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Who makes the rain, daddy?

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By Rabbi Baruch Lederman SAN DIEGO –It started as a joke. I was on the way out the door to work one day when my wife told me to take my hat and raincoat. “It’s going to rain today” I said, “But it’s nice out now. I’ll take my chances.” I came home soaked. A […]

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Was this shidduch made in heaven?

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By Rabbi Baruch Lederman SAN DIEGO– Yitzchak, son of Rav Shlomo, Rabbi of Vienna, was once walking in a forest park on the outskirts of Vienna. He was immersed in thought, mentally reviewing his Talmud studies. He enjoyed these walks so that he could concentrate and clarify the finer points of his lessons. On this […]

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What good are those prayers for the dying?

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By Rabbi Baruch Lederman SAN DIEGO — When praying on behalf of someone who is seriously ill and they unfortunately pass on, there is a tendency to grow despondent and to be overcome by a feeling that one’s prayers are for naught. The Steipler Gaon once enumerated some areas in which such tefillos achieve significant […]

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Lessons to be learned from donkeys and horses

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By Rabbi Baruch Lederman SAN DIEGO — Bilam was traveling with his donkey, when for no apparent reason, the donkey stopped in its tracks. Biliam started to beat the donkey, when miraculously, the donkey spoke and said to Bilam, “Am I not your donkey on which you have ridden since you first started until now? […]

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Memories of Rebbitzin Pesha Leibowitz

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By Rabbi Baruch Lederman SAN DIEGO — On Thursday, Sivan 28, 5764, June 17, 2004; Rebbetzin Pesha Leibowitz, a”h, returned her soul to her creator. “The Rebbetzin” as we called her, was at the same time very simple and very complex. I was privileged to be able to fly in from San Diego for the […]

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Shavuot message: Torah observance needs understanding

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By Rabbi Baruch Lederman SAN DIEGO — We received the Torah and accepted the commandments at Har Sinai (Mount Sinai). It is our duty to pass them on to the next  generation with love and wisdom. Rabbi Yitzchok Chinn of McKees Port Pensylvania, knew an older Jewish man who said to him, “I hate Shabbos!” […]

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Who goes through the synagogue door first?

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By Rabbi Baruch Lederman SAN DIEGO–One morning the revered Rosh Yeshivah, Rav Yaakov Kamenetzky, zt”l, was about to enter Mesivta Torah Vodaath, when a teenager sprinted forward to open the door for him.  The boy was holding his own Tefillin while also holding the door open for him to enter. Rav Yaakov stopped at the […]

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Visualizing is a step toward problem solving

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By Rabbi Baruch Lederman SAN DIEGO — “The L-rd spoke to Moses after the death of the two sons of Aaron…   …he shall not come to the Sanctuary at all times…  …so that he should not die.” (Leviticus 16:1-2) Rashi teaches us that the Torah emphasizes the death of the sons of Aharon before listing […]

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The rabbi didn’t need a feasibility study

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By Rabbi Baruch Lederman SAN DIEGO — Two thousand years ago lived Rebbi Akiva – the greatest Rabbi of his generation, and one of the greatest Rabbis of all time. He amassed 24,000 talmidim (students). They flocked to bask in his greatness and learn his Torah. Rebbi Akiva’s talmidim were the pride of the generation. […]

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An 18th century Passover plot in Prague

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By Rabbi Baruch Lederman SAN DIEG0 — The local baker was plotting to poison the Jews of Prague. His fiendish plan was to use our own holiday against us. He knew that the  Jews did not eat bread during that holiday of Pesach, and that the day after the holiday, they came in droves to […]

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The Passover case of the stray wheat grain

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By Rabbi Baruch Lederman SAN DIEGO — A newlywed couple in Jerusalem was spending their first Passover Seder at her parents. The girl was from a very prominent religious family. The boy was a budding Torah scholar. Both came from families of sterling character and reputation. During the meal, the young man noticed something floating […]

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What is a ‘necessity?’

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By Rabbi Baruch Lederman SAN DIEGO –The Kapischnitzer Rebbe, Rabbi Avraham Yehoshua Heschel (1888-1967), was renowned for his love of every Jew. He lived in a very modest apartment. The furniture was simple and the floors were worn. Yet that was all he and his wife needed. One day, the Rebbe’s daughter said to him, […]

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A bus versus a funeral

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By Rabbi Baruch Lederman SAN DIEGO — In 1991, on Shabbos Terumah, the soul of our three-month-old son Shlomo Moshe Lederman was returned to its Creator. His shocking death was due to SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndorme), meaning that he was a perfectly healthy happy baby who suddenly and inexplicably died. The funeral was held […]

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The pharmacist whom the Chofetz Chaim envied

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By Rabbi Baruch Lederman SAN DIEGO–In Radin, there lived a pharmacist.  The man was not only a caring apothecary; he was involved wholeheartedly in any Jewish cause, from supporting the Yeshivos, to feeding the poor, to maintaining the shuls.  His support was sincere and enthusiastic.  He was once asked, “Where did this enthusiasm come from?” […]

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