Category Archives: Short Vort


Tishrei 5766

12 Tishrei 5766

Pirkei Avos 2:7

“He (Hillel) also saw a skull floating on the water; he said to it: ‘Because you drowned others, they drowned you; and those that drowned you will be drowned eventually.’ “ (Avos 2:7)

“Mrs. Wachsman, don’t you see that G-d didn’t hear your prayers?” an Israeli reporter asked Mrs. Esther Wachsman, after her son and another soldier were killed by Arab terrorists, during an attempt to rescue her kidnapped son. (Mrs. Wachsman had people all over the world pray and light Shabbos candles in an effort to save her son.) “Who knows how many more soldiers would have died without those prayers” replied Mrs. Wachsman. “G-d heard the prayers and said ‘No’ ” replied Mr. Wachsman.

Hillel’s “eventually” tells us that G-d’s justice is perfect, but we may not see it right now. But we must realize that no sin, or good deed or prayer that we do or say is ever ignored. (The “No” of Mr. Wachsman means that it wasn’t answered now the way I wanted.)


Rabbi Chaim Flom

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Cheshvan 5765

Pirkei Avos 2:2

“Let all those involved in communal work do so for the sake of Heaven.”(Avos 2:2)

“Leadership requires strength and power and only the strongest will make it to the top.” Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton at a book signing for her autobiography for which she was advanced $8,000,000.(I thank Rabbi A.Z. Ginzberg for this information.)

“The doctor said if this surgery is successful, I will live another ten years. That means another ten years of service to Klal Yisroel.” Rabbi Moshe Sherer zt”l to his family before a risky heart procedure. (I was at the funeral when his son said it.)

“The leader of Orthodox Jewry lived in THIS house?? This is the simplest house I’ve ever seen in my life.” A non-religious reporter after the funeral of Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach zt”l, attended by 400,000 people. (On the news in Israel.)


Adar I 5765

Pirkei Avos 2:4

“Make His will like your own.”

“I would have loved to hear Rav Cohen’s class, but that meant shlepping by bus to a different neighborhood, and I hate traveling.”

“You’re in Bnai Brak and you won’t be in Yerushalayim until tomorrow? No problem: I’ll come to you today to pick up the package from my parents.”

Hatzlacha !!


Tammuz 5764


15 Tammuz 5764

Pirkei Avos 1:17

“Not study, but practice is the main thing.”

“Wasn’t it amazing how the rebbe showed the obligation of chessed from Avraham Avinu ! “
“If the shiur was so ‘amazing’, why don’t you do chessed?”
“At least I get a mitzva for learning about chessed.”
“I’m not sure. The Gemara in Yevamos (109b) says “Whoever says ‘I have Torah, but not its actions’, doesn’t have Torah either.” “


Rabbi Chaim Flom

Iyar 5764

15 Iyar 5764
Pirkei Avos 1:15: “And receive everyone with a cheerful face.”
“If I had a car or big bucks I’d be able to do a lot of chessed.”
The Gemara (Kesuvos 111b) says “One who smiles (literally ‘shows his teeth’) at his friends is better than one who gives them milk to drink.”
Rabbi Chaim Flom