every day according to the new 8-page Simon Weisenthal Center report. What can we do about it?


Boomerang Bread

Every act of charity and lovingkindness - chesed - earns the merit of multiple Torah mitzvoth simultaneously. The good a person gives comes back eventually in an amazing manner as we learn in today's podcast as we see the words of our prophets come alive.

UPDATE: Meet Yuval Carmi, the hero of our story in the podcast, and see the Channel 13 clip that caught the undivided attention of all of Israel, including the Prime Minister. Even if you don't understand, your heart will feel the pain of someone who has lost his income; not even the reporter could keep from crying. But, Hashem dried those tears as you heard in our podcast. Here's Yuval:


Corona Vertigo

Vertigo is a term that jet pilots use to describe spatial disorientation. When a pilot approaches the sound barrier, strange things can occur, especially on a clear-day's flight over water. The pilot is liable to become disoriented, and to confuse the blue of the sea as the blue of the sky, and vice versa. Enjoy today's podcast and have a lovely Shabbat with a very healthy summer.