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Rabbi Avrohom Leventhal

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It's the Thought That Counts - Kindness By Design – Parshat Vayikra

G-d doesn’t look at what is being offered but rather who is offering.

It's the Thought That Counts - Kindness By Design

Fueled by Fire - Kindness by Design – Parshat Shekalim

G-d shows Moshe that unity occurs through deeds performed for others.

Fueled by Fire  – Parshat Shekalim

Kindness By Design – Parshat Tetzaveh

G-d created each person with unique characteristics and abilities. He wanted to constantly emphasize that diversity is good and even Holy.

Kindness By Design – Parshat Tetzaveh

And How Would You Feel? Kindness By Design – Parshat Mishpatim

Parshat Mishpatim is all about us and our relationships with each other.

Kindness By Design – Parshat Mishpatim

To Lead in Need

A true leader understands that in a time of crisis, the members of their flock are looking for guidance, reassurance and comfort.

To Lead in Need

The Parsha in Chesed - Parshat Bo - Und Vos Zogt Gott?

Moshe and Aharon recognized that as messengers of HaShem, they were His representatives to Pharoh, to the nation and to the world.

The Parsha in Chesed - Parshat Bo - Und Vos Zogt Gott?

The Parsha in Chesed –-Va’era - The Hippo in the Room

By conditioning ourselves to recognize and acknowledge all of the gifts in our lives, we can and become better

The Parsha in Chesed - Va’era - The Hippo in the Room

The Parsha in Chesed – Mikeitz - The King and We

A true leader reflects on and is a reflection of their people. A monarch considers their subjects at all times.

The Parsha in Chesed – Mikeitz - The King and We

Parshat Vayishlach - Counting the little things

Yaakov's efforts to retrieve the “pachim ketanim” enabled his descendants to merit the miracle of the “pach shemen”, the basis of Hannukah.

Parshat Vayishlach - Counting the little things

The Parsha in Chesed - Toldot - Nurturing Natures

Our priorities, our behavior, and the atmosphere in our homes all play a part in who our children will become.

The Parsha in Chesed - Toldot - Nurturing Natures

The Parsha in Chesed – If He Only Knew….

Efron's double speak (and double charge) is recorded forever.

The Parsha in Chesed – If He Only Knew….

The Parsha in Chesed - Parshat Vayera - They are Watching You

The chinuch of chesed, so ingrained within the family of Avraham, had the power to shape even those considered “less than perfect”.

The Parsha in Chesed - Parshat Vayera - They are Watching You

The Parsha in Chesed - Noach - The Straw That Broke

The decision to destroy His creation was not easy for G-d. The level of sin had reached a level that He could no longer “tolerate”.

The Parsha in Chesed - Noach - The Straw That Broke

The Parsha in Chesed – Nitzavim - Standing 2gether

We all stand together, as one, as G-d, our Father our King, decides what will be in store for the coming year.

The Parsha in Chesed – Nitzavim - Standing 2gether

The Parsha in Chesed - Ki Taytze - 'I Hate to Tell You This'

Some form of the word 'hate' appears quite frequently in Parshat Ki Taytze. Why and what should we learn from it?

'I Hate to Tell You This'

Ain't it good to know you've got a friend

The Parsha in Chesed – Shoftim. "Never underestimate what your smile, greeting and sincere concern can do for another person".

Ain't it good to know you've got a friend

The Tell Tale Heart

The Parsha in Chesed – Parshat Re’eh

The Tell Tale Heart

Charity - the root of all

Tzedaka, charity, is one of the foundations of the Jewish people.

Charity - the root of all

Parshat Mattot-Masai: The legend of Billy the Neder

The laws of vows are there for us to contemplate the awesome power contained in our speech.

Parshat Mattot-Masai: The legend of Billy the Neder

Parshat Pinchas – My Meirke

There is a personal story told by the famed Jerusalem Maggid, Rav Shalom Schwadron, Z”L.

Parshat Pinchas – My Meirke

Bilaam's handle on the Jewish Door

The Parsha in Chesed – Balak: The most famous blessing of Bilaam is: 'How Goodly are Your Tents, Yaakov, Your Dwelling Places Yisrael'

Bilaam's handle on the Jewish Door

Chukat: (Not Such) Little White Lies

The truth is, however, that we all have the ability, on some level, to replicate the trait of Aharon.

Chukat: (Not Such) Little White Lies

Restrain to Sustain: How to Win Every Argument

The Parsha in Chesed – Korach

Restrain to Sustain: How to Win Every Argument

Parshat Shelach: Get Back to Where You Once Belonged

The pandemic and closing of borders has kindled the longing for our Land

Parshat Shelach: Get Back to Where You Once Belonged

The Parsha in Chesed - Naso - One Nation, Under G-d

No matter what or with whom the relationship is, we should strive to make it the best, and holiest, it can be.

One Nation, Under G-d

The Parsha in Chesed - Bamidbar - The Personal Touch

We all appreciate personal attention from others in our lives. We all need to be recognized and acknowledged.

The Parsha in Chesed - Bamidbar - The Personal Touch

The Parsha in Chesed – Behar - Put Them in Their Place

The time has come to put the needy in their proper place.

The Parsha in Chesed – Behar -  Put Them in Their Place

The Chance for a Second Chance

We don’t need to wait for a Pesach Sheni or Lag B’omer to appreciate second chances

The Chance for a Second Chance

Grab the Torah by its foot

As parents, we know that there is no greater pleasure than seeing our children getting along with one another.

Grab the Torah by its foot

Simple hakarat hatov

The ability to live in a country where we can be Jews freely requires from us as Jews, at the very least, simple gratitude.

Simple hakarat hatov

The Stork reality

The Parsha in Chesed - Shmini.

The Stork reality

How Kind is Your Kindness?

Why did G-d command the Israelites to ask the Egyptians for gifts if they would receive the spoils at the Red Sea?

How Kind is Your Kindness?

The Parsha in Chesed – Pesach

Around the Table and Under Your Nose

The Parsha in Chesed – Pesach

The Parsha in Chesed: Vayikra - The Pulse on the Finger

The finger has a very important place in Judaism in general, and in this parsha, in particular.

Parshat Vayikra: The Pulse on the Finger

Don’t judge a sink by its cover

The Parsha in Chesed – Parshat Vayakhel.

Don’t judge a sink by its cover

The Parsha in Chesed – Parshat Ki Tissa

A baseball player teaches us what it means to be a leader.

The Parsha in Chesed – Parshat Ki Tissa

Purim: A gift of unity

This week in 'The Parsha in Chesed' series: the festival of Purim.

Purim: A gift of unity

The Parsha in Chesed – Parshat Teruma

This week we learn about the greatest fundraising campaign in the history of the world.

The Parsha in Chesed – Parshat Teruma

The Parsha in Chesed - Mishpatim

Parshat Yitro teaches us the Word of God from Mount Sinai. Parshat Mishpatim are mainly Mitzvot between people.

The Parsha in Chesed - Mishpatim

A Parsha of Chesed – Parshat Yitro

Yitro transverses the desert to meet the Jewish people after hearing of the great miracles. What was he feeling at that moment?

A Parsha of Chesed – Parshat Yitro