Rabbi Ephraim Sprecher, Dean of Students and Senior Lecturer at Diaspora Yeshiva, is not only a popular speaker and teacher, but also a dynamic thinker and writer. A student of Harav Yaakov Kamenetsky and Harav Gedalia Schorr, Rabbi Sprecher was granted smicha (rabbinical ordination) by Torah Vodaath Yeshiva. Prior to his current position, Rabbi Sprecher was a professor of Judaic studies at Touro College in New York. In addition to his duties at Diaspora Yeshiva, Rabbi Sprecher writes a regular column on various Judaic topics in the Jewish Press, and lectures regularly at the OU Israel Center in Jerusalem.
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 The Shofar- Bookends of Jewish History  .: Viewed: 265 times :.
The Shofar is a very basic, natural instrument which, according to Halacha, may not be adorned with gold and silver. Its purity and simplicity, both in terms of its form and the notes it sounds, cut through the noise and BALAGAN of today’s world, calling the Jewish People back to the Torah. The Shofar connects us to the key moments of Jewish History that define our destiny as a Holy...
Published: September 12, 2016
 Shofar –The Soul’s Alarm Clock  .: Viewed: 265 times :.
Rosh Hashana is a time to step back and regain our lost vision. And the call of the Shofar is how we do it. The Rambam states that the message of the Shofar is to “Awaken those who are asleep”. The Rambam’s analogy to sleepashanaHhhhhhhhhRHHH is profound. The dreams we experience in our sleep seem so real at the time, yet the moment we wake up, we realize they were merely...
Published: September 8, 2016
 Seeing G-D In Nature  .: Viewed: 292 times :.
  The Yeshiva students are now on vacation touring the Holy Land. Is this considered BITUL TORAH-neglecting Torah study? In Parashat Lech Lecha, G-D tells Avraham, "Get up and tour the Land". The Torah is not ancient history, it is G-D's GPS (G-D's Personal System). G-D was not just speaking to Avraham, but to every Jew. G-D is commanding us to explore his Precious Holy Land. At the...
Published: August 26, 2016
 Written In Stone!  .: Viewed: 287 times :.
Parshat Eikev states, “At that time G-d said to me, carve out two tablets of stone like the first…. And I (G-d) will write on the tablets the words that were on the first tablets…  And I put the tablets in the Ark which I made.” (D’varim 10) Rav S.R. Hirsch notes that whenever the Torah discusses the LUCHOT – TABLETS, it mentions the material,...
Published: August 20, 2016
 Tisha'a B'Av-Did G-D Divorce Us  .: Viewed: 369 times :.
After the Ten Tribes had been exiled by Sancherev, Yishayahu speaks to the remaining tribes of Yehuda, Binyamin and Levi who remained in Eretz Yisrael. "Where is your mother's Bill of Divorce? I sent her away? INDEED! Because of your rebelliousness you were sent away!" (Yishayahu 50). The Prophet says that G-D will never divorce us. However, the Radak brings the words of Yirmiyahu who...
Published: August 10, 2016
 Finding The Lost Keys of The Mikdash  .: Viewed: 328 times :.
4 days a year we fast and mourn, commemorating different historical events of the destruction of the Beit Hamikdash. The 17th day of Tammuz is one of the 4 days, and it began a 3 week period of limited mourning that climaxes with Tisha B'Av, the day of the destruction of both Temples. Consistent with Judaism's optimism, the Biblical references about these 4 days, including Tisha B'Av, are NOT...
Published: August 2, 2016
 Why the OU Israel Center was Closed  .: Viewed: 393 times :.
Last Thursday afternoon, the OU Israel Center was forced to shut down. As a result, my Torah Class as well as others were canceled. The reason for the forced closure was the Gay Pride Parade in Jerusalem. There is a verse in Devarim 28, “G-d will strike you with madness.”  This verse in the Torah is being fully and completely observed by our Politically Correct Leaders. The...
