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Divrei Torah

Smart Chesed begins with the wisdom of the Torah.
These Divrei Torah are written by our Executive Director, Rabbi Avrohom Leventhal, unless otherwise noted.
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We Were Robbed!

The day I asked: Why wasn’t Rav Kook or his Torah ever quoted, mentioned or referenced?
September 2, 2022

It's the Thought That Counts

There is nothing sweeter than when we respect the dignity of another person.
March 10, 2022

Do You Know Where You’re Going To?

HaShem wanted the home for His Shechina to be built by people from “across the spectrum” of the Jewish nation.
March 3, 2022

Fueled By Fire

The mitzva to bring the half-shekel coin, as mentioned in Parshat Shekalim, is the balance of thought and deed.
February 24, 2022

The Fragrance of the Flagrant

Even traitors and sinners among the Jewish people have qualities 'as the smell of a field that the Lord has blessed.'
February 17, 2022

All the Colors in the Rainbow

When we come to appreciate the qualities of others and cherish how those differences are unique and beneficial, we will achieve true unity.
February 10, 2022

And How Would You Feel?

I was privileged to learn about consideration for others and see it in action from one of my students.
January 27, 2022

To Lead in Need

A true leader understands that in a time of crisis, the members of their flock are looking for guidance, reassurance and comfort.
January 12, 2022

Und Vos Zogt Gott?

One who has a position of leadership or influence must be extremely careful with their statements, commentary and behavior.
January 6, 2022

The Hippo in the Room

Each person and everything has the potential to contribute to society. Even when the benefactor is an inanimate object, we should recognize how it affects our lives for the better.
December 30, 2021

Loving Rebuke

There are times that we must guide or correct one who may be doing something harmful to themselves or others. The impact of the message can be determined by the method of the messenger.
December 9, 2021

The King and We

Being the leader is not manifested by simply wearing a crown or living in the palace.
November 30, 2021

Counting the Little Things

As Jews, we must acknowledge every gift and kindness from Above, no matter how minute it may seem.
November 24, 2021

The Sin of Omission

You can never know how that little bit of attention can make another’s day and in some cases their life.‬
November 12, 2021

Nurturing Natures

Every child is born with unique characteristics and qualities and the potential to maximize them. It is the task of the parents to nurture the nature of that child.
November 4, 2021

If He Only Knew

Are our words and actions congruent? Do we aim to do even more than we say? Do we under-promise and over-deliver?
October 27, 2021

They are Watching You

Parshat Vayera, perhaps more than any other, provides many examples of how the deeds of parents, and other influencers, can so affect the actions of those observing.
October 20, 2021

The All Star Cast

Regardless of intentions, the result of doing good is a better, kinder and more functioning world.
October 14, 2021

The Straw That Broke Noach's Camel

The decision to destroy His creation was not easy for G-d. The level of sin had reached a level that He could no longer “tolerate”.
October 7, 2021

Standing 2gether

The knowledge that we are equal in the eyes of G-d should help us in washing away our prejudice and ill feelings towards others.
September 2, 2021

I Hate to Tell You This

Relationships are the lifeline of our existence. The connection to our spouse, parents, children, co-workers, friends and others around us are a 2-way street. We must make certain that we are sending the proper signals to all those in our lives.
August 19, 2021

Ain’t It Good to Know You’ve Got a Friend

Never underestimate what your smile can do for another person.
August 12, 2021

The Tell Tale Heart

Judaism obligates us to provide for what another needs. That requirement stretches beyond the material to encompass the needs in the emotional and spiritual realm.
August 4, 2021

Money, The Root of...

How is tzedaka so powerful that it can protect one from death?
July 29, 2021

Matot Masai: The Legend of Billy the Neder

Our words and thoughts can harbor acts of love and kindness and the redemption that they will bring.
July 8, 2021

My Meirke Parshat Pinchas

One must be as concerned for the welfare or plight of another even when there is no personal agenda
June 30, 2021

Balak: Bilaam’s Handle on the Jewish Door

The Parsha in Chesed – Balak: The most famous blessing of Bilaam is: 'How Goodly are Your Tents, Yaakov, Your Dwelling Places Yisrael'
June 24, 2021

Not Such Little White Lies

The truth is, however, that we all have the ability, on some level, to replicate the trait of Aharon.
June 17, 2021

A Project for Life

Israel and the world needs a revolution. The Jewish people are broken and split apart. We need to put them back together again.
By Rabbi Yaacov Haber
June 11, 2021

Restrain to Sustain: How to Win Any Argument

The Parsha in Chesed – Korach
June 9, 2021

Parshat Shelach: Get Back to Where You Once Belonged

The pandemic and closing of borders has kindled the longing for our Land
June 3, 2021

The Community of One

The Korban Pesach (Pesach sacrifice), mentioned in this parsha, is the synthesis of the individual in relation to the community.
May 27, 2021

The Parsha in Chesed - Naso - One Nation, Under G-d

No matter what or with whom the relationship is, we should strive to make it the best, and holiest, it can be.
May 20, 2021

The Parsha in Chesed - Bamidbar - The Personal Touch

We all appreciate personal attention from others in our lives. We all need to be recognized and acknowledged.
May 13, 2021

The Parsha in Chesed – Behar – Put Them in Their Place

The time has come to put the needy in their proper place.
May 5, 2021

The Chance for a Second Chance

We don’t need to wait for a Pesach Sheni or Lag B’omer to appreciate second chances
April 28, 2021

Grab the Torah by its Foot!

As parents, we know that there is no greater pleasure than seeing our children getting along with one another. And no greater pain than discord among siblings. Our Father above is the ultimate parent.
April 21, 2021

Simple Hakarat Hatov

The ability to live in a country where we can be Jews freely requires from us as Jews, at the very least, simple gratitude.
April 15, 2021

The Stork Reality

The Parsha in Chesed - Shmini.
April 7, 2021

How Kind Is Your Kindness?

Why did G-d command the Israelites to ask the Egyptians for gifts if they would receive the spoils at the Red Sea?
March 31, 2021

The Parsha in Chesed – Pesach

Around the Table and Under Your Nose
March 26, 2021

The Parsha in Chesed: Vayikra - The Pulse on the Finger

The finger has a very important place in Judaism in general, and in this parsha, in particular.
March 19, 2021

Don’t Judge A Sink by Its Cover

The Parsha in Chesed – Parshat Vayakhel.
March 10, 2021

Purim: A Gift of Unity

This week in 'The Parsha in Chesed' series: the festival of Purim.
February 25, 2021

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