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The key to Jewish survival
Parashat Pinchas, Numbers 25:10-30:1 When the Torah counts the Jewish people in this week’s Parsha (Pinchas), each family is counted individually. When the Torah says the name of each family, it pr...
Jul 12, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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When a curse is transformed into a prayer
Parashat Balak, Numbers 22:2-25:9 What would we find in the Torah were we to open it up and look through its pages? Many would suggest we’d find “prayers.” As it happens, there are actually very fe...
Jul 05, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
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The importance of acceptance
Parashat Chukat, Numbers 19:1-22:1 In the beginning of this week’s Torah portion, we break from the historical narrative of the Jewish people wandering in the desert. The Torah pauses to tell us a ...
Jun 28, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
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A new sheriff in town? Not so fast
Parshat Korach, Numbers 16:1–18:32 Since the beginning of recorded time there have always been political challenges to the leadership and the establishment of every society and institution. Moses a...
Jun 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
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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 | 51 51 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 | 68 68 recommendations | email to a friend
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A condemnation of one’s own making
by Rabbi Elchonon Friedman
Jan 25, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 169 169 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 | 159 159 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 | 153 153 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 | 162 162 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...
A tale of two Yossis
by Rabbi Daniel Yolkut
Dec 29, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 176 176 recommendations | email to a friend
Parshat Miketz, Genesis 41;1-44;17 One of the most remarkable features of the laws of Chanukah is their focus on the home. The Talmud (Shabbat 21a) formulates the core obligation of Chanukah as bei...
Which is the greater Chanukah miracle?
by Rabbi Shlomo Riskin
Dec 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 185 185 recommendations | email to a friend
Parshat Vayeshev, Genesis 37:1-40:23 As we prepare for the festival of Chanukah — which commences at the conclusion of the upcoming Sabbath — it behooves us to revisit the significance of the light...
The name of a nation — Israel: preparedness and perseverance leads to triumph
by Rabbi Shimon Silver
Dec 14, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 188 188 recommendations | email to a friend
Parshat Vayishlach, Genesis 32:4-36:43 The Torah teaches us that Yaakov prepared on three fronts, in the face of the looming confrontation with Eisav. He prepared a gift, to hopefully soften Eisav....
Dedicated Ugandan rabbi gives us hope, inspiration
by Rabbi Amy Greenbaum
Dec 08, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 195 195 recommendations | email to a friend
Parshat Vayetzei, Genesis 25:19-28:9 Can you imagine, if, in order to make a meal, you had to walk four miles round trip to get the water, another couple of miles to collect the firewood, harvest y...
Do the math
by Rabbi Daniel Wasserman
Nov 30, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 205 205 recommendations | email to a friend
Parshat Toldot, Genesis 25:19-28:9 In my many opportunities to study the Torah with people, either in a group class or individually, I often remind people that as we read and study the verses we mu...
Because we love, we grieve
by Rabbi Sharyn Henry
Nov 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 215 215 recommendations | email to a friend
Parshat Chayei Sarah, Genesis 23:1-25:18 Our matriarch Sarah dies in the beginning of the Torah portion Chayei Sarah, and Abraham dies at the end. In between, we read about the events leading to th...