Parshas Zochor

The Mitzvah to Eliminate Amoleik in Every Generation


“Asei lecho Rav” – “Appoint a Rabbi for yourself”
to Fight the Negative Force of Amoleik

Who Poisons Man with the Delusion that He Understands Everything!



The Opinion of the Chasam Sofer:  Remember Amoleik Once a Year

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Amoleik Introduces Doubt and Uncertainty into One’s Belief in Hashem

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Amoleik equals ROM the Klipah of Haughtiness

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 The Danger of Believing that Success Is Due to “My Might and My Brains”

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Homon a Descendant of Amoleik Was Vanquished by Mordechai a Spark of Moshe’s



Translation Zochor 5772


Parshas Truma

Let Us Fulfill HKB”H’s Request Even in Golus:


“Build One House for Me that I May Dwell within It”

Study Halls in which HKB”H Learns Torah


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Parshas Terimoh 5772

Translation Terimoh 5772

Shabos Shkolim

The wonderful revelation of the Shl”o Hakodesh


“Machatzis HaShekel” — Shabbos, Rectifies the Sin of the “Egel”
On Shabbos Klal Yisroel Carry the Kisei-Hakovod Themselves


“Ki siso es rosh” – when we elevate the 3 letters of the word “Rosh”
to the 3 letters that follows the result is Shabbos


The letter following “reish” is “shin”; the letter following “aleph” is “beis”; the letter following “shin” is “tov.”
Thus, we have the letters of the word Shabbos


The Machatzis HaShekel Refers to Shabbos Kodesh
The first letters of the words; S-habbos K-odesh L-ashem  are the word Shekel


The ultimate purpose of creation is that Klal Yisroel themselves,
and not the “Chayos-Hakodesh” should carry the Kisei-Hakovod


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Shekolim 5772

Translation Shekolim 5772

Parshes Yisro

The Magnificent Association between the Two Commandments:
“אנכי ה’ אלקיך” – “כבד את אביך ואת אמך”
Recognizing and Appreciating the Kindness Performed on One’s Behalf!


HKB”H Included the Mitzvoh of Honoring One’s Parents
among the Mitzvos Bein Adam La’Makom

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“Kibud Av v’Em” Is a Bridge Connecting the Two Luchos

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One Must Honor One’s Parents in Recognition of Their Favor

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The Basis for Fulfilling All of the Mitzvos Is
Our Debt of Gratitude to Hashem

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“Dveikus” in Hashem  Hinges on the Awareness
that We Are Dependent on Him

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Dear Chaveirim.

In this week’s parsha, parshas Yisro, we learn about the phenomenal revelation on Har Sinai and the giving of the Torah to Klal Yisroel.  Hashem descended on Har Sinai and gave us the Aseres Hadibros – Ten Commandments — the foundation of the entire Torah.  In this essay, we wish to examine the fifth commandment — an important, positive commandment that we are obligated and privileged to fulfill on a daily basis — (Shemos 20, 12): “Kabeid es Ovicho vees Imecho”  “Honor your father and your mother, so that your days will be lengthened upon the land that Hashem, your G-d, gives you”.

Concerning the importance of this Mitzvoh, we have learned in the Gemoreh (Kiddushin 30b):  “There are three partners involved in the creation of a person — HKB”H, his father and his mother”.  Rashi explains that one’s parents provide the physical, bodily structure, while HKB”H supplies the neshomeh. The Gemoreh adds: “When a person honors his parents, HKB”H states:  I consider it as if I had dwelt  among them and they had honored Me”.

This statement can be understood in light of the following Gemoreh (Soteh 17a):  “Rabbi Akiva lectured that when a man and a woman are worthy, the Shechinoh dwells among them”.  Rashi explains:  Hashem split His name, “yud-kei,” in two and placed the letter “yud” in the midst of the word for man, “ISH“, and the letter “hei,” in the end of the word for woman, “ISHO”. Consequently, when a person honors his parents, HKB”H considers it as if they, the parents, had honored Him.  Having a righteous child is testimony to the fact that the parents merited the Divine Presence — the Shechinoh in their home. 

We introduce a valuable insight provided by the Kli Yakar. He proves that the Mitzvoh to honor one’s parents is a Mitzvoh “bein adam la’Makom” — between a individual and his master HKB”H.  He basses it on the commentary of the Ramban in this week’s parsha, who teaches us that the two “luchos” divided the commandments up into two distinct categories.  The five commandments on the first tablet were comprised of mitzvos “bein adam la’Makom.”  By contrast, the five commandments on the second tablet were comprised of mitzvos “bein adam l’chaveiro.”

