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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.

Adam and Chava as a Model for Marriage

June 26, 2014, by

And Hashem said:  It is not good for man to be alone.  I will create for him a helper companion.  (Sefer Beresheit 2:18) 1. The structure of betrothal in halachah The marriage process begins with kiddushin – betrothal.  Through this process the bride and groom enter into a binding agreement to complete the marriage.  With […]

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The Sages and their Roles

May 30, 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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A Thought-Provoking Diet

March 26, 2014, by

And Hashem spoke to Moshe, saying: Speak unto the children of Israel, saying: If a woman conceives and bears a male child, then she shall be impure seven days; as in the days of the impurity of her menstruation she shall be impure. (Sefer VaYikra 12:1-2) 1. Impurity in human beings and other creatures This […]

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It’s not Easy being Haman

March 14, 2014, by

And when Haman saw that Mordechai bowed not down, nor prostrated himself before him, then Haman was full of wrath.  But it seemed contemptible in his eyes to lay hands on Mordechai alone; for they had made known to him the people of Mordechai.  And Haman sought to destroy all the Jews that were throughout […]

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The Prayer Encounter

March 14, 2014, by

And Hashem called unto Moshe, and spoke unto him out of the tent of meeting, saying: Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them: When any man from among you brings an offering unto Hashem, you shall bring your offering of the cattle, even of the herd or of the flock. (Sefer VaYikra […]

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Lessons from Achashverosh

March 14, 2014, by

And it was in the days of Achashverosh – the Achashverosh who ruled from Hodu to Kush – one hundred and twenty provinces. (Megilat Esther 1:1) 1. The messages of the Megilah story The story related in Megilat Esther is constructed around the interplay between four personalities.  Mordechai and Esther are the hero and heroin […]

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The Trouble with Greatness

January 16, 2014, by

And let them make Me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them. (Sefer Shemot 25:8) 1. The commandment to create a Bait HaMikdash and its fulfillment Parshat Terumah is devoted to describing the design of the Mishcan – the Tabernacle. Included in the parasha is also a detailed description of the design of the […]

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The Covenant of Sinai

January 11, 2014, by

And Moshe came and told the people all the words of Hashem, and all the ordinances; and all the people answered with one voice, and said: All the words which the L-rd has spoken will we do. (Sefer Shemot 24:3) 1. The prototypical conversion Conversion to Judaism requires that a candidate for conversion commit oneself […]

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Unity of Heart and Mind

January 3, 2014, by

Thus Hashem saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians. And Israel saw the Egyptians dead upon the sea-shore. (Sefer Shemot 14:30) 1. The destruction of the Egyptians at the Reed Sea and the song of Bnai Yisrael Parshat Beshalach continues the Torah’s discussion of Bnai Yisrael’s exodus from Egypt. The Torah […]

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Walking the Walk

December 26, 2013, by

And they shall take of the blood, and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel, upon the houses wherein they shall eat it. (Sefer Shemot 12:7) 1. An unusual aspect of the Pesach sacrifice in Egypt Parshat Bo is notable for a number of its characteristics. It is the penultimate parasha dealing […]

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