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Shabbat Shalom – Parshat Balak

July 8, 2011





 
Is “Half Shabbos” a New Way of Life?
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“It’s a big problem,” says Rabbi Steven Burg, international director of the Orthodox Union’s NCSY youth group. Teens who text on Shabbat are an open secret in their schools and social circles, he says.



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Is a Woman’s Place in the (Kosher) Kitchen?

By Joyce Schur.

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Time of Our Lives

By Yael Tamari.

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Longing For Light

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YOUTHCON 2011; Open to ALL Jewish Educators

By Duvi Stahler.

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In Narrow Places, Part III

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All too often, in politics, we look to the podium or to the press release to see who’s “leading.” Equally often, it’s not who we’d think…


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Balaam and Dostoevsky – Parshat Balak

By Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb

Frustration. Disillusionment. But also insight and a lifelong intellectual perspective. That is how I would describe the experience I am about to share with you, dear reader.


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Balak 5771 – Esther Wein

 
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Week’s Haftarah*



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Phil Chernofsky is the educational director
of the OU Israel Center and the editor of Torah Tidbits,
the Center’s weekly Torah publication distributed throughout
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The Coming
Week’s Daf Yomi by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz


This essay is based upon the insights and chidushim (original ideas) of Talmudic

scholar Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, as published in the Hebrew version of the Steinsaltz Edition of the Talmud.

Masechet Hullin – 12a-18b

Dvar Torah by Britain’s Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

A People that Dwells Alone?

 
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Events:

2011 Marriage Enrichment Retreat

July 15, 2011

Our highly popular and well attended summer marriage retreat will once again be taking place! Practical ideas, skills, and suggestions will be presented throughout the weekend for nurturing more fulfilling marriages. This weekend is geared for happily married couples who want to communicate on an even deeper emotional level.

Advanced Kashrut Seminar for Women

August 29, 2011

This Harry H. Beren ASK OU Program will feature lectures on a wide variety of aspects of kashrut as well as industrial plant and hotel kitchen tours with instruction provided by a faculty of OU experts.

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Israel Center:

Monday, 9 Tammuz – July 11


8:00am to 5:30pm

In the City of Holon there are two amazing programs which we shall experience:

Seeing with the Blind & Hearing with the Deaf

“Dialogue in the Dark” & “Invitation to Silence”

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Parshat Balak

7 Tammuz 5771

July 8-9, 2011

Haftarah:

Micah 5:6-6:8

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