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THE ART OF BEING AN IVRI

By Yosef Farhi | Dec 1, 2021

click miketz 2021 for download THE ART OF BEING AN IVRI R Shimshon R. Hirsh writes that the first prophecy in the Torah was  יַ֤פְתְּ אֱלֹקים֙ לְיֶ֔פֶת וְיִשְׁכֹּ֖ן בְּאָֽהֳלֵי־שֵׁ֑ם Noach blessed his two sons, Shem and Yefet, with the following: May G-d expand Yafet, and may He dwell in the tents of Shem. The word…

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THE ART OF SEEING THE LIGHT

By Yosef Farhi | Nov 24, 2021

Click vayeshev 2021 for download THE ART OF SEEING THE LIGHT Ever noticed how all of the parashiot of Sefer Bereshit, from Lech Lecha, the time G-d promised Avraham that his descendants would be going down to Egypt, until it actually happened – all begin with the letter Vav? (Except three). וירא, ויצא, וישלח, וישב, ויגש,…

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THE ART OF BEING A FIGHTER

By Yosef Farhi | Nov 17, 2021

Click Vayishlach 2021 to download THE ART OF BEING A FIGHTER One of the strangest things that Yaakov ever did was to bow down to his brother Esav seven times. This was not just an ordinary meeting between two sibling rivals. This was symbolic of the meeting between the power of good, of light, of…

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THE ART OF BEING ANGELIC

By Yosef Farhi | Nov 10, 2021

click Vayetze 2021 for download THE ART OF BEING ANGELIC I just got back from walking the streets of Manhattan for an entire week, helping my father-in- law fundraise for his Yeshiva, Yeshivat Beer Yitzhak, in Telshestone.  When I got back to my apartment in Jerusalem, I asked myself, what is the difference between the…

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THE ART OF BEING AN ESHET CHAYIL

By Yosef Farhi | Oct 28, 2021

Click chaye sara 2021 to download THE ART OF BEING AN ESHET CHAYIL One of the greatest things I ever taught was the explanation of Eshet Hayil. There are many explanations of the Eshet Hayil. It was written by King Solomon, at the very end of Mishlei. It could be explained as the soul, (Malbim)…

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THE ART OF LIVING WITH G-D

By Yosef Farhi | Oct 13, 2021

Click lech lecha 2021 for download THE ART OF LIVING WITH G-D   I am so lucky to be a teacher of dikduk. Mastering the basics is the pathway to mastering the bookshelf and kavvana in prayer, on a whole new level. One of the questions that bothered me for years is, what is the…

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THE ART OF DOING YOURSELF A FAVOR

By Yosef Farhi | Sep 13, 2021

Click yom kippur 2021 for download THE ART OF DOING YOURSELF A FAVOR There was once a contractor, a man who build homes, until he was 65. From an early age, no one knew how to build homes like he did, so a very wealthy contractor hired him from the outset, and they had a…

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THE ART OF BLOWING SHOFAR

By Yosef Farhi | Sep 1, 2021

click rosh hashana 2021 to download THE ART OF BLOWING SHOFAR The reason we blow the Shofar is so that G-d will remember for us the cries of Sarah, when she heard the news that her son Yitzhak had been sacrificed, and let it be an atonement for us. The sound of the shofar’s blast,…

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THE ART OF SEEKING HELP

By Yosef Farhi | Aug 25, 2021

click ki tavo 2021 for download THE ART OF SEEKING HELP   A fundamental of Teshuva, is that you can’t do it on your own. Your Yetzer Hara is much, stronger than you. Period. אלמלי הקב”ה עוזרו אינו יכול לו. )Kiddushin 30b)The amount that you damaged through sin, you can never fix, alone. Period. If…

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THE ART OF FIGHTING THE YETZER HARA

By Yosef Farhi | Aug 18, 2021

Click ki tetze 2021 for download THE ART OF FIGHTING THE YETZER HARA The four parashiot of Elul have in them endless tools for change and Teshuva. Reeh – See that you have choice, more choices than you think. Shoftim- observe how much self-control you have and how honest and true to yourself you have…

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THE ART OF INTERGRITY

By Yosef Farhi | Aug 11, 2021

CLICK shoftim 2021 FOR DOWNLOAD THE ART OF INTERGRITY People lie much more than they think. “I’ll be there in 5 minutes”, even though you did not even leave the house yet, and you know it will take you at least 8.5 minutes to get there.  “I am careful with what I eat”, but that…

