Friday, March 31, 2017

Aneinu Please Say Tehillim

Please say Tehillim for Avrahom ben Esther Lea who is in a coma after a heart attack.

Thursday, March 30, 2017 Baby Needs Urgent Tehillim

Please say urgent Tehillim, Kapitel 1, for Tinok ben Ledicia, a newborn baby undergoing open heart surgery this morning.

[Aneinu] Tefillos Needed Today at 2:00

The family of Yechiel ben Shulamis Dubrish request that you please keep Yechiel in mind at 2:00 p.m. today since there is an important meeting today. Please daven say tehillim or do any mitzvah that should be a zechus for a yeshua. I"YH Besoras tovos

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OU TORAH Vayakhel Pekudei 5777 By Rabbi Shalom Rosner

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Aneinu Please Daven Test Today

Please daven for Hinda Laya bat Rayzel who is having an important test today. Please daven for a good outcome.

Aneinu Please Daven Surgery Thursday

Please daven for the friend of a Chicagoan, Dale bas Beatrice who is having surgery tomorrow, Thursday.

YU TORAH Toronto Torah: Vayakhel-Pekudei 5777

Toronto Torah for Vayakhel-Pekudei 5777 includes articles on the parshah, Professor Sperber's Minhagei Yisrael series, Rabbi Menachem Froman, Rabbi Zalman Sorotzkin and more.

CHABAD.ORG The Power of Blessing Life Lessons from Parshat Pekudei By Yehoshua B. Gordon

There are numerous references to the concept of blessings in this Torah portion. What is the special power of a blessing?

CHABAD.ORG Seeing the Forest Through the Trees Life Lessons from Parshat Vayakhel By Yehoshua B. Gordon

he name of each Torah portion contains the central theme and lesson for the respective portion. Comparing and contrasting the names Vayakhel and Pekudei crystilize two crucial life perspectives.


The Torah reading of the book of Shemot concludes this week with the reading of the total portion of Vayakhel and Pekudei. These two portions are a fitting conclusion to the long narrative describing the construction of the Taberncle/Mishkan. Every great project, whether physical or spiritual, is yet incomplete without an accounting being given as to the investment, effort and cost relating to the project.


Those of us who are living in the northern hemisphere of our globe are now anxiously awaiting the arrival of springtime and the end of the winter weather woes. Here in Israel we had a fairly normal winter with a decent amount of rain and a few cold spells. In the main however it was an unremarkable winter, weather wise. Nevertheless, winter is winter and I for one am anxiously and excitedly looking forward to the arrival of the spring season, the blooming flowers and trees and the great holidays of Pesach and Shavuot that make up the book ends – the beginning and the end – of the spring season here in Israel.

OU TORAH The Leader, A Partner Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb

Would you ever consider Rembrandt a leader? How about Mozart, or Frank Lloyd Wright? Each of them was certainly a leader in his own field, but none of them was an individual who had a public following, or who had an influence upon a nation or community. Rembrandt deserved his fame as an artist; Mozart, as a master composer of beautiful music; and Frank Lloyd Wright, for his architectural accomplishments. But none of them is considered a leader, notwithstanding their superior creative talents.

OU TORAH Encampments & Journeys Britain's Former Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

Right at the end of the book of Shemot, there is a textual difficulty so slight that it is easy to miss, yet – as interpreted by Rashi – it contains one of the great clues as to the nature of Jewish identity: it is a moving testimony to the unique challenge of being a Jew. First, the background. The Tabernacle is finally complete. Its construction has taken many chapters to relate. No other event in the wilderness years is portrayed in such detail. Now, on the first of Nissan, exactly a year after Moses told the people to begin their preparations for the exodus, he assembles the beams and hangings, and puts the furniture and vessels in place. There is an unmistakable parallelism between the words the Torah uses to describe Moses’ completion of the work and those it uses of God on the seventh day of creation: And Moses finished [vayechal] the work [hamelakhah]. And God finished [vayechal] on the seventh day the work [melakhto] which He had done.

RAV KOOK ON VaYakhel Part 2: Art and Creation

“Moses informed the Israelites: God has selected Betzalel... and has filled him with a Divine spirit of wisdom, insight, and knowledge in all craftsmanship.” (Ex. 36:30-31) Erecting_the_Tabernacle What exactly were these three gifts of wisdom, insight, and knowledge that God bestowed upon Betzalel? The Sages wrote that the master craftsman was privy to the very secrets of creation. Betzalel knew how to “combine the letters with which the heavens and the earth were created,” and utilized this esoteric knowledge to construct the Tabernacle (Berachot 55a). We find that King Solomon mentioned the same three qualities when describing the creation of the universe: “God founded the earth with wisdom; He established the heavens with insight. With His knowledge, the depths opened, and the heavens drip dew. (Proverbs 3:19-20) What is the difference between wisdom, insight, and knowledge? How do they apply both to the Creator of the universe and to the human artist?

