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Yosef Berkovits Presents… The Essence of a Jew

I would like to share with you the story of ‘Schneiweisz,’ a ‘kapo’ in the Concentration Camps, and why my father a”h would say Yizkor every Yom Kippur for his soul’s ascent. But before we start, a few words on

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Yaakov Hibbert Presents… No Man’s Land

This is a story about four people: Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody. There was an important job to be done and Everybody was asked to do it. Everybody was sure Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but

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Yaakov Hibbert Presents… Wow Now

I was alerted to a very fascinating study. Caitlin Mahy invited 90 children to her lab and she showed them a photo of some pretzels and a glass of water and asked them which they’d prefer to have now. As

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Yaakov Hibbert Presents… Hallel

Recently we had the pleasure to say Hallel quite often; for nine days of Succos, then for two days of Rosh Chodesh, and Chanukah is round the corner with another eight days of Hallel. This week I would like to

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Yaakov Hibbert Presents… Covenants

There are some terms that get thrown around but many of us have little understanding of what they actually mean. One such term that appears quite often in the Book of Genesis is the “Bris” – usually translated as a

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Yaakov Hibbert Presents… New Year’s Resolutions

The first Shabbos after Succos has a special name – ‘Shabbos Beraishis’. Why? One answer given is that during the special days of the High Holidays; days of introspection, we all have surely taken upon ourselves some ‘new year resolutions’

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Yaakov Hibbert Presents…Closed for Stock Take

The first mention of Succos – not the Yom Tov but the ‘booths’ – occurs in the Torah after the famous meeting between brothers Yaakov and Eisov. We read, “And Yaakov journeyed to Succos and built himself a house, and

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Yaakov Hibbert Presents… Forever Young

This week we read the description of Hashem’s anger against a generation of Jews who are, “a generation of reversals – children whose ’אמן‘ – is not in them”. Rashi translates ”אמן“ form the verb ‘to raise/educate’. The verse reads,

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Yaakov Hibbert Presents… Power of Prayer

In the special Haftarah for the Shabbos Shuva – the Shabbos that falls in between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur we find Hoshea appealing to the Jews to do Teshuvah [Repentance]: “Return Yisroel to Hashem you G-d … And let

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