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Rabbi Ben Tzion Shafier
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Recent articles by Rabbi Ben Tzion Shafier
Parshas Mishpatim – The Effect of an Action “Holy people you shall you be to Me: you shall not eat flesh of an animal that was torn in the field; to the dog you shall throw it.” — Shemos 22:30 The Torah tells us that if a sheep or goat is killed while grazing, it Read more
“And Yaakov lived in the land of Egypt seventeen years; and the days of Yaakov — the years of his life — were one hundred and forty-seven years.” — Bereishis 47:28 The Ba’al HaTurim explains that the gematria (numerical value) of the word vayechi (lived) is seventeen. The Torah is telling us that Vayechi — Read more
“And they related to him all the words of Yosef that he had spoken to them, and he saw the wagons that Yosef had sent to transport him, then the spirit of their father Yaakov was revived.” — Bereishis 45: 27 For twenty-two years, Yaakov Avinu was in a state of mourning. His beloved son, Read more
“And from the Nile rose up seven cows beautiful of appearance and healthy of flesh.” — Bereishis 41:2 Pharaoh had a dream. First, seven “good” cows came out of the Nile. Then seven “bad” cows came up and consumed the first cows. When he awoke in the morning, he called for Yosef to interpret the Read more
Parshas Vayeishev – I never promised you a rose garden “And they sat to eat bread, and they lifted their eyes and saw a caravan of Yishmaelim coming from Gilad, and their camels were carrying spices, balsam, and birthwort to bring down to Egypt.” — Bereishis 37:25 The most difficult period in Yosef’s life Yosef Read more
Parshas Vayishlach – An Accomplice to Evil “The sons of Yaakov came upon the corpses of the city that had defiled their sister.” Bereishis 34:27 Shechem, the son of Chamor, set his sights on Dina. He carefully laid a trap to entice her out of her tent, and then kidnapped and defiled her. When Yaakov Read more
Chanukah – The Power Given to Man “The main reason for the decree against the Jewish people was because the Kohanim became lazy in their service.” – Bach, Tur Shulchan Aruch 670 Almost every yom tov has a festive meal associated with it; Chanukah does not. The Bach explains that Chazal established these days as Read more
The Sensitivity of a Tzadik Parshas Vayeitzei “Then Yaakov kissed Rochel and he raised his voice and wept.” Bereishis 29: 11 When Yaakov met Rochel at the well, he experienced conflicting emotions. He felt tremendous joy at having finally met his bashert, yet he raised his voice and cried. Rashi explains that he cried Read more