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Rabbi BenZion Shafier

The Meaning of Man

We are judged in Heaven by what we could become., 1/19/2012, 12:29 PM

Emunah vs. Bitachon

Often our problems with faith come from one issue: we have emunah, but not bitachon., 1/13/2012, 9:27 AM

The Greatness of Man

The Torah has a vastly different understanding of the role of man and his importance than we commonly assume. , 1/4/2012, 1:15 AM

Vayigash: Locking in the Moment

The highs and lows of our lives are emotional peak moments that can become part of ourselves., 12/30/2011, 1:16 AM

G-d Fights Our Wars

In our own times, we witness an eerie parallel to the Hanukkah events and to the same mistaken interpretation some people gave to them then. , 12/20/2011, 10:49 AM

I Never Promised You a Rose Garden

The amount of suffering that a person experiences on this planet is weighed, measured and administered in exact dosages., 12/15/2011, 11:53 AM

Hashem is Here

Bitachon, by definition, means knowing that HASHEM is here, supervising me and involved in my life. While this may seem self-evident, in practice it is highly elusive. To truly know it requires much work. , 12/9/2011, 10:13 AM

I Need Needs

Often times we feel, “I would be better able to serve HASHEM if only...if only making a living wasn’t so difficult. … if only I didn’t have medical issues… if only I could find my bashert, intended,... , 12/2/2011, 10:13 AM

I Have Yichus

There are two systems involved in weighing a person’s merits., 11/26/2011, 8:25 AM

A Tzaddik's Heart, A Mother's Love

Character traits and personal bias shape not only the way that we act towards others, but the very way that we view the world., 11/18/2011, 11:54 AM

The Shmuz on Vayeira: Chessed

Didn’t Avrohom Avinu have better things to do with his time than making meals for strangers?, 11/10/2011, 6:18 PM

The Shmuz on Lech Lecha

This week Arutz Sheva brings just the video., 11/4/2011, 3:57 PM

The Dimensions of Noah's Ark

All those animals could never have fit in the ark, could they? See the video for the answer, but don't miss the message in the Dvar Torah below., 10/27/2011, 11:28 AM

The Mitzvah to be Happy (with video)

When Chazal tell us that mitzvahs are worth far more than the greatest treasures in this world, it is because they understood what it will be like for each of us as we regale in our great wealth. , 10/11/2011, 2:22 PM

The Shmuz on Yom Kippur

The extent of Hashem's mercy is limitless., 10/7/2011, 1:03 AM

The Shmuz for Rosh Hashana

All of the issues of the coming year are reviewed, assessed, and arbitrated. The entire globe is one multi-dimensional chess game, and the Master maps out the moves., 9/27/2011, 12:56 PM

The Shmuz on Nitsavim

Your attitude determines your altitude., 9/22/2011, 10:19 AM

The Shmuz on Ki Tetsei (+video)

I would be the first to thank G-d, if…, 9/8/2011, 1:41 PM

The Religion of Evolution-Just Keep the Faith

Why can’t a judge make up his mind that the bribe money is money, but it will not affect his ruling in this case? , 9/1/2011, 10:32 PM

The Shmuz on Re'eh

Read about consumerism and the over-spent generation--ours., 8/26/2011, 2:30 AM

Earning a Living

, 8/19/2011, 4:35 PM

The Shmuz on V'Etchanan

Cognitive restructuring-how to do it., 8/11/2011, 4:36 PM

Three Video Messages for the 9th of Av

Rabbi Shafier, in his clear and inspiring way, explains the Three Week mourning period, "Why We Mourn for Moshiach" and "What Life Will Be Like When Moshiach Comes" in three short videos. , 8/8/2011, 9:47 AM

Dvarim: Man is Preprogrammed for Greatness

Man does not have instincts, but he has potential., 8/5/2011, 7:18 AM

A Land that Grows Murderers

Can it be that certain surroundings inherently are more prone to have more violent crimes?, 7/28/2011, 4:00 PM

The Shmuz on Mattot

If a woman made a neder and her husband annulled it, there is nothing binding upon her. What does she need forgiveness for? , 7/22/2011, 2:07 AM

The Shmuz on Pinchas

What is the Voice inside us telling us? Are we listening?, 7/14/2011, 9:12 AM

The Shmuz on Balak

Through the longterm eyes of history: Pinchas and his actions., 7/7/2011, 7:18 AM

The Shmuz on Chukat

The results of Moses' hitting of the rock., 6/30/2011, 7:09 AM

The Schmuz on Korach

What was so bad about Korach's questions to Moshe?, 6/23/2011, 10:51 PM

Schmuz for Shavuot/Behaalotcha

The Jewish People want to be close to Hashem as a magnet goes to metal., 6/6/2011, 7:35 PM

Who are Our Neighbors, Friends?

This is a powerful insight into the effect of the friends that we keep and their impact upon who we wish to become. , 5/27/2011, 1:20 AM

Behar: Everyone's Doing It

, 5/12/2011, 4:50 PM

Emor: Torah's Way to Perfection

The significance of the Torah command not to kill a mother and its offspring on one day., 5/5/2011, 12:50 PM

Rebuke-Malpractice of a Mitsva

We are responsible for rebuking our sinning friends, it says in this week's Torah reading. How do we do that without losing our friends?, 4/28/2011, 8:22 PM

Metzora: Stop Idle Chatter

There is no instinctive urge to speak despairingly about people., 4/8/2011, 2:53 PM

Parsha Shmuz: It's Not Fair!

Where is the justice? Where is the justice if the tzaddik is killed just like the rasha? , 3/31/2011, 7:07 PM

The Shmuz on Fast of Esther

A new series of popular parsha pieces. This week's is called Seize the Moment., 3/17/2011, 11:54 AM

The Shmuz on Korach

Questions have answers, but answers don't have answers., 7/19/2002, 12:49 AM