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Rabbi Bernie Fox

Rabbi Bernie Fox

Rabbi Bernie Fox has served on the faculty of Northwest Yeshiva High School since 1980. He was appointed Head of School in 1986. Rabbi Fox is a member of the first smichah class of Yeshiva Bnai Torah of Far Rockaway and earned Masters of Business Administration Degree from Long Island University, Brooklyn.

The Sages and their Roles

June 27, 2014, by

1.  Introduction: The authority of the Sages to establish laws This discussion will deal with the authority of the Sages to create laws.  Four issues will be discussed: From where do the Sages derive their authority to create new laws? What types of laws can the Sages create? Is their authority unlimited or is there […]

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The Seder and Daily Acknowledgement of Redemption

June 27, 2014, by

We were servants to Paroh in Egypt and Hashem, our G-d, took us forth from there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm.  If the Holy One Blessed Be He had not taken our fathers out of Egypt, then we, our children, and our grandchildren would be enslaved to Paroh in Egypt.  Even if […]

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The Dialectic of Teshuvah

June 27, 2014, by

What exactly is repentance? It is that a person should abandon the sin and remove it from his thought.  He should resolve not to again commit it as it says, “The wicked should abandon his path…” Also, he should regret his past behavior as it says, “For after I repented I had remorse…”  And He […]

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Shavuot’s Dual Identity

June 27, 2014, by

You shall bring out of your dwellings two wave-loaves of two tenth parts of an ephah.  They shall be of fine flour.  They shall be baked with leaven, for first-fruits unto Hashem. (Sefer VaYikra 23:17)  And the Festival of the Harvest, the first-fruits of your labors, which you sow in the field; and the Festival […]

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When the Written and Oral Tradition Contradict One Another

June 26, 2014, by

From their flesh you should not eat and you should not touch their carcass.  They are impure for you.  (Sefer VaYikra 11:8) 1.  Parshat Shemini intertwines two discussions Parshat Shemini provides an outline of those species of animals that are permitted to be eaten and those which are prohibited.  For example, the parasha explains that […]

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The Relationship between the Torah and the Navi

June 26, 2014, by

And Moshe said to them:  If you do this and arm yourself for war before Hashem and you pass over the Jordan – each of you armed – before Hashem, until His enemies have been driven out before Him, and the land is captured before Hashem, and (only) afterwards you return, then you will be […]

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The Components of the Mishcan and their Relationships

June 26, 2014, by

And they brought the Tabernacle to Moshe – the tent and its vessels, its clasps, its planks, its bars, its pillars and its sockets.  (Sefer Shemot 39:33) And he made fifty golden clasps.  He joined together the curtains, one to another, with the clasps.  And it was one Mishcan.  (Sefer Shemot 37:13)  1.  The golden […]

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The Conversion of Yitro

June 26, 2014, by

And Yitro – a leader in Midyan (and) the father-in-law of Moshe – heard all that G-d had done for Moshe and His nation Yisrael.  That Hashem had taken forth Yisrael from Egypt (Sefer Shemot 18:1) 1. Yitro and Moshe’s reunion Parshat Yitro begins with a description of Yitro’s reunion with his son-in-law Moshe.  During […]

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