RAV KOOK ON VaYakheil Part 1: Choosing a Leader

Betzalel’s Appointment God informed Moses of Betzalel’s appointment to oversee the construction of the Tabernacle, and Moses subsequently apprised the people. According to the Midrash (Berachot 55a), however, this was not just a perfunctory notification. “God asked, ‘Moses, is Betzalel acceptable to you?’ ‘Master of the world,’ exclaimed Moses, ‘if he is acceptable to You, then certainly he is acceptable to me!’ ‘Nevertheless, I want you to speak with the people.’ “So Moses went to the people, and asked them, ‘Is Betzalel acceptable to you?’ ‘If he is acceptable to God and to you,’ responded the people, ‘then certainly he is acceptable to us!’ The Sages learned from this story a lesson in public appointments: one should seek the people’s approval before assigning a leader. Still, it seems superfluous for God Himself to consult with Moses and the people. Certainly God knows who is best qualified to organize the Tabernacle construction; why bother consulting with Moses and the people? Was this just a formality, out of politeness?

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Aneinu Please Daven Surgery Tommorow

Please daven for a Chicagoan, Yaakov Koppel ben Bayla who is having surgery tomorrow. Your tefillos will help and very much appreciated.

Aneinu Please Daven Just Admitted to Hospital

A former Chicagoan was was just admitted to the hospital with complications with her appendix. Please daven for Malka Gittel Bas Devorah Leah.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Aneinu Please Daven Next 24hrs Critical

Please daven for a Chicagoan, Gabriel ben Kayla. The next 24 hours are crucial.

Thursday, March 23, 2017 Urgent Tehillim Request

Dear Naaleh Friends, Urgent tehillim request for Sarah Yaelle bas Bracha Esther, a young mother of three who is in need of רחמי שמים. Also please daven for Yitzchok ben Shulamis who needs a yeshua. Please note: in the previous Tehillim e-mail we made a mistake the correct name is:  Avraham Yitzchak ben Devora Shoshana   The Naaleh Crew

New Music Alert! Nachum Segal and Shmuel Marcus Debut 8th Day’s “Slow Down”

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

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Haggadah: Night of Emunah Stories and insights on the Haggadah HAGGADAH PICK # 6 5777(2017)

Prepare for a journey... Out of servitude... Into emunah... This is the night. Pesach is called the holiday of emunah, of faith. As we sit at our Seder table speaking of the wonders and miracles of the Exodus, we ignite a flame of emunah that will burn brightly throughout the year. Rabbi Binyomin Pruzansky is a brilliant storyteller, and in this unusual Haggadah he uses that talent to bring the story of Yetziyas Mitzrayim into our stories - our lives, challenges, hopes and accomplishments. And, especially, into our emunah. In addition to fascinating Torah insights, Rabbi Pruzansky offers story after story that highlights the emunah of the Jews, both famous personalities and simple people with rock-solid faith. He shares "kriyas Yam Suf" stories - when a person feels there is no way to go forward and Hashem miraculously brings him to where he wants to be. We will find emunah in a dangerous Arab village and on Brooklyn's Ocean Parkway. In the Soviet army and a luxury Pesach hotel. In traffic jams and basketball courts. We will explore the faith of our ancestors in Egypt, and the faith of people just like us. We will hear great stories -- and we will find ourselves strengthened. Haggadah shel Pesach: Night of Emunah pulsates with the energy of faith and hope; perfect for the holiday of emunah -- and just what we need to make our Seder table vibrant and meaningful on this night of renewed faith and trust. Print discount here.

Redemption, Then and Now HAGGADAH PICK # 5 5777(2017)

New for Passover 2017, the best-selling author of several books on Judaism now shares his insights into Seder night with the world. Redemption, Then and Now features the complete Haggada text alongside Rabbi Blech’s fascinating commentary and essays that explore the themes of the Passover holiday. Like many Haggadot under the Koren publishing house, this edition is double-sided: the Hebrew side comprises the Koren Haggada and translation, accompanied by the author’s commentary; the English side includes 23 short essays on the themes of Pesah, the Seder, and its various rituals. The commentary and essays are noted for their easy, accessible style, and the author’s great love for gematria and word play, featured throughout. Redemption, Then and Now: Pesah Haggada is published by Menorah Books, an imprint of Koren Publishers Jerusalem. Menorahis your Koren destination for quality fiction and non-fiction that warm the Jewish heart, appeal to the soul, and inspire thoughtful reflection in areas of Jewish spirituality and religious experience, for both adults and young readers. Order here use promo code matza for 20% off.

