Bris

Divrei Mordechai

B’Eilon Mamre (Perek Yud Ches Pasuk Alef). Rashi explains that Hashem went to visit with Avraham on the 3rd day after his Bris Milah, circumcision. Hashem appeared to Avraham in Mamre’s territory because "Shenasan Lo Eizah Al HaMilah". Mamre was one of three people Avraham had gone to with questions…

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Pidyon Haben - a bit of an explanation

The Rishonim and Achronim (from the Sforno and Gra, to Rishonim at the start of Kiddushin) have a general machlokes about the nature of pidyon haben; what exactly is this transaction thing? Some hold that pidyon haben is simply one of the presents due to the Kohannim. Just like Terumah…

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Understanding the Blessing given at a Bris Milah - Chuppa, Torah, Maasim Tovim - What is the connection?

During the Bris Milah ceremony, the following blessing is given to the parents of the baby boy "כשם שנכנס לברית כן יכנס לתורה לחופה ולמעשים טובים" "In the same way that you entered the Bris, so should you enter marriage, Torah and good deeds"

What is the similarity between these…

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The Special Kedusha of a Baby

At the beginning Parshas Tazria we are told that a woman who gives birth will be tamei (spiritually impure - for none of a better word). Why is this? One answer is as follows: When something kodosh (holy) leaves the world, there becomes a void and a vacuum that is…

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Bris Milah and Vayera

"B’Eilon Mamre" (18:1). Rashi explains that Hashem went to visit Avraham on the 3rd day after his Bris Milah, circumcision. Hashem appeared to Avraham in Mamre’s territory because Mamre was one of three people Avraham had gone to with questions on the Bris Milah. Mamre was the only one who…

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Raising YOUR child

Raising YOUR child

Imagine a child raised by Hashem. What a tzaddik he would be. He would spent his whole life learning Torah and preforming mitzvos. But look at what happened to Yishmael...

The pasuk says that after Yishmael was sent away from the home of Avraham Avinu, HaShem personally raised Yishmael (Bereishis…

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