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Learning from our children

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By Rabbi Baruch Lederman SAN DIEGO — On my way home one day, I stopped to watch a Little League baseball game that was being played in a park near my home. As I sat down behind the bench on the first- base line, I asked one of the boys what the score was ‘We’re […]

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Yerovom’s hubris led to his eternal downfall

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By Rabbi Baruch Lederman SAN DIEGO — The Medrash tells us about the wicked king, Yerovom ben Nevat, who began his career as a righteous king but turned evil.  Hashem had ordained him to split from the Kingdom of Judah, and form a separate kingdom called Kingdom of Israel of which he would be the […]

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Holding one’s temper has its rewards

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By Rabbi Baruch Lederman SAN DIEGO — Before modern washing machines and driers were invented, washing laundry was a time-consuming activity; all the clothes had to be scrubbed by hand and then hung on the clothes line outside to dry. One day, a woman put out a temporary clothes line in the front of a […]

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Why the rabbi did not eat

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By Rabbi Baruch Lederman SAN DIEGO — Rabbi Yaakov Hopfer, formerly Rav of Cong. Zera Avraham of Denver and currently a prominent Rav in Baltimore, attended a meeting of a number of charity organizations in Baltimore. The meeting was hosted in the home of a member of the community. The committee was discussing the best […]

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Something fishy about hating Shabbos

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By Rabbi Baruch Lederman SAN DIEGO — I had the extreme pleasure of meeting Rabbi Yitzchok Chinn of McKees Port, Pensylvania, when he was a guest speaker at a Chofetz Chaim Yeshiva Convention, where he told the following story: Rabbi Chinn knew an older Jewish man who said to him, “I hate Shabbos!” The Rabbi […]

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Sometimes things get worse before they get better

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By Rabbi Baruch Lederman SAN DIEGO–The bnai yisroel (children of Israel) were at their lowest point. After years of back breaking labor and cruel torment, Moshe had finally shown up as their redeemer. After Moshe went to Paroah, things got worse, not better. Paroah issued an order that the Jews now needed to gather their […]

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When the Chofetz Chaim saw what others didn’t

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By Rabbi Baruch Lederman SAN DIEGO — Once, a burly, gruff looking, man who had served in the Russian army, entered a Jewish inn and ordered a meal. When Jewish boys were drafted, it was usually the end of yiddishkeit for them. The army brainwashed them to worship Mother Russia rather than G-d. He plopped […]

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When dairy meals were a Chanukah custom

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By Rabbi Baruch Lederman SAN DIEGO — Last week, I reported that there is a minhag (custom) to eat latkes on Chanukah because they are made with oil.  This makes sense as oil was part of the miracle when one day’s worth of oil burned for eight days. I was rather astonished to learn this […]

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Have yourself an Orthodox Chanukah

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By Rabbi Baruch Lederman SAN DIEGO–This year, the first night of Chanukah is Tuesday December 16, 2014, at which time we will light one Chanukah light plus the shamash. The second night we light 2 lights plus a shamash. The third night we light 3 lights plus a shamash, and so on and so forth […]

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Why give kosher food to a treif eater?

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By Rabbi Baruch Lederman SAN DIEGO — A mitzvah is a precious gift for us to cherish always, wherever we are, whatever circumstances we find ourselves in, as the following true story illustrates: Thirty thousand Boy Scouts joined together in Virginia for a national Boy Scout Jamboree. Among the myriad groups of scouts who attend […]

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Everything in the Torah has importance

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By Rabbi Baruch Lederman SAN DIEGO –A Rabbi was giving a lecture and commented that everything mentioned in the Torah teaches us a deep eternal lesson that has a dramatic impact on our lives today and for all time. Every word of Torah is precious. A scoffer in the audience sneered,”What great lesson do we […]

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Questions the father of the bride- to- be should ask

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By Rabbi Baruch Lederman SAN DIEGO– A man once came to Rabbi Shmuel Rozovsky (1913-1979), the rosh yeshiva (dean) of Ponovezh Yeshiva in Bnei Brak, regarding a boy in the yeshiva who had been proposed as a match for his daughter. He asked the rosh yeshiva how many hours a day the boy learned; was he […]

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The good examples of Reb. Aharon Kotler

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By Rabbi Baruch Lederman SAN DIEGO — Yaakov beseeched Hashem (G-d) that his descendents should not be unworthy (vis. Rashi – shelo tehay psul b’zari). It was crucial to Yaakov that Torah carry on throughout the generations. When we study, practice and transmit Torah, we are bringing nachas (pride and joy) to our patriarch Yaakov. […]

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What the pupil taught the teacher

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By Rabbi Baruch Lederman SAN DIEGO — There is a story many years ago of an elementary teacher. Her name was Mrs. Thompson. And as she stood in front of her 5th grade class on the very first day of school, she told the children a lie. Like most teachers, she looked at her students […]

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