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Yosef Berkovits Presents… Self Belief

Many circuses tie their baby elephants to a peg immediately after birth, I recently read, so as to prevent them from escaping. Fascinatingly, the same peg deters the elephant even when fully grown! From repeatedly trying to release itself unsuccessfully,

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Yaakov Hibbert Presents… The Leader

This week we reach the finale – the Jewish Nation leave Egypt after 210 years of slavery. But let us take a closer look at how our sources describe the redemption; in particular how the redemption compares to the subsequent

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Yaakov Hibbert Presents… Home Sweet Home

When you think of home, what images come to mind? One fridge magnet reads, “Home is a place you grow up wanting to leave, and grow old wanting to get back to!” Another reads, “Home is an invention on which

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Yaakov Hibbert Presents… Moses

Several years ago I performed an interesting Bris in my house. The only Jewish males present at this bris were myself, the baby and my good friend R’ Shmuel Schwarz – who was going be the Sandek (to hold the

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Menachem Schreiber Presents…Outburst or Breakout

Yaakov Avinu is nearing the end of his days. He gathers his sons and attempts to share with them the answer that we are all dying to know: When will the Messiah come? G-d has other plans and Yaakov’s Divine

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Rabbi Guttentag Presents…Royal Wagon

And they spoke to him all the words of Joseph which he had spoken to them, and he saw the wagons which Joseph had sent to carry him, and the spirit of Jacob their father was revived. (Bereishis 45;27) The

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Shmuel Schwarz Presents… “Write On the Horn of an Ox!”

The Medresh at the beginning of the book of Berieshis says that the word ‘darkness’ used to describe the world prior to creation; is a specific reference to the exile of the Jewish people at the hands of the Greeks

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Yaakov Hibbert Presents… Studies in Talmud

How does the average house in South Korea differ from the average house in England? The average house in South Korea boasts a ‘Talmud’ on its bookcase! Around Purim time 2010 there was a newspaper report circulating that Talmud Study

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Shmuel Schwarz Presents… Hey You ****** Jew

Have you ever had the experience of walking down the street and being shouted out by a group of passing youths or a cowardly scream from a car “Hey you ****** Jew!”? The question I’ve always had is; in a

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