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Rabbi Yissocher Frand

Rabbi Yissocher Frand is a senior lecturer at Yeshivas Ner Yisroel in Baltimore, MD. Raised in Seattle, Washington, he attended Ner Yisrael as a student and progressed to become a maggid shiur (lecturer). He is well known within the Orthodox Jewish community as a skilled orator and has given thousands of invited lectures over the past decades. Click here to purchase one of Rabbi Frand's books or CDs.


The National Heirloom

Every little Jewish child learns this verse: Torah tzivah lanu Moshe morashah kehillas Yaakov. The...

Consider the Changes

Remember the days of old, consider the years of each generation. (32:7) History is an integral...

Do Not Despair

Immediately after enumerating the long litany of 98 curses they would face if they disobeyed...

Expanded Borders

"And you will be only on top and not on the bottom" (28:13). You can't be on too and...

Mother Birds

Only two of the mitzvot in the Torah come with a promise of long life, kibud av va’eim,...

Every Life is Precious

A murder victim is found in a field out in the open country between two cities. There are no...

Seeing Is Believing

Quirks in the grammar of the Torah's verses hold many lessons for us. Hashem tells the Jewish...

Manna From Heaven

Life is a test. We struggle to make a living, to raise our children, to build up our communities....

The Easy Commandment

Why should we honor our fathers and mothers? The Torah gives us one reason in Parashas Shemos...

Children Are a Gift

The Jewish People, Rahsi informs us, were not very happy with the blessing Moshe gave them....

Money and the Kids

The Jewish People reached the plains of Moav, the jumping-off point for the invasion of Canaan,...

The Covenant of Peace

Pinchas stepped into the breach when no one else knew what to do. A prince of one of the tribes...

Threatening Moves

Moav and Ammon were protected nations. Because of the two great women who would descend from them,...

News of Aharon’s Death

And the Canaanite king heard . . . and he waged war with Israel. (21:1) When the Canaanite King...

Do It for the Children

Korach was considered one of the greatest people of his generation, but when he chose to quarrel...

Subjective Proof

God was very kind to the spies. He arranged that a number of Canaanites should die just as the...

That’s a Religious Jew

Stealing from anyone is forbidden, but stealing from a ger, a righteous convert, is an especially...

Under Pressure

According to the Midrash, Moshe was concerned about the flag system Hashem had told him to...

The Blessing of Desolation

And I will lay waste the land, and your enemies who dwell in it will be wretched. (26:32) The...

The Perfect Antidote

When you sell to your friend or buy from your friend, do not cheat each other. (25:14) Smack in...

Inconsistent Defense

The Midrash tells us that Hashem showed Moshe each generation and its judges, each generation and...

Effective Rebuke

You shall surely rebuke your fellow man, and you shall not bear a sin over him. (19:17) All Jews...

The Stuff of Life

Martyrdom is demanded of a person only rarely. He must allow himself to be killed rather than...

The Measure of Distinction

The affliction of tzaraas is not caused by a microbe or by impurities in the water supply. The...

Changing the Eye

When a tzaraas lesion remains on a garment after all the instructions of the Kohein have been...

The Sins at the Beginning

During the dedication of the Mishkan, the Jewish people were required to bring many korbanos,...

Clean-up Work

`Every morning, the Kohein comes into the Beis Hamikdash, puts on the splendid priestly garb and...

Hearing the Voice

Moses heard God's voice. The rest of the Jewish people were not attuned that frequency.

Rejoice on the Final Day

According to the Midrash, the boards of the Mishkan were so heavy that the people could not hold...

Mirrors of Faith and Hope

When the time came to build the Mishkan the people came forward to contribute to its construction,...

Only the Landowners

No one shall covet your land when you go up to be seen before the God your Lord three times a year...

The Power of Tumim

It must have been very convenient for the Kohein Gadol to have the power of the Urim and Tumim at...

The Ark of the Oral Law

Rav Saadiah Gaon was living in Egypt when he was invited to become the head of the yeshivah in...

The Problem Is In The Ear

Six years is more than enough for a Jew to be an eved Ivri, an indentured servant to another Jew....

The Truth Seekers

Moshe and his wife Tzipporah, the daughter of Yisro, had two sons. The names of the children tell...

Financial Wisdom

While the Jewish people were busy gathering the treasures of Egypt, in fulfillment of Hashem's...

The Message of the Firstborn

The last and most spectacular of the plagues was the plague of the firstborn, during which Hashem...

The Measure of Goodness

Moses' first visit to Pharaoh did not turn out exactly as he had expected. As the messenger of God...

True Greatness

And the king of Egypt said to the midwives, one of whom was named Shifrah and the other Puah....

The Precious Final Moments

The messenger came from Goshen and reported to Yosef, "Behold, your father is sick"...

Short and Sharp Rebuke

And Yosef said to his brothers, "I am Yosef. Is my father still alive?" And the brothers...

Hanukkah All Over Again

Popular wisdom contends that "the more things change, the more they stay the same." The...

In the Spotlight

Reuven heard, and he rescued [Yosef] from them, and he said, "Let us not murder him."...

The Name of the Angel

And Yaakov asked, and said, "What is your name please?" and [the angel] replied,...

The Up-and-Down Ladder

And behold, there was a ladder, planted on the ground, its top reached into the heavens. (Gen....

Past and Present Love

"And Yitzchak loved Eisav, for the game he put in his mouth, but Rivkah loves Yaakov"...

Avraham's Very Hard Day

According to tradition (Avos 5:3), God put Avraham to the test ten times, and he passed them all...

Refinement Without Fear

The trouble began when Avraham introduced his wife Sarah to the people of Gerar as his sister. One...

Small Deeds, Great Rewards

When the kings of Mesopotamia overran Sodom and Amorrah, the Torah tells us (Bereishit 14:13) that...

The Fruits of Indulgence

What exactly did the people of the Generation of the Flood (Dor Hamabul) do to deserve such a...

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