Thus, we are confronted by the following question:  why did HKB”H include the commandment of “kibud av v’em,” honoring one’s father and mother — which seemingly is a Mitzvoh “bein adam l’chaveiro” — among the first five commandments?  This emphasizes the fact that this is indeed a Mitzvoh “bein adam la’Makom,” because HKB”H compares the honor due to a parent with the honor due to Him.  This is the gist of the Kli Yakar’s powerful insight.  It is important to note that this idea was previously described in the Baal HaTurim HaShalem al haTorah and in the Maharal of Prague’s Tiferes Yisroel (Chapter 36).  

One Must Honor One’s Parents in Recognition of Their Favor

Continuing our journey we introduce one of our early commentaries, the author of the Chinuch (Mitzvoh 33), who explains the rationale underlying the Mitzvoh of honoring one’s parents.  We must recognize the debt of gratitude that we owe them for bringing us into this world and for their sacrifices on our behalf while raising us.

He cites the Gemoreh (Kiddushin 31b) which states that honoring a parent includes giving them food and drink, providing them with clothing, covering them and assisting them to get about.  Then, the Chinuch adds a very important point.  By recognizing the debt of gratitude we owe to our parents, we begin to appreciate the tremendous debt we owe to HKB”H for bringing us and all of our ancestors into this world and supplying us with all of our needs throughout our lives.  Without the spiritual soul that he endowed us with, we would be no better or wiser than a beast of burden, such as a horse.  It is essential to keep this in mind as we serve Hashem. 

It turns out, amazingly, that with the first commandment: “Onochi Hashem Elokecho” — HKB”H intended to convey the message that the basis for our obligation to fulfill all of the mitzvos of the Torah is the recognition of our debt of gratitude to HKB”H for taking us out of Egypt as Rashi expresses this point in his commentary on this possuk in the name of the Mechilta. 

Thus, the intimate connection between the first and fifth commandments is apparent.  The Mitzvoh to honor one’s parents derives from the debt of gratitude we owe to our parents for bringing us into this world.  Similarly, the commandment “Onochi Hashem Elokecho”, which signifies our acceptance of the Almighty’s sovereignty over us, stems from our recognition of our debt of gratitude to HKB”H for taking us out of the land of Egypt — “Asher hotzeisicho meieretz mitzrayim”.

So brothers & friends let us remember every moment and never forget, the great zechus we have to honor our parents.  This mitzvoh is a real guarantee as Hashem has promised with his holy thundering voice on Har Sinai: “Honor your father and your mother, so that your days will be lengthened upon the land that Hashem, your G-d, gives you”.

Let us all have a wonderful and sweet Shabbos


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Parshas Yisro 5772

Translation Yisro 5772


Parshas Beshalach & Shabbas Shiroh


I am sorry to report that this week we don’t have a English translation. Nevertheless I am positive that you will be able to tackle it just the same.

Have a wonderful and sweet Shabbos.


המקובל האלקי רבי שמשון מאוסטרופאלי הי”ד

שרו של מצרים “סורב” שמו – אותיות “סר בו”

ונרמז בראשי תיבות: ס’וס ו’רוכבו ר’מה ב’ים

הקדוש רבי שמשון מאוסטרופאלי: “וירא ה’ כי סר לראות”,

משה חשב שבמכירת יוסף פגמו בי’ שמות הוי”ה בגימטריא ס”ר

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השיב לו הקב”ה: “אל תקרב הלום”, שלא פגמו בשם הוי”ה

כי אם בשם אהי”ה, וי’ פעמים אהי”ה בגימטריא רד”ו

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שר של מצרים סור”ב – ס”ר בו, קטרג על ישראל

שהם צריכים להיות עוד נ’ שנה במצרים להשלים ר”ס שנה

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אריז”ל: פרעה לא האמין בשם הוי”ה,

לכן אמר: “מי ה’ אשר אשמע בקולו”, אבל האמין בשם אלקים

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זרע קודש: הטב”ע בגימטריא אלהי”ם שהוא דין,

לכן כשעוסק בעניני הטבע צריך לייחדו עם השם הוי”ה רחמים

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בעשרה מאמרות נזכרו עשרה פעמים מאמר “אלקים”,

וצריך להמתיקם על ידי התייחדותם עם י’ שמות הוי”ה

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חידושי הרי”ם: על ידי עשר מכות נכנעה התנגדות המצרים

לאמונה בעשרה מאמרות ונעשה מהם עשרת הדברות

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בשירת הים נזכרו עשרה שמות הוי”ה המנהיגים

וממתיקים את עשרה שמות אלקים בעשרה מאמרות

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