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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.

Parshat Bo 4

June 10, 2010, by

“This month shall be for you the head of the months. It shall be for you the first of the months of the year.” (Shemot 12:2) This pasuk introduces the first mitzvah that Hashem revealed to Moshe. We are commanded to establish a calendar. The calendar is to be based on the cycles of the […]

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Parshet Vaeira 2

June 10, 2010, by

“And Egypt will know that I am Hashem when I stretch my hand over Egypt and I take out Bnai Yisrael from among them.” (Shemot 7:5) We have all been moved by the death and destruction brought about by the recent tsunami. I have received many emails from various Jewish organizations that are involved in […]

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Parshat Shemot 5

June 10, 2010, by

“These are the names of the Bnai Yisrael that came to Egypt with Yaakov, each man and his household.” (Shemot 1:1) This pasuk introduces Sefer Shemot. Nachmanides, in his introduction to Sefer Shemot discusses the theme of Sefer Beresheit and this Sefer. He explains that the theme of Sefer Beresheit is creation. He acknowledges that […]

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Parshat Toldot: Selling and Rejecting

June 10, 2010, by

“And Esav said to Yaakov, “Let me swallow some of this red food for I am tired.” Therefore, his name is Edom”. (Beresheit 25:30) Esav returns from the field exhausted. Yaakov is preparing a lentil porridge. Esav asks Yaakov to give him the porridge. Yaakov offers to exchange the porridge for Esav’s rights as firstborn. […]

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Parshat Shemot 4

June 10, 2010, by

“And a new king arose that did not know Yosef.” (Shemot 1:8) This passage introduces the initiation of Bnai Yisrael’s subjugation in Egypt. Our Sages disagree on the meaning of this passage. Rav understands the pasuk literally. The previous king died and a new king assumed authority. Shmuel disagrees. He argues that a new king […]

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Parshat Shemot 4

June 10, 2010, by

“And the woman conceived and she gave birth. And she saw that the child was good and she hid him for three months.” (Shemot 2:2) Parents often sense that their children come preprogrammed. Children seem to be predisposed to certain behaviors and attitudes. Is this perception accurate? Are we capable of molding our children? To […]

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Parshat Toldot: Brothers

June 10, 2010, by

“And Yitzchak answered and said unto Esav: Behold, I have made him your lord, and all his brothers I have given to him for servants; and with corn and wine have I sustained him; and what then shall I do for you, my son?” (Beresheit 27:37) Our parasha discusses the birth of Yaakov and Esav […]

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Parshat Chayei Sarah: Bitachon

June 9, 2010, by

“Hashem, the G-d of the heavens that took me from the house of my father and from the land of my birth, that spoke to me and that promised me saying, “to your descendants I will give this land” He will send His messenger before you and you will take a wife for my son […]

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Rivka, Yitzchak and Lavan

June 9, 2010, by

“And the girl, to whom I shall say, “Tip your jug and I will drink,” and she will say, “Drink and I will also water your camels,” she is the one you have designated for your servant Yitzchak. And through her I will know that you have done kindness with my master.” (Bereshit 24:13) Our […]

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