The Passover Haggadah by Rabbi Yosef Marcus HAGGADAH PICK # 4 5777(2017)

With Commentary from the Classic Commentators, Midrash, Kabbalah, the Chasidic Masters and the Haggadah of the Lubavitcher Rebbe Authored & Translated by: Rabbi Yosef Marcus Year after year we gather with family and friends for the traditional Passover Seder and reading of the Haggadah. Often times, the meaning behind the myriad of details accompanying the seder are lost to us as we make our way through the Four Questions, the four cups of wine, the matzoh and the bitter herbs and read the ancient words of the Haggadah. In the new Passover Haggadah layer after layer of meaning is uncovered as the dynamic text provides meaning and inspiration culled from all levels of Torah interpretation. In addition, a powerful message of immediate relevancy to our own lives is fleshed out and presented in an engaging and moving way. Compiled by well-known author and translator Rabbi Yosef Marcus, the volume gives the reader a comprehensive and fundamental understanding of the Seder and the festival of Passover. Anthologized from hundreds of commentators, classic to obscure, the commentary is crowned with the insights culled from the classic Haggadah of the Lubavitcher Rebbe. Set in elegant, two-color type with lively, original artwork, and printed in a deluxe gift edition, the Haggadah sets a new standard for beauty, clarity, comprehensiveness and relevance. The new Haggadah will sparkle on your Seder Table and will be the subject of conversation of friends and family as the beauty of Passover and its eternal messages come alive in this monumental work.

The Rav Pam Haggadah & Shir Hashirim HAGGADAH PICK # 3 5777(2017)

HaRav HaGaon R' Avraham Yaakov HaKohen Pam, zt"l, over a period spanning more than six decades, served as rebbi and moreh derech (life-guide) not only for Yeshiva Torah Vodaas, but for all of Klal Yisrael. Through the weekly talks he delivered in the yeshiva, and through countless public addresses, Rav Pam molded his students and elevated his audiences. Rav Pam would speak in a soft tone, with a wonderful sweetness of expression, which endeared him to his listeners. His words, however, were aflame with the passion of his ahavas Hashem(Love of Hashem) and ahavas haTorah. Strong and passionate, yet gentle and sweet, for sixty years and more, Rav Pam's voice transmitted the pure mesorah of the D'var Hashem to the Klal Yisrael. With the publication six years ago of the Hebrew commentary Mareh Kohen Haggadah, the public was reintroduced to this beloved voice. Culled from Rav Pam's shiurim and from his private notes, the commentary contained a wide selection of divrei Torah and hashkafah insights, arranged according to the topics and text of the Haggadah. This collection addressed a broad range of topics, such as Rav Pam's outlook on world events, his advice to individuals, the responsibilities of the Torah community, and divrei chizuk to help a person improve in his avodas Hashem. We are proud to present this English edition of the Mareh Kohen Haggadah, making this treasure trove of Torah thought available to the English-speaking public. The English edition contains the same wide range of content as the Hebrew edition, and includes, as well, an extensive index of the various topics discussed therein. English readers now have the opportunity to "hear" the original Torah and mussar of Rav Pam, and to be uplifted by his unique "voice."

V'Higadeta Pesach Haggadah HAGGADAH PICK #2 5777(2017)

For decades, Rav Yaakov Galinsky fulfilled the directive of the Steipler, Rav Yaakov Yisrael Kanievsky, zt"l, whom he knew in the Novardok yeshivah in Bialystok. "Reb Yaakov, the Steipler advised, "zolst zogen un zogen un zogen. You need to speak and speak and speak." Rav Galinsky delivered thousands of drashosin the halls of yeshivos and batei midrash, and before huge audiences, both religious and nonreligious. He is responsible for bringing many, many people closer to Hashem. Now these drashos are accessible in print to the English-speaking audience. The essays in this book include a large selection of Rav Galinsky's insights, lessons, and stories all related to the Pesach Haggadah. As you unearth this magnificent treasure of stories and real-life lessons, Rav Galinsky's drashos will transform you and your Seder.Print discount here.

