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Short Vort

Rabbi Flam wrote for Jemsem for several years. His sudden petirah has left us devastated. We are leaving his column and archives up for you to view, think about, and grow from…L’ilui Nishmaso.

Pirkei Avos 3:8

“One who walks on the road while reviewing Torah ”

“One who walks on the road while reviewing Torah, and interrupts his learning and says ‘How beautiful is this tree…’, he bears guilt for his soul.”

“Wouldn’t it be better for me to pray when I feel like it, rather than be dictated by a specific time etc??”

There are many answers to that question, but based on a thought I saw from Rabbi Dr. Abraham Twerski on Avos 3:8, I would say the following: Before the Torah was given, people attained closeness to Hashem based on their emotions and intellect. Once we received the Torah and the Mitzvos, they became the vehicle that brings us to Hashem. (Of course we must use our intellect and emotions in our service of Hashem, but the Torah is the foundation.)

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Nissan 5766

Pirkei Avos 2:11

“Let your friend’s honor be as dear as your own. Do not anger easily.”

“I am sorry I said that to you, but I just lost my cool.”

Some commentaries learn that “Let you friend’s honor be as dear as you own” and “Do not anger easily” as one idea :When we lose our temper we violate other people’s honor.

Hatzlacha!

Rabbi Chaim Flom

If anyone has any questions about the “Short Vort” for Rabbi Flom, or would like to receive his weekly dvar Torah, contact him athflom@zahav.net.il

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Shevat 5766

Pirkei Avos 2:10

“Go and see which is the evil path to stay away from…Rabbi Yehoshua says ‘an evil friend’, Rabbi Yose says ‘an evil neighbor’ “. “I want you to stay away from him, he’s a bad influence” is something that all of our mothers have told us and we can easily can understand it. However, we don’t always realize how much our surroundings affect us. Being aware is the first line of defense.

Hatzlacha !!

Rabbi Chaim Flom

If anyone has any questions about the “Short Vort” for Rabbi Flom, or would like to receive his weekly dvar Torah, contact him athflom@zahav.net.il

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Teves 5766

Pirkei Avos 2:9

“Rabbi Shimon says ‘One should consider the outcome of a deed.'”

“That was an amazing response you gave to his question!! How did you know that?”

“Before I spoke I went over my speech and thought of questions that people might ask. Since I know that I can fool myself, I actually envisioned people asking me these questions, so I had to make sure that I had good answers.”

The literal translation of the word “consider the outcome” (Hebrew “roeh es hanolad”) means “see the outcome”!!

Hatzlacha !!

Rabbi Chaim Flom

If anyone has any questions about the “Short Vort” for Rabbi Flom, or would like to receive his weekly dvar Torah, contact him athflom@zahav.net.il

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Kislev 5766

4 Kislev 5766

Pirkei Avos 2:8

“One who increases wealth increases worry…One who increases charity increases peace.”

Some people want to have a lot of money in order to feel secure. The Mishna says that won’t work. Only when people realize that they have to earn their money in a Kosher way (not hurting others, or doing illegal acts,etc.) because Hashem is the “Mechalkel Chaim” (supporter of life) and spend it properly (zeddaka and other mitzvos, not for “keeping up with the Cohens”,etc.) will their possessions give them tranquility.

Hatzlacha!

Rabbi Chaim Flom

If anyone has any questions about the “Short Vort” for Rabbi Flom, or would like to receive his weekly dvar Torah, contact him at hflom@zahav.net.il