Va’eschanan contains, amongst other treasures, the first paragraph of the Shema. In it (6:6) we are commanded that ‘these words that I command you shall be on your hearts’ (al levavecha); a phrase on which the Sfas Emes asks a cracker of a question and volleys back a classic answer.…

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Using the enemy

The pasuk (6:5) commands that you shall love HaShem with all your hearts (be’chol levavcha), which Rashi reveals refers to loving HaShem with both your inclinations; the yester hatov and the yetzer hara. How can one possibly use the yetzer hara - that force which attempts to hijack one’s spirituality…

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Seek advice don't rely on your emotion!

We read the Posuk every day in the Shema, "You shall love Hashem, Your G-d, With all your heart" (6:5)

Chazal tell us that "all your heart" means with both your Good and Evil inclinations. Why is it necessary to tell us to serve Hashem with our Good inclination? The good…

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Today not Yesterday!!

The posuk states "And these words i command you today shall be upon your heart" (6:6)

Rashi says on the word "today": Let the words of Torah not be as an old royal edict which people don't attach much importance, but rather let them be like a new royal edict which…

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Another Reason Jerusalem was destroyed!

The Posuk says "Do what is right and good in Hashem's eyes, so that He will do good to you and you shall come and inherit the land"

Rashi states that the beginning of this posuk means that we should obligated to beyond the strict requirments of the Torah.


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Idolatry & adultery

Our sedra sees the repetition of the ten commandments. These comprised of two tablets, each with five commandments on. These two sets of five pair up with each other; each with its adjacent commandment on the opposite tablet, as the kli yakar (shemos 20;13) explains. For example, the first commandment…

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the odd one out of the 6 remembrances (short vort)

After shacharis, many have the wonderful custom to say the six remembrace psukim printed in the siddurim just before the 13 articles of faith. They are the remembering of maaseh miriam, of mattan torah, of korach, yetzias mitzrayim, the egel hazahav, and shabbes. And appropriately, all six start with 'remember,'…

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