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THE ART OF CRYING

By Yosef Farhi | Jul 14, 2021

Click devarim 2021 to download THE ART OF CRYING Parashat Devarim Three tears dripped from Esav’s eyes, when he realized how his brother Yaakov had taken the blessings that his father Yitzchak wanted to give him. One tear dripped from his right eye, one from his left, and the third, Thank G-d, didn’t leave his…

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THE LONGEST RELATIONSHIP EVER

By Yosef Farhi | Jul 7, 2021

click mattot masei 2021 expanded for download THE LONGEST RELATIONSHIP EVER Parashat Mattot Masei  One of the many great things about being Sephardic and living in Israel is that in Israel we can eat Filet Mignon. The reason why Ashkenazim don’t eat it, and American butchers don’t carry it, is because the process of Nikur,…

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THE ART OF PRESERVING JEWISH IDENTITY

By Yosef Farhi | Jun 30, 2021

Click pinhas 2021 final to download THE ART OF PRESERVING JEWISH IDENTITY Parashat Pinhas The greatest cause of Jewish destruction is never explosion. It is implosion. Explosion is when something from outside destructs what is inside. Implosion is to self-destruct. You might even not realize it, but the foundations of what you stand on may be…

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THE ART OF BEING PROMOTED

By Yosef Farhi | Jun 23, 2021

Click balak 2021   to download THE ART OF BEING PROMOTED Parashat Balak Why did Bilaam receive prophecy? So that the gentiles wouldn’t be able to offer the excuse that if they had had prophets like Moshe, they would have been better than we were.  So, G-d gave the gentiles a prophet on the same…

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THE ART OF ASKING A RABBI

By Yosef Farhi | Jun 9, 2021

Click korah 2021 expanded for download THE ART OF ASKING A RABBI Parashat Korah One of the worst things that has ever happened to Ultra-Orthodox Jewry is that it is not cool anymore to have a Rabbi that you consult with. It has become cool for people to be brave, to make their own decisions.…

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THE ART OF WEARING TZITZIT

By Yosef Farhi | Jun 3, 2021

click shlach 2021 final for download THE ART OF WEARING TZITZIT Parashat Shelach The Maggid from Dubno would tell the following story. A man walking in the forest noticed a small house that seemed vacant, but there was a voice of an old man, crying, inside. He hurried over to the house to make sure…

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THE ART OF LIVING THE PERFECT LIFE

By Yosef Farhi | May 26, 2021

Click Bhaalotcha 2021 to download       THE ART OF LIVING THE PERFECT LIFE Parashat Behaalotcha The worst part of you is the perfect part of you. The perfect part of you causes you to procrastinate; it shields you from reaching your best, and it takes out the playfulness and enjoyment from anything and…

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THE ART OF LIVING TORAH

By Yosef Farhi | May 19, 2021

Click naso 2021 for download THE ART OF LIVING TORAH Parashat Naso After reaccepting the Torah anew on Shavuot, we are to relearn the Torah as if G-d is speaking to us in 2021, relating it to what we are presently going through and accept the 613, with 2021 vision. Just this week, I received…

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THE ART OF TWO-WAY RELATIONSHIPS

By Yosef Farhi | May 12, 2021

Click shavuoth 2021 for download THE ART OF TWO-WAY RELATIONSHIPS Shavuot   The time is perfect for Mashiach to come. Israel cannot put together a government, and after four rounds of voting, no one here in Israel has the energy to vote a fifth time. The government is a joke.  אין בן דוד בא עד…

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THE ART OF DEPENDENCE

By Yosef Farhi | May 5, 2021

click behar behukotay 2021  for download THE ART OF DEPENDENCE Behar Behukotay Sometimes we think that we go out of our way for other people. We give our money, our time, our energy, for other people. But in reality, the one who receives the most when giving is the giver. These last two weeks, I…

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THE ART OF BECOMING THE BEST VERSION OF YOURSELF

By Yosef Farhi | Apr 21, 2021

Click acharei mot kedoshim 2021 for download THE ART OF BECOMING THE BEST VERSION OF YOURSELF Parashat Aharei Mot/ Kedoshim   Parashat Acharei Mot, opens with the discussion of how Nadab and Avihu died while inappropriately entering the Mishkan, and how Aharon and all future Kohanim Gedolim are to serve on Yom Kippur in the…

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THE ART OF OVERCOMING THE BEAST WITHIN

By Yosef Farhi | Apr 14, 2021

click tazriah metzorah 2021 for download THE ART OF OVERCOMING THE BEAST WITHIN Parashat Tazriah / Metzorah It has been said, that when you pray, you are talking to G-d, and when you learn Torah, G-d is talking to you. I would like to add to that. When you are praying, you are contemplating how…

