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The Prophet who Defied G-d
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The word of Hashem came to Yonah the son of Amittai, saying: Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and proclaim against it; for their wickedness is come up before Me. Yonah rose up to flee to Tarshish from the presence of Hashem; and he went down to Yaffo, and found a ship coming to […]
When September 11 Precedes Yom Kippur
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From where are personal values derived? How do we develop values? Are our personal values a consequence of our education and our culture? Are there other factors that influence the emergence of an individual’s personal ethical standards and moral priorities? And He said to Avram: Know that your descendants will be strangers in a land […]
Would Moshe Find Employment in Our Era?
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There did not arise in Israel another prophet like Moshe to whom Hashem revealed Himself face to face and in respect to all of the signs and wonders that Hashem sent him to perform in Egypt to Paroh and his servants and in respect to the mighty hand and the great awe-inspiring acts that Moshe […]
Revelation: Parts I and II
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I am Hashem your G-d who brought you forth from the Land of Egypt. (Sefer Shemot 20:2) The first statement of the Decalogue is a commandment The above passage is the first of the statements of the Decalogue. The balance of the Decalogue is composed of commandments. This first statement seems to be an introduction […]
Rosh HaShanah Confusion
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However, there is no recitation of Hallel on Rosh HaShanah and Yom HaKippurim because these are days of repentance, awe, and fear. They are not days of excessive joy. (Maimonides, Hilchot Chanukah 3:6) The Rosh HaShanah paradox Rosh HaShanah is paradoxical. It seems that on this festival we are expected to experience both joy and […]
Taking a Walk with Hashem
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  And you will return to Hashem, your G-d, and obey His voice according to all that I command you this day – you and your children – with all your heart, and with all your soul. And Hashem your G-d will reverse your captivity, and have compassion upon you. He will return and gather […]
Who Cares about Purim? Let’s Have a Good Time!
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And these days will be remembered and observed in every generation, by every family, in every country, and every city. These days of Purim will not pass away from among the Jews and its memory will not cease from their descendants. (Megilat Esther 9:28) The fate of temporary minor festivals The above passage explains that […]
It’s Okay to Settle for the Imitation
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When you shall beget children, and children’s children, and you shall have been long in the land, and shall deal corruptly, and make a graven image, even the form of any thing, and shall do that which is evil in the sight of Hashem your G-d, to provoke Him. (Sefer Devarim 4:25) Moshe teaches Bnai […]
Honoring Human Beings – With all Our Flaws
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Repentance communicates personal responsibility No one is perfect. Each of us has faults and every person commits sins. One of the amazing aspects of the Torah is its response to this aspect of the human condition. Our sins and wrongdoings are not overlooked because of their inevitability. We are held responsible for our wrongdoings. But […]
Being Like Hashem
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Hashem will establish you before Him as a sacred nation as He has promised you when you observe the commandments of Hashem your G-d and you go in His ways. (Sefer Devarim 28:9) How do we travel in Hashem’s way? In the passage above Hashem describes the conditions that the nation must meet in order […]