Published: July 24, 2016
 Why Mourn For A Temple We Never Saw?  .: Viewed: 346 times :.
We all encounter grief and mourning in our lives. When a relative or friend passes away, G-D forbid, we mourn him. Even when we experience other kinds of loss, we feel pain and sorrow. However, with regard to the destruction of the Temple, many find it hard to understand what we are mourning. What are we lacking when the Temple is not standing? Or in other words, when the Temple is rebuilt,...
Published: July 24, 2016
 May We Invite A Shabbat Traveler To A Shabbat Meal?  .: Viewed: 380 times :.
May one invite a guest for Shabbat dinner knowing that he will violate Shabbat either coming or going to our house? The Torah states, "You shall not place a stumbling block before the blind" (Vayikra 19). The Talmud interprets this verse that we may not cause another Jew to sin through our actions. Thus, Rabbi Shmuel Wosner (Shevet HaLevi 8) and Rav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv both rule that...
Published: July 14, 2016
 Bilam: Have Curse, Will Travel!  .: Viewed: 314 times :.
Balak, King of Moav, called on Bilam to curse the Nation of Israel. Bilam responded that he must wait for G-d’s instructions. After Bilam was told by G-d not to curse Israel, “For it is blessed”, Bilam says (Bamidbar 23:8) “How can I curse whom G-d has not cursed”, and thereby got Balak very angry. It seems that Bilam realized that cursing has no real physical...
Published: July 7, 2016
 G-D's Recycling Business  .: Viewed: 329 times :.
The Zohar states that Eliyahu Hanavi was the Reincarnated soul of Pinchas, the grandson of Aharon the Kohen Gadol. Pinchas was the hero whose active zealotry saved the Jewish People from destruction by a deadly plague (Bamidbar 25). Is Reincarnation mentioned in TANACH?   The Ramban brings a proof text for Reincarnation from the book of Iyov. "Wow, all these wonders G-D does, 2 or 3...
Published: June 24, 2016
 Moshe's Improper Rebuke of Korach  .: Viewed: 336 times :.
Moshe says to Korach, "It is too much for you (RAV), you sons of Levi" (Bamidbar 16:7). The Talmud in Sota 13 states, "With the word RAV (too much), Moshe rebuked Korach and the other Levites. Therefore, with the word RAV (too much), G-D rebuked Moshe that he would not enter Eretz Yisrael." Rashi explains that Moshe was held accountable for the improper way he spoke to Korach and the other...
Published: June 16, 2016
 Did The Spies' Mission Benefit Moshe?  .: Viewed: 384 times :.
"G-D spoke to Moshe, 'Send men for yourself (LECHA), to spy out the land.'" (Bamidbar 13:2).At the beginning of Parashat Lech Lecha (Bereshit 12), Rashi comments that the word LECHA (for yourself) means "for your personal benefit". When G-D told Avraham to go to the Holy Land, it was for Avraham Avinu's benefit, because his life would improve in Pisgat Ze'ev.   Rabbenu Bechaei says...
Published: June 9, 2016
 The Torah's Definition of Humility  .: Viewed: 352 times :.
What is the definition of humility? The English Dictionary defines humility as, having a low self esteem of one's own importance. But Rav Yaakov Kaminetzky says to understand the Torah's definition of humility, we have to look at Moshe Rabbenu, who is described in Bamidbar 12, as exceedingly humble, more than any other person. But in Parashat Korach, Moshe's leadership is challenged by his...
Published: June 3, 2016
 Shavuot: Mitzva Lite & Minhag Heavy  .: Viewed: 353 times :.
Where is the section called, "Hilchot Shavuot" in the Shulchan Aruch? In fact, Hilchot Shavuot does not appear, because Shavuot does not have its own section in the Shulchan Aruch. Instead, the last chapter of Hilchot Pesach is called, "Seder Tefillat Chag HaShavuot", and it contains just 3 short sentences. The Shuchan Aruch simply lists the order of davening for Shavuot, and which Torah...
Published: May 27, 2016
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