Blessing, Blessing, Whose Got the Blessing?

12/01/12 17:09:12

Dec1

R Pesach Siegel

Parshas VaYishlach 5773

Yaakov Avenu feared for his life. He left the home of his father-in-law Lavan and was on the way back to Eretz Yisroel. His wicked brother Eisav vowed to kill him.

He sent angels bearing gifts and words of placation to his brother, Eisav. He said, “You are my master, I am...Read more...

Jacob's Ladder

11/23/12 08:53:53

Nov23

R Pesach Siegel

Parshas VaYeitzei 5773


Hashem expresses His will from the heavens and when we follow His wishes we thereby reveal Hashem in this world, thus joining the two worlds together. When Adam HaRishon sinned, he caused a rift in Hashem’s world. Down here, in Olam Hazeh, there was another agenda. It is not Hashem who rules, chas veshalom.


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Will the Real Eisav Please Stand Up?

11/16/12 08:54:07

Nov16

R Pesach Siegel

Parshas Toldos 5773

After twenty years of marriage, Yitzchok and Rivkah are blessed with the birth of twin boys. During her pregnancy Rivkah was puzzled. When she passed a Beis Haknessess, Yaakov fluttered and attempted to leave the womb. Upon passing a Beis...Read more...

Burning By Proxy

11/02/12 10:00:06

Nov2

R Pesach Siegel

Burning By Proxy


Avrohom Avenu was tested. Hashem commanded him to offer his son Yitzchok upon an altar on the Mount Moriah. He performed his task with total devotion, bilev shalem. He was prepared to slaughter his son, but at the last instant he was...Read more...

A Sign For The Children

10/26/12 10:32:28

Oct26

R Pesach Siegel

Parshas Lech Lecha 5773

This week’s parshah ushers in the period of the Avos HeKedoshim, Avrohom Yitzchok, and Yaakov.

Avrohom Avenu, upon entering Eretz Canaan, travelled along the length and breadth of the land. His journey began from the city of Shechem. 

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Not Enough Room?

10/19/12 10:57:37

Oct19

R Peach Siegel

Parshas Noach 5773

 

At the end of Parshas Breishis, it is told that Noach had children at the age of five hundred years old. Rashi quotes the words of Rav Yudan, “What is the reason that all the other generations had children at the age of one hundred years...Read more...

Monumental

09/14/12 07:42:22

Sep14

R Pesach Siegel

Parshas Nitzavim 5772

 

Moshe Rabeinu, in taking his leave from the Bnei Yisroel prior to his passing, addresses the assemblage. He says to them, "You are a monument (nitzavim), today, all of you, in front of Hashem, your G-d, the heads of your tribes, elders, the enforcers, all men of Israel,...Read more...

Chained By Love

08/31/12 11:27:50

Aug31

R Pesach Siegel

Parshas Ki Seitzei 5772

This week’s parsha contains a procedure that never was and never will be.

The topic of the Ben Sorer U’Moreh, the iniquitous son, is a complex one. He is a glutton, a drunkard, and most of all he doesn’t listen. This is a hazardous combination. He will...Read more...

We See As One

08/17/12 05:57:17

Aug17

R Pesach Siegel

We See As One


The portion of the upcoming week begins with the words, “See, I have placed before you today blessing and curse. The blessing? Hear the commandments of G-d your Lord. The curse? If you fail to hear the commandments of G-d your Lord.”


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The Little Things

08/11/12 19:48:05

Aug11

R Pesach Siegel

The Little Things

The Torah states, “Vehaya eikev tishma’un “ – and it will be, eikev, that you listen. There are a number of meanings suggested for the word “eikev.” 

Rashi understands it to refer to the mitzvos kalos – the minor commandments, that are trodden upon by...Read more...

It's Not About Monkeys

08/03/12 12:07:58

Aug3

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Broken Walls

07/27/12 12:09:26

Jul27

R Pesach Siegel

Broken Walls

 

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Recapturing Yosef

07/20/12 12:17:41

Jul20

R Pesach Siegel

Parshas Matos

 

Hashem commanded Moshe Rabeinu to exact the vengeance of the Bnei Yisroel from the Midianim. Moshe, assigned Pinchos to the task of meting out Hashem's vengeance to the Midianim. (1)

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Our Daily Bread

06/15/12 12:14:39

Jun15

R Pesach Siegel

Our Daily Bread

 

The Meraglim, upon returning, brought the Bnei Yisroel to tears. They told them of the giants who inhabited the land. They brought back examples of  huge proportions of produce which was needed to sustain the inhabitants.  The...Read more...

All You Can Eat ...

06/08/12 11:35:57

Jun8

R Pesach Siegel

Parshas BeHa'aloscha 5772


The converts among the Bnei Yisroel were filled with a ta’avah, a passion. They wanted meat. “Who will give us meat?”


They longed for the fish that they ate...Read more...

A Stroll in Gan Eden

05/18/12 06:56:03

May18

R Pesach Siegel

Parshas BeChukosai 5772


The Torah relates to us the benefits of following in the path of the chukim, as it says, “Vehaya im bechukosai talaychu.” The timely rain will produce bountiful crops. The wild animals of the field will be in awe of you. The...Read more...

