Category Archives: Archives 5763

Sivan 5763

15 Sivan 5763

Pirkei Avos 1:9

“Ima, could you write a note excusing me from the test because I was sick yesterday.”

“You weren’t sick. I can’t lie.”

“But yesterday you told the man that I was sixteen and I’m only fifteen.”

“Shimon ben Shetach says ‘Investigate witnesses thoroughly, be cautious with your words because maybe through them (your words) they (thewitnesses) will learn to lie.'”

Rav Shlomo Krieger explains “because maybe…” to mean that the judge should exhibit exemplary honesty, because otherwise the witnesses will learn to lie.

Hatzlacha !!

Rabbi Chaim Flom

Iyar 5763

Pirkei Avos 1:8

“Do not act as a lawyer.” (Telling people how to “rig” their claim in court to win.)

“If I say I’m 31 I’ll have to pay a higher premium, but if I say I’m 29 I’ll have to pay two more years.”

“Why don’t you just say the truth??”

“I didn’t think about that option.”


Rabbi Chaim Flom

Nissan 5763

Pirkei Avos 1:7

“And do not despair from (G-d’s) retribution.”

At the end of Parshas Vayeishev, Rashi tells us that Yosef was punished (by Hashem) with an extra two years in Paroah’s prison because he relied on the butler’s putting a good word with Pharoah for his release. The commentaries wonder why that is a problem: he was merely doing his hishtatlus (human efforts)? The Chazon Ish says that Yosef knew that the butler was evil and had no interest in helping him. Therefore Yosef’s doing that was an act of desperation!! For that he was punished: A Jew should never despair-Hashem is always in control.


Rabbi Chaim Flom

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Adar II 5763

By Rabbi Flom

Pirkei Avos 1:6

“Provide for yourself a teacher.”

“I really think that it is a waste of time speaking with her about it; I know much more about the subject than she does.”

The Rambam (on “Provide for yourself a teacher”) says “For one cannot compare the effect of individual study to that of with another person. This even applies if the other person is on one’s level of learning OR EVEN ON A LOWER LEVEL.”

You can learn something from everyone.