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No Words – Parshas Yisro

The following story, related by Rabbi Moshe Weinberger of Kehillas Aish Kodesh, which takes place in the Ukraine in the early nineteenth century, is among my all-time favorites. The imagery is powerful; the message, thought-provoking. Rabbi Yitzchak Kalish, the Rebbe…

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Judaism’s One-Two Punch – Parshas Bo

Practice takes precedence over philosophy.  This week’s Torah portion mentions the mitzvah of Tefillin twice.  In under five minutes, Rabbi Dovid Gross, puts down the Torah’s deep message to the Jewish people from these verses.

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Hurry Up, Slow Poke – Parshas Bo

A friend of mine was once stopped on the street by someone who asked him the following question: “Why are Jews always in a rush?” My friend was taken aback by the query, for he was just walking calmly down…

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Bringing It All Together Parshas Balak

By: Rabbi Shlomo Landau - 25 June 2010 - 0 Comments

Question: If you were part of a committee charged with the mission of ensuring the continuity of the Jewish people, which of the following items would you select as the most important element necessary to accomplish that task?   A)…

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The Living Years- Parshas Chukas

By: Rabbi Yitzchok Oratz - 18 June 2010 - 0 Comments

Imagine doing a strenuous workout outside on a ninety degree summer’s day. Workout was tough — but you did it. You feel good. Invigorated. You go inside your house & you are thinking about one thing & one thing only…

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Of Almonds and Blossoms Parshas Korach

By: Rabbi Dovid Gross - 10 June 2010 - 0 Comments

This week’s Torah portion, Korach, describes the episode where Korach organized a rebellion against Moses, questioning Moses’ authority and the appointment of Moses’ brother, Aaron, as the High Priest. Even after Korach and his followers were swallowed up by the…

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The Spies Who Loved Us Parshas Shelach

By: Rabbi Aaron Gruman - 04 June 2010 - 0 Comments

First the questions: The Torah describes how upon sending Hoshea and Kalev, along with ten other prominent Jewish leaders to “spy out theLandofIsrael”, Moshe changed Hoshea’s name to Yehoshua. Rashi explains that he did this as a form of prayer,…