Self Negation Equals Existence

05/11/12 09:18:20

May11

R Pesach Siegel

Parshas Emor/BeHar 5772


In the land of Mitzrayim, among the Jewish slaves, there was a woman by the name of Shlomis bas Divri. Her husband, Nerya the grandson of Dan, was beaten to death by Egyptian taskmasters, who proceeded to force themselves upon her,...Read more...

The Burning Fires of Molech

05/04/12 12:01:28

May4

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Emunah = Clarity

04/27/12 09:36:46

Apr27

R Pesach Siegel

Emuna = Clarity

(Based on the words of Mori VeRabi, Rav Aizik Ausband, z"l)

The Torah in Parshas Kedoshim tells of the repercussions of one who places his trust in the powers of Ov and Yid’oni (Those who bring forth voices through the dark arts). The...Read more...

The Hidden Present

03/16/12 09:29:19

Mar16

R Pesach Siegel

The Hidden Present

 

 

In this week’s Torah portion, Hashem tells Moshe to gather the "Adas Yisroel" from the Jewish people, and to command them to give Trumah to the Mishkan. Then Hashem tells Moshe to keep the holy Shabbos, and that all those...Read more...

Disappearing Ink

03/02/12 05:53:16

Mar2

R Pesach Siegel

Disapearing Ink

 In order to understand this week’s Torah portion, Parshas Tetzave, we must do so by the light of Parshas Ki Sisa. In Parshas Ki Sisa Moshe is pleading. He is pleading for the life of the Bnei Yisroel....Read more...

They Gazed .... They Ate ...

02/17/12 09:59:16

Feb17

R Pesach Siegel

Parshas Mishpatim 5772


As Moshe Rabeinu ascended Har Sinai, the posuk states, “Vayechezu  es Ha’Elokim vayochlu vayishtu.” The prestigious ones, Nadav and Avihu, gazed upon the vision of Elokim, and they ate and drank. The Bnei Yisroel were warned against going up upon Har Sinai and...Read more...

Parshas Bo 5772 - Blinded by the Light

01/27/12 09:37:28

Jan27

R Pesach Siegel

Blinded by the Light

Parshas Bo - 5772


Hashem commanded Moshe Rabeinu to extend his hand over the heavens. Darkness descended upon Mitzrayim. Three days man was unable to see his fellow man. Three additional days the darkness...Read more...

To Love a Hunter

11/25/11 06:44:55

Nov25

R Pesach Siegel

                                                                            Parshas Toldos 5772
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Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones ...

09/23/11 10:19:42

Sep23

R Pesach Siegel

Parshas Nitzavim 5771

 

The parshah begins with the words, “Ve’atem nitzavim hayom kulchem lifnei Hashem Elokeichem” – And you are standing today, all of you, before Hashem your G-d.

 

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The Left Side

09/16/11 10:39:44

Sep16

R Pesach Siegel

Parshas Ki Savo
 

 

In Parshas Ki Savo  (perek 27 pasuk 12-14) the Torah writes that at Har Gerizim and Har Eval the Bnei Yisroel split into 3 different sections. On Har Gerizim were the Tribes of Simon, Levi, Yehudah, Yissachar, Yosef (the tribes of Menasheh and Ephraim combined), and Binyomin. The Tribes of Reuven, Gad, Asher, Zevulun, Dan, and...Read more...

Parshas Ki Savo

09/16/11 10:33:38

Sep16

R Pesach Siegel

Parshas Ki Savo
 

In Parshas Ki Savo  (perek 27 pasuk 12-14) the Torah writes that at Har Gerizim and Har Eval the Bnei Yisroel split into 3 different sections. On Har Gerizim were the Tribes of Simon, Levi, Yehudah, Yissachar, Yosef (the tribes of Menasheh and Ephraim combined), and Binyomin. The Tribes of Reuven, Gad, Asher, Zevulun, Dan, and Naftali were on Har Eval. In the...Read more...

Get Inside Yourself

09/09/11 10:26:41

Sep9

R Pesach Siegel

Parshas Ki Seitze 5771

 The beginning words of Parshas Ki Seitze are an enigma. The posuk says, “Ki seitze lamilchama al oyvecha unesano Hashem Elokecha biyadecha.” When you go to war against your enemy, Hashem will deliver your enemy into your hands

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A Shtikel & A Ma'aseh

09/02/11 11:23:54

Sep2

R Pesach Siegel

I heard this most amazing story from HaBachur HaChashuv Elan Javanfard. I’ll let him tell it in his own words:

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 I came in from Los Angeles for the chasunos of two of my friends. The first one was the chasuna of Naftali Friedman. Rabbi Siegel was filling in the...Read more...

Seeing Straight

08/19/11 11:09:44

Aug19

R Pesach Siegel

Seeing Straight

This week’s parshah begins with the words, “Vehaya eikev tishma’un” – and it shall be in return for your listening, you will be showered with all the blessings that Hashem...Read more...

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