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You Snooze, You Lose. Or Do You?
Author: Rabbi Shmuel Maybruch, LSW
February 16th, 2017
Your alarm rings, startling you and arousing you from deep slumber. You hit the snooze button for a few more minutes of coveted rest. It rings again and you dutifully turn it off. You notice intellectually that you have to get up, but you stay in bed until the last second. Perhaps you lie in a semiconscious state for “just a few minutes.” Maybe you choose to reset your alarm for a later time and stay in bed for a while. You might rati …
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O Say Can You Sea?
Author: Rabbi Shmuel Maybruch, LSW
February 10th, 2017
A people in bondage for over two centuries was majestically and miraculously led out of enslavement to its national destiny. The capstone of that magnificent exodus was the splitting of the mighty waters just as their persecutors hounded them. The Jewish people paraded through the Red Sea. The Egyptians, following them in hot in pursuit, drowned soon after. Exhilaration filled the air as the nation witnessed the miracle of G-d parting the Sea and …
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Are You Dating While Still in the Freezer?
Author: Rabbi Shmuel Maybruch, LSW
February 3rd, 2017
Some Yeshivos mandate a moratorium on dating for new students. Students that enroll are not permitted to date for the first several months of the zman (semester). Since a student’s dating ability is suspended until that restriction expires, this is colloquially termed “the freezer.” For students that began studying in the winter zman (semester), “the freezer” opens in the middle of Shevat. Soon, newly dating men and …
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I Caught the Cold
Author: Rabbi Shmuel Maybruch, LSW
January 25th, 2017
On an exceptionally rainy and cold winter morning, Rav Yehoshua Trunk of Kutna, a great 19th century Russo-Polish rabbinic scholar, was intensely studying with his students. Suddenly, he closed his Gemara and invited them to accompany him on a stroll. The students looked at one another quizzically. Gradually, they followed him to the outskirts of the city and walked toward the intercity road. As they neared the way, they saw a peddler laboring in …
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A Deep Sense of Sheim
Author: Rabbi Shmuel Maybruch, LSW
January 17th, 2017
“I am so tired I can’t even keep my kids’ names straight!” How often do you experience something like that? Mixing up names can be very frustrating. You might see it as an indication of our own fatigue, stress, or lack of presence of mind. You might also attribute it to diminishing memory. In some of the most famous lines in Romeo and Juliet, Juliet proclaims: What’s in a name? that which we call a rose By any other …
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Let’s Start at the Very Beginning…A Very Good Place to Start
Author: Rabbi Shmuel Maybruch, LSW
January 9th, 2017
The first book of the Bible is called Genesis because it deals with the genesis, or creation, of the universe. The name has its roots in the term used by our Sages, “Sefer HaYetzirah – the Book of Creation.” Nachmanides (Ramban, Introduction to Exodus) comments that the name refers to another formation as well. The Jewish People was founded as Abraham concretized monotheism and transmitted his beliefs to his son Isaac and grands …
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Consorting With the Enemy
Author: Rabbi Shmuel Maybruch, LSW
January 3rd, 2017
Did you ever hear of Timna? She was an extraordinarily outstanding biblical personality who had private conversations with each of the patriarchs. Timna was authentically religiously motivated – designated by the Sages as having true Yiras Shamayim (fear of Heaven). Yet, she became resigned to history at best with anonymity, and perhaps with ignominy. Timna was a princess in the biblical Horite Dynasty. She deeply desired to convert to the …
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My Chanukah Almost Flu Away
Author: Rabbi Shmuel Maybruch, LSW
December 29th, 2016
This Chanukah I received a present that came amidst a personally trying week. The Center for Disease Control missed the prediction for the influenza vaccine this year. Despite their forecast of which strains of the flu might be most prevalent, they did not target the right types of virus. Consequently, there has been a widespread flu epidemic, even for people that have had the vaccination. My local community was hit hard – and my family did …
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I Just Have To Ask My Wife
Author: Rabbi Shmuel Maybruch, LSW
December 22nd, 2016
I’ll get back to you. I just have to ask my wife. Sure. Let me see what my husband thinks. That sounds fantastic. I just have to see if my wife agrees. Many conversations that we have with other people include our spouses as the last word. In discussions regarding anything from setting up a chavrusa (Torah study partner) to making an appointment for therapy to going to the gym, we often relegate the final decisions to our spouse …
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Whom Do You Learn Torah With?
Author: Rabbi Shmuel Maybruch, LSW
December 16th, 2016
Do you ever study Torah alone? Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik (known to his students as "the Rav") once eloquently described his experience studying and teaching Talmud: "I start the shiur (lesson), I don't know what the conclusion will be. Whenever I start the shiur, the door opens, another old man walks in and sits down. He is older than I am. All the talmidim (students) call me the Rav, he is older than the Rav. He is the great, the grandfather …
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