Rav Yitzchak Zilberstein Haggadah Insights, Guidance and Chizuk from Rav Elyashiv, Rav Kanievsky and other Gedolei Yisroel related through stories by Rav Zilberstein(HAGGADAH PICK #1 5777(2017) IS Here

The Haggadah Chashukei Chemed is replete with wisdom from Hagaon Rav Yitzchak Zilberstein, shlita, Rav of Ramat Elchanan, Bnei Brak, son-in-law of Maran HaRav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, zt"l. Rav Zilberstein is one of the great poskim of our generation and hundreds of doctors consult with him regularly on halachic questions in medicine. His captivating lectures have left audiences throughout all segments of society spellbound. Aside from elaborating upon the story of Yetzias Mitzrayim, this Haggadah contains anecdotes about fundamentals of emunah, the development of Am Yisrael as Hashem's Chosen People, discussions on education, the obligation of giving thanks and praise to Hashem, Birkas Hamazon, Shir Hashirim, and more. So much more than just a Haggadah, this sefer will provide tremendous benefit to all who study it. May its words enrich their minds and bring joy to their hearts.

Gems from the Nesivos Shalom: Chag Hapesach and Sefiras Ha'omer IS Here

Nesivos Sholom. One of the most widely celebrated volumes on Jewish thought in recent history. The magnum opus of Reb Sholom Noach Berezovsky zt"l, saintly Rebbe of a vibrant chassidic dynasty, the impact of the Nesivos Sholom extends well beyond the tight-knit enclave of Slonimer adherents. Since its publication in the latter half of the twentieth century, Nesivos Sholom has become a standard text in the study-halls and homes of Torah Jews from one end of the spectrum to the other. For the first time ever, this modern-day classic is now accessible in the English language. With the release of the sixth volume - focusing on the messages and lessons of Pesach and Sefiras Ha'omer, the English-speaking public can discover what it is about Nesivos Sholom that has captured the hearts and minds of Jewish seekers worldwide. Is it the crisp, engaging treatment of such a wide range of relevant topics? The masterful blend of chassidic thought and scholarly analysis, mystical concepts and illustrative narratives, penetrating insight and inspirational messages? Or is it simply the pristine beauty that emanates from the sacred words of an individual referred to by some as the "Mesillas Yesharim of our generation"? For the accomplished scholar or the earnest layman; the educator or the parent; anyone - young or old - seeking to advance their Torah knowledge and connection with the Creator - this volume has a wealth to offer. With Hashem's help, these teachings of the Nesivos Sholom will greatly enhance your life.

The Exodus You Almost Passed Over Hardcover – by Rabbi David Fohrman IS ON AMAZON

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[Aneinu] Please Daven - Surgery Thursday Morning

Please say Tehillim for the husband of an Aneinu member, Dovid Ben Malka Maltza, who will be having surgery tomorrow morning, Thursday, at 8:30 AM. Please daven that the surgery be successful and he have an easy and speedy refuah shlema.

NAALEH.COM Tehillim Update

Dear Naaleh Friends, Please have in mind the following people in your Tefillot: Avraham Yitzcham ben Devora Shoshana who is a young father going through chemo right now. Gedalyah Yehudah ben Shayna Charna who is having surgery today and needs recovery will be through out the weekend and first part of next week. l'havdil, we regret to inform our list that Chai Yehuda ben Rachel passed on this week. The Naaleh Crew

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OU TORAH Parshat Ki Tisa 5777 By Rabbi Shalom Rosner

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YU TORAH Toronto Torah: Ki Tisa 5777

Toronto Torah for Ki Tisa/Parah 5777 includes articles on severance pay in Israel, Rabbi Yitzchak HaLevi Herzog, the Haggadah of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, Rabbi Ovadia Yaavetz and more.

CHABAD.ORG Is Technology Kosher? Life Lessons from Parshat Ki-Tisa By Rabbi Y B Gordon

The sin of the Golden Calf is from the greatest tragedies in Jewish history. Examining the status of gold in the Torah serves as a model for the proper approach to new discoveries in technology.


One of the most important, albeit only subtly presented, messages in this week’s Torah reading is that of the enormous influence that current culture fads and beliefs have upon the society of its time. I do not believe that there is any other way for us to review the events of the creation and the worship of the Golden Calf by the Jewish people. Amazing in its brazenness and brainlessness, a people witness to a plethora of miracles and Godly revelation itself, in a moment of crisis, reverts back to paganism and idolatry. The whole idea of worshiping images and statues as though they had life and powers is completely foreign to our society. It is not part of our current culture and by simply applying basic logic, we are able to see it for the empty falsehood that it is.


I recently was on the tour of the Galilee region here in Israel. The tour stopped for a visit in the town of Rosh Pina. Because of cars parked on both sides of the street, the bus was unable to negotiate and brings us to the top of the hill where the walking tour would begin. Since I had visited Rosh Pina a number of times previously, I decided that I would remain on the bus instead of climbing all the way up the hill. However when the bus driver parked the bus all the way down the hill, he sweetly informed me that I could not stay on the bus and that he was going to lock it up and go to the synagogue for the afternoon prayer service.