Monthly Archives: June 2012

Fleeing to the Good Side

In the Haftorah for Parshat Chukat, we are told of the birth of Yeftach. His mother is a “zona” and his father’s rightful children push him out. The Haftorah uses an interesting word for his leaving. The haftorah uses the … Continue reading

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Modesty and Humility

The Shikker Dovid has been learning some of the second chapter of Bava Metzia. On page 23b (at the bottom) the Talmud makes a statement: A young torah scholar may “change his words” (deviate from the reality, Gd forbid lie) … Continue reading

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God Cares About our Money- Do We?

The Shikker dovid would like demonstarte how the the ‘cattle”, used three times in chapter 20 reveals how gd takes care of us. In parshat chukas, chap. 20 4, the bnei yisreal complaint that they have no water and will … Continue reading

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Community, Kehilla and Spiritual Purity

The ShikkerDovid for the first time would like to make a controversial statement. He is against people attending “start up” shabbat morning minyamin. He feels that they sap the vitality and energy of shuls whose mandate goes beyond just prayer. … Continue reading

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Rise and Remove

The Shikker Dovid loves when one word changes the meaning of pasuk in the Torah, or when Rashi puts a new spin on an idea with one word. In parshat Korach, chapter 16, verse 23-4: Gd spoke to Moshe saying: … Continue reading

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Silence is Godliness

The ShikkerDovid has been busy with less than existential things lately (quarterly taxes and difficult clients), however He would like to share an idea from the Haftorah of Parshat Shlach. The Haftorah from Joshua chapter 1 tells us Joshua sent … Continue reading

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Sensible Judaism

On a personal note, the Shikker Dovid tries to find moral lessons and ideas in the Torah. The Torah is a guide to leading a moral and ethical life. The bottom line is that Gd wants us to be sensible … Continue reading

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