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Where there is no leader, strive to be a leader
Parashat Sheleach, Numbers 13:1-15:41 In the first aliyah of this week’s parshah Shelach Lecha, God speaks to Moses telling him to “send men … everyone a leader among them” to spy upon the land. Th...
Jun 14, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Seeking the right kind of leader
Parashat Beha'alotcha, Numbers 8:1-12:16 The Jewish people seemed poised for entry into the Promised Land when suddenly, “the nation became a group of kvetchers, complaining evilly in the ears of t...
Jun 07, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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Only God blesses and we are all holy
Parashat Naso, Numbers 4:21-7:89 “That man has no right to bless me! He’s a no-good good-for-nothing!” Ah, the good old days. The days of duchening. The days when the Kohanim (those of priestly lin...
Jun 01, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
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The degalim: an orchestra in harmony
Parashat Bamidbar, Numbers 1:1-4:20 In the parsha, we read of the instructions to Israel on how to camp and travel. They were arranged around the central point, the mishkan, the tabernacle. Each tr...
May 24, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
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Even the land of Israel must keep the Sabbath
Parashat Behar-Behukotai, Leviticus, 25:1-27:34 “I am the Lord your God who brought you forth from the land of Egypt to give you the land of Canaan to be your God” (Leviticus 25:38). Citing the ver...
May 17, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend
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When you’re here, you’re family
Parashat Emor Leviticus 21:1-24:23 Since Judaism teaches that all Jews are responsible for each other, the hemorrhaging of the number of diaspora Jews actively involved in Jewish life — or even ide...
May 11, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 58 58 recommendations | email to a friend
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Let us not forget the stragglers
by Rabbi Moishe Mayir Vogel
Mar 08, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 71 71 recommendations | email to a friend
“Remember what Amalek did to you on your journey, after you left Egypt. How, undeterred by fear of G-d, he surprised you on the march, when you were famished and weary, and cut down all the straggl...
A house of inspiration
by Rabbi Eli Seidman
Mar 02, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 76 76 recommendations | email to a friend
Parshat Terumah, Exodus 25:1-27:19 On a recent trip to Israel, my brother and I went to visit the Temple Institute in the Old City of Jerusalem. They have a well-organized exhibit of the Mishkan, t...
The importance of studying Torah
by Rabbi Yisroel Altein
Feb 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 85 85 recommendations | email to a friend
Parshat Mishpatim, Exodus 21:1-24:18, Parshat Shekalim Exodus 30:11-16 One of the hallmarks of Judaism is the universal obligation of education. The obligation of studying and exploring Torah in de...
Interconnectedness is a Jewish value
by Rabbi Seth Adelson
Feb 15, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 98 98 recommendations | email to a friend
Parshat Yitro, Exodus 18:1-20:23 The American psyche holds independence in great esteem. Our nation was conceived not by people who saw themselves united in culture or history or through shared anc...
First steps on the path to the Promised Land
by Rabbi Ana Bonnheim
Feb 09, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 108 108 recommendations | email to a friend
Parshat Beshalach, Exodus 13:17 - 17:16 Redemption! Parshat Beshalach is a Torah portion of glory — glory in the Song at the Sea, the poetic celebration of liberation from Egyptian bondage, and glo...
Genealogy only goes so far
by Rabbi Shlomo Riskin
Feb 01, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 115 115 recommendations | email to a friend
Parshat Bo, Exodus 10:1-13:16 Why is the killing of the firstborn the final, and most significant, plague? True, it brought death into every household, rattling Egypt at its foundations, but certai...
A condemnation of one’s own making
by Rabbi Elchonon Friedman
Jan 25, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 132 132 recommendations | email to a friend
Parshat Vaera, Exodus 6:2-9:35 During this past summer I had the opportunity to spend a Shabbat with the Yeshiva High School boys at Camp Twin Echo in the Laurel Highlands. After Shabbat I stopped ...
Moshe’s curious mind
by Rabbi Amy Bardack
Jan 19, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 122 122 recommendations | email to a friend
Parshat Shemot, Exodus 1:1-6:1 A new Pharaoh has risen.  The people Israel are enslaved and oppressed, and their very lives are in danger.  Into this frightening reality, a baby is born who then be...
Our top priority: Service to G-d
by Rabbi Yisroel Rosenfeld and Rabbi Yisroel Rosenfeld
Jan 11, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 117 117 recommendations | email to a friend
The Torah portion this week relates a fascinating exchange between father and son. Jacob was lying on his deathbed when he turned to his second to the youngest son, Joseph, whom at the time was the...
Imperfect forgiveness
by Rabbi Jonathan Perlman
Jan 05, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 126 126 recommendations | email to a friend
Parshat Vayigash, Genesis 44:18-47:27 The story of Joseph and his brothers is a story of life and death. The brothers seek to destroy Joseph; a famine attacks the land; Joseph as Egyptian prime min...