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1 DEAN CASPER on 2008 09 12


2 HSGriffin on 2008 09 12

Wonderful dvar!

Good Shabbos!

3 David Kunkel on 2009 08 28

Interesting in that it ties together a concept of gratitude with another mitzvah learned in this parsha, to chase away the mother bird before collecting eggs from a nest. The Talmud says that this is the easiest mitzvah while honoring your parents is the hardest (yet both grant the same reward, longevity). Why is Kibud Av v’Em the hardest? because it requires gratitude for a debt that can never be repaid. Just as Moab and Amon were severely punished for failing to display gratitude for Avraham’s legacy of life, we must take feeling gratitude--to HaShem, to our friends, family, employers, service personnel, etc., very seriously. I’ll use this as the basis for my Friday Night Drosh. Yasher Koach!

4 yitzchak rosenbaum on 2009 08 28

always enjoy this . but we are finishing 5769 not 68. goot shabbos /shabbat shalom

5 Chaim on 2009 08 28

"How can a lack of hospitality be worse than killing us and drowning our children?” With all due respect, it isn’t. Can you envision anyone who kills and drowns our children having an ounce of hospitality?

6 Yankel Batalion on 2009 08 28

Reb Yankel,
Just wanted to say thank you for meeting with me for lunch the other day and for this beautiful D’var Torah in memory of my father,A"H. May we be zocheh to do this again every year. Have a good Shabbos.

7 Draga on 2009 08 29

Dear Rabbi Haber,

I can see a lot good thinkgs around me and bad as well. Is that enough to become Jewish? smile

8 Conrad Adelman on 2009 08 31

We’re actually winding down the year 5769 as I was born in the year 5700 and, B’H’m, will be celebrating my next birthday on the second day of Rosh Hashanah.

9 yehoshua on 2011 09 09

This is a beautiful gratitude song, entitled על כל אלה, written by Naomi Shemer and sung by Yossi Banai.
Not only should we be thankful for the honey, but also for the sting.  Not only should we appreciate the sweet, but also the bitter.  The end of the chorus is fitting for this time of year and Zionist, too, since it associates teshuva with return to Eretz Yisrael.
And thank you, Rav Haber, for all your insightful divrei Torah.

על הדבש ועל העוקץ,
על המר והמתוק,
על בתנו התינוקת
שמור אלי הטוב.

על האש המבוערת,
על המים הזכים,
על האיש השב הביתה
מן המרחקים.

על כל אלה, על כל אלה,
שמור נא לי אלי הטוב.
על הדבש ועל העוקץ,
על המר והמתוק.
אל נא תעקור נטוע,
אל תשכח את התקווה
השיבני ואשובה
אל הארץ הטובה.

שמור אלי על זה הבית,
על הגן, על החומה,
מיגון, מפחד פתע

שמור על המעט שיש לי,
על האור ועל הטף
על הפרי שלא הבשיל עוד

על כל אלה…

מרשרש אילן ברוח,
מרחוק נושר כוכב,
משאלות ליבי בחושך
נרשמות עכשיו.

אנא, שמור לי על כל אלה
ועל אהובי נפשי,
על השקט, על הבכי
ועל זה השיר.

על כל אלה…

10 Akiva Miller on 2012 08 29

The message in this article is a true and important one, but I feel the phrase (used twice, by the way) that “the nations of Amon and Moav can not become Jewish” is an unfair exaggeration. They certainly can convert, as we see from Ruth, who was from Moav. It might have been better to write that they cannot become *fully* Jewish, in the sense that after they convert, they cannot marry “regular” Jews (that is, those who are not either a convert or a mamzer or also from Amon or Moav)—but even that is an exaggeration, as it applies only to the *men* of Amon and Moav (as we also see from Ruth). On the other hand, I concede that the question of why these restrictions apply only to the men and not the women would distract us from Rabbi Haber’s important message about gratitude, which is indeed why these restrictions were imposed on the men of Amon and Moav.

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