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    The Mitzvah of Settling the Land

    Land of Israel: G-d-Given Right or Legal Right?

    Translated by Hillel Fendel

    The Land of Israel belongs to the People of Israel by virtue of the Divine promise – but it is incumbent upon us, the People of Israel, to walk in the path of our Patriarch Abraham and actualize this right and ownership.

    Rabbi Netanel Yossifun | Cheshvan 22 5782
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    The Essence of Yom Kippur

    The Yom Kippur Time Tunnel

    Why is it important that atonement and repentance remain outside the framework of time?And we may be like angels on the Day of Atonement, but the rest of the year, we are simply flesh and blood, so how are our sins of the year atoned for?

    Rabbi Netanel Yossifun | Tishrei 9 5782
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    Ki Tetze

    Finding Our Power & Channeling It

    "When you go out to war against your enemies…" Going to battle means "going out," leaving our regular routine and habits. The Torah educates us to gentle behavior, to making concessions, and certainly not to kill – under normal circumstances. But in wartime, killing Israel's enemies is a mitzvah, and requires one to become nearly a different person, one with great strength and aggressiveness. These are traits that can cause a person to lose the proper balance...

    Rabbi Netanel Yossifun | Elul 11 5781
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    Ki Tetze

    Returning Lost (Spiritual) Items

    The story is told of a brother and sister who set out to search for spirituality. Each one found something: The brother found and returned to Judaism, while his sister fell under the influence of a guru in India and decided to remain there...

    Rabbi Netanel Yossifun | Elul 11 5781
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    Repentance

    T'shuva - It's Not What You Think

    one of the elderly Russian women asked Rav Kook's mother, "Tell me, please: We're on our way to the Holy Land to meet our god, but why would you Jews be going there? Mrs. Kook answered without hesitation: "You're going to visit a dead god, but we're going to meet the living G-d."

    Rabbi Netanel Yossifun | Elul 4 5781
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    Repentance

    The Teshuva of the Treasury Minister

    A short story and explanation of the power of Teshuva to transform sins into merits

    Rabbi Netanel Yossifun | Av 28 5781
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    Shavuot

    Time To Stop and Think!

    Translated by Hillel Fendel

    This mental process of "stopping" in order to undergo the experience in a deep and personal manner, is very important particularly for our generation, immersed as it is in externals and constant racing.

    Rabbi Netanel Yossifun | Sivan 3 5781
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    The Seventh Day of Pesach

    Shhh… It's a Secret (for Now)!

    Translated by Hillel Fendel

    [There is a] very profound story [that] alludes to a unique aspect of Shivi'i shel Pesah - an aspect that is central and fundamental to the entire process of the Final Redemption. Is concerns the Chabad tradition that the Besht instituted an afternoon meal on this last of Passover, known as the Seudat Mashiah [Feast of the Messiah]...

    Rabbi Netanel Yossifun | Nissan 23 5781
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    Tu B'Shvat - The Power of Longing

    Translated by Hillel Fendel

    Jonathan Pollard had landed in Israel! First thing he bended down to the ground of the holy Land of Israel – and kissed it. Why was this moment so special?

    Rabbi Netanel Yossifun | Shvat 15 5781
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    The Meaning of Hanukkah

    The Hidden Candle

    One year when lighting the first candle of Hanukkah with Rabbi Baruch from Mez'ibose' , the flame jumped and disappeared from the candle, with no signs of smoke. How does the flame, the darkness and the exile connect Hanukkah?

    Rabbi Netanel Yossifun
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