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THE ART OF FAITH

By Yosef Farhi | Mar 17, 2021

Click vayikra 2021 to download THE ART OF FAITH “Why do we drink four cups of wine on the Seder Night?” is a question to which most people have only one answer. The answer most people know is that the cups are correspondent to the four terms of redemption G-d promised Moshe. והוצאתי והצלתי וגאלתי…

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THE ART OF FIGHTING YOUR YETZER HARA

By Yosef Farhi | Mar 10, 2021

Click vayakhel pekudei 2021 to download THE ART OF FIGHTING YOUR YETZER HARA Parashat Vayakhel Pekudei/ Passover Each year before Passover, there are so many things about Chametz I have a hard time understanding. Our Rabbis teach that the Chametz is what prevents us from serving G-d. (Berachot 17a) The Zohar writes in numerous places…

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THE ART OF PATIENCE

By Yosef Farhi | Mar 4, 2021

Click ki tisa 2021 to download THE ART OF PATIENCE The episode of the Golden Calf is one of the hardest episodes to understand, when reading the text as is, without the help from the Oral Torah and commentaries. Only after learning the story in depth, can we understand Aharon’s behavior; we can understand that…

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THE ART OF RECONNECTING

By Yosef Farhi | Feb 24, 2021

Click tezaveh 2021 to download THE ART OF RECONNECTING Tezaveh / Purim One of the hardest parts to understand in the Megillah story is the three day fast implemented by Mordechai and Esther. The days of the fast were the fourteenth, fifteenth and sixteenth days of Nissan, which would coincide with eating Matzah on the night…

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THE ART OF FUTURISTIC THINKING

By Yosef Farhi | Feb 17, 2021

Click terumah 2021 for download THE ART OF FUTURISTIC THINKING Parashat Terumah/Zachor One of the most important skills to survive Covidland is the ability to see past the insanity, the uncertain and the unknown. As Benny Friedman’s new beautiful song plays in the background as I write, Who can ever make sense of tomorrow, when…

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THE ART OF MEANING

By Yosef Farhi | Feb 11, 2021

click mishpatim 2021 for download THE ART OF MEANING Parashat Mishpatim Feb. 10, in 2020, I boarded a United flight, Ben Gurion- Newark, and the two Israelis sitting next to me came on the plane with KN95 masks and gloves. The first thing they did was wipe down the handles, tray and screen of their…

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THE ART OF CHARACTER IMPROVEMENT

By Yosef Farhi | Feb 3, 2021

Click YITRO 2021 for download THE ART OF CHARACTER IMPROVEMENT   It’s amazing the advancements in bio-technology in a recent Korean invention: brain implants, a nano chip, the size of a grain of salt, can be inserted in our brain to change our mood via a smartphone. Imagine being able to change our own mood,…

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THE ART OF VULNERABILITY

By Yosef Farhi | Jan 27, 2021

click BESHALACH 2021 for download THE ART OF VULNERABILITY Parashat Beshalach   The only way to become an amazing writer is through writing. The only way to become an amazing speaker is by speaking. The only way to become a great cook is by cooking. The only way to become amazing at sports is by…

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THE ART OF HOLDING BACK THE BARK

By Yosef Farhi | Jan 20, 2021

click Bo 2021 for download THE ART OF HOLDING BACK THE BARK Parashat Bo The best investment in a volatile place like Covidland is saying Perek Shira each day. Perek Shira, a compilation of praise from the elements of creation, is one of the most amazing segulot, with the greatest perks. A promise of longevity,…

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THE ART OF LEARNING LESSONS

By Yosef Farhi | Jan 13, 2021

Click vaera 2021 for download THE ART OF LEARNING LESSONS Parashat Vaera The most important of all the lessons of history, is that men do not learn very much from the lessons of history. Covid, as well, has a lesson for everyone. According to YouGov, a research and data analytics firm, only 8 percent of…

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THE ART OF BEING A PLAYER

By Yosef Farhi | Jan 6, 2021

Click shemot 2021 for download THE ART OF BEING A PLAYER The greatest danger ahead of us in 2021 is not a split U.S.A. It is unprecedented Global Fear, Frustration, and Failure. The F3 emotional pandemic is worse than the pandemic itself. People are afraid that normal life will never come back; they are frustrated…

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THE ART OF FOCUSING

By Yosef Farhi | Dec 30, 2020

click vayechi 2020 for download THE ART OF FOCUSING Parashat Vayechi As we see the light in the end of the Covidland tunnel, looking back at the dark parts of 2020, people lost a lot. Loved ones, income, clients, career, motivation, spirituality of loved ones… an endless list. Entering 2021, we have a choice. We…

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