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- Dr. Miriam Adahan, psychologist and author

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- T S

Thanks to you Rabbi Farhi, seeing as I never have time to keep up with the weekly Torah Portion, now I feel like you’ve been guiding us every week to hear the unique messages Hashem is communicating through the Parshat Shavuah.  These "Torat chaim" life principles make the Torah and our connection to Hashem come alive.  I so appreciate this learning and look forward to continuing after the holidays.

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-M. S. Spitzer

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Thank you Rabbi Farhi, for the very real, relatable, heartfelt, and inspiring divrei Torah. I learned a lot from the shofar shiur you gave last week. Toda raba! 
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Dear Rabbi, I just want to say how much i have been inspired by your weekly torah email thinking of me. It strikes a note with me each time i read it.I look forward to receiving it each week . you should be matzliach with your new web site. Keep writing these amazing weekly parsha sheets.

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- Anonymous, Israel

אבא שלי, אמריקאי מבני ברק בן 88 עד מאה ועשרים אוהב מאד מאד את פרשת השבוע של הרב פרחי. הוא מבקש ממני בכל יום חמישי אחהצ שאדפיס לו את מה שכתב הרב על הפרשה. בשבועות שאין זה ממש ממש חסר לו. הוא אוהב את השקפת עולמו ואת הפסיכולוגיה שמאחורי המילים.
יישר כוח על האתר.

- Anonymous, Israel

Hi rabbi! I am a former student in yeshiva Lev Aharon and I want to thank you for your weekly Dvar Torah that you send out every week, I enjoy it very much! Every week I print it out and even make a few copies to spread it around my shul so not only I can read this amazing Dvar Torah, but so can other people!

- David, NY

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- Anonymous

Thank you I really enjoy how you integrate your coaching knowledge with the Parsha. I fwd it on to many.

- C S, Ramot

Rav Farhi Hi, i am writing to you beacause i love the Dvar Toires that you write every week. Would you be able to send me all the Dvar Toires of this year. Best regards

- E M, Mexico

Shalom my name is Mendy and I was wondering/hoping you'd be able to continue sending the weekly vort its has helped me tremendously in the past and I'd appreciate it greatly if this would be possible. thank you so much. Shabbat Shalom

- Mendy F

Your weekly “ThinkingaboutMe” are uniformly excellent, and are helping many people. Keep up the very good work. Yeyasher kochachem, v’chazak ubaruch.

-E F, Jerusalem

greetings rabbi farhi. a big yasher koach for your very interesting weekly - it is much appreciated by many, is amusing, educational and always brings out a very good point. wishing you continued hatzlacha to inspire klal yisroel!

- A T, Jerusalem

Hi rabbi! I am a former student in yeshiva Lev Aharon and I want to thank you for your weekly Dvar Torah that you send out every week, I enjoy it very much! Every week I print it out and even make a few copies to spread it around my shul so not only I can read this amazing Dvar Torah, but so can other people!

- David, NY

Lechavod Rabbi Farhi, I did receive your video and I also think it is very true!!!! It put pieces together and made a lot of sense!!! Thank you very much!!! And will defiantly pass on!!!

- B G, Jerusalem

Hi, Can you send me your parsha. It’s really good. You must put a lot of work into it. Can you also send me a copy of last week’s.

- Y, Neveh Yaakov

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