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Passover, Elijah, and Shabbat HaGadol

Shabbat HaGadol This week is Shabbat HaGadol, the Great Shabbat that occurs at the beginning of the week in which Passover will be observed (Passover begins next Friday evening). There are five special shabbatot leading up to Passover. Each special … Continue reading

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Purim: A Sudden Reversal

Shabbat Zachor The Shabbat that precedes Purim is called Shabbat Zachor – the Shabbat of Remembrance. For on this Shabbat, there is an added maftir (a different concluding reading) and a different Haftarah reading because we are to recall the Torah command to blot … Continue reading

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“Get Out!”

Parashat Lekh Lekha “GET OUT!” – G-d makes it very clear to Avram that only through self-imposed exile can he attain his ultimate spiritual potential. Parashat Lekh Lekha, unlike our first two portions in Genesis, emphasizes this convergence between G-d … Continue reading

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Creation and the Hidden Light

Parashat Breishit The Torah relates the story of the six days of creation in order to refute other theories that claim that the universe came into being through some cosmic accident or coincidence. As such, the story of creation speaks … Continue reading

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Are You Listening?

  Parashat Ha’azinu The Hebrew word Ha’azinu means “listen.” It is a command to pay attention to the words of the song Moshe recounts to the Jewish people before his passing. The verbs to “listen,” “hear,” and “pay attention to” … Continue reading

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Lost Property and Relationships

Parashat Ki Tetze What can lost property teach us about relationships? Parashat Ki Tetze contains seventy-two different mitzvot, the largest number in any Torah portion. From the outset, it seems to be just a condensed list of random instructions. However, the format … Continue reading

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Food of Complacency

Parashat Eikev Food: Something many of us enjoy … and maybe often a little too much. Reading through our Torah portion, Eikev, I thought about the great holiday dinners of Pesach, Rosh HaShanah, Thanksgiving and others. There is nothing like that … Continue reading

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Pleading Before HaShem

Parashat Ve’etchanan This week’s Torah portion is called Ve’etchanan – “I pleaded.” It is Moshe pleading with the people to observe G-d’s mitzvot and live as the holy community G-d has purposed Israel to be. Last week we discussed how Deuteronomy is … Continue reading

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Rebellion and Selfishness … or a Message of Hope?

Parashat Korach This week’s parasha begins with an outright rebellion against Moses and Aaron. So what do we learn from this? Korach, a first cousin of Moses (and also a Levite), and those with him are presented in the parasha as having … Continue reading

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Lift Up Your Head

Parashat Bamidbar What is the purpose of the census at the beginning of the book of Numbers, and why is so much detail placed on the encampment of the tribes of Israel around the Tabernacle? This week’s Torah portion begins the … Continue reading

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