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    The Value of the Nation of Israel

    The Source of Israel's Uniqueness

    Translated by Hillel Fendel

    The uniqueness of the People of Israel does not begin with the appearance of the people of Israel, but well before that. As R. Yehuda HaLevy says in his classic work HaKuzari, we already see differences between people starting from the days of Adam HaRishon – the first human being to live on the face of the earth – and we comprehend that not everyone is equal.

    Rabbi Chaim Avihau Schwartz | Nissan 6 5781
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    Jewish Thought

    The Relevance of the Nation to Torah Study

    "Jewish emuna, of course, stems from Torah, but the very foundation begins with Israel, as the Birkot HaTorah [Blessings over the Torah] emphasize. Hashem created and chose Israel, and created Torah as well, and then matched us up together. And from amid this profound connection, we arrive at the true understanding of the connection between Israel and G-d, via the Torah..."

    Rabbi Chaim Avihau Schwartz | Adar 20 5781
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    Having Faith in Hashem

    What Is Emuna & How To Get It

    Translated by Hillel Fendel

    Translated by Hillel Fendel

    Rabbi Chaim Avihau Schwartz | Adar 7 5781
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    The Life of Tzaddikim

    Humility and Leadership

    The heart still refuses to accept the fact that Rav Avrum is no longer with us in this world. Rav Avrum, who was so full of life, so full of joy, so full of light, the light of Torah and the light of sanctity, so full of wisdom and acumen. Could it be?

    Rabbi Chaim Avihau Schwartz
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    Noach

    The Source of Israel’s Uniqueness

    Parashat Noah

    Humanity is divided from the very outset. It is impossible to claim that humankind is one. It contains various shades. Various opposing forces. "And I will make of you a great nation." It is not that we make ourselves great. God makes us great.

    Rabbi Chaim Avihau Schwartz | 5764
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    Tu Bishvat

    Dates, Pomegranates, and Eretz Yisrael

    Whatever becomes the property of the Jewish people, even if it starts out on a material level, is eventually elevated to a spiritual one. The bond between the Jewish people and the land of Israel inevitably leads to great spiritual refinement.

    Rabbi Chaim Avihau Schwartz | Tu BiShvat, 5757
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    Rav Shim'on Bar Yochai

    Shifting the Focus of Lag Ba'Omer

    Focus on R. Akiva The Spokesman Who Were the "Students"? His Greatness

    Rabbi Chaim Avihau Schwartz | Iyar 5761
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    The Essence of Rosh Hashana

    The Cycle of the Holidays of Tishrei

    Rosh Hashanah. Yom Kippur. Sukkoth. Why is Sleeping in a Sukkah the Principle Mitzvah of Sukkoth? From the Individual to the Nation as a Whole. Shemini Atzert.

    Rabbi Chaim Avihau Schwartz | Tishrey 5756
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    The Haggadah

    The Month of Nissan - A Unique Possession

    The month of Nissan resembles the heart. The heart sustains everything, sending blood to all of the body's organs. Regarding Nissan it is written, "Safeguard the month of spring," for it symbolizes the return of life to the trees after their long winter dormancy.

    Rabbi Chaim Avihau Schwartz | nissan 5762
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