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Parshat Lecha Lecha – Fresh like Bread, Fine like Wine
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During the events of Parshat Lech Lecha, our patriarch, Abraham, the father of monotheism, is given wine and bread after a military victory by a righteous leader from Jerusalem. What is the point of this simple feast? Rabbi Ari Segal, head of school at Shalhavet High School in Los Angeles and a former advisor for […]
Sukkot: The Pursuit of Happiness
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Sukkot is an opportunity for seven days straight of happiness. When else do you get such an opportunity? Rabbi David Markowitz, the COO of Aish HaTorah New York, shares the insight from Rabbi Noach Weinberg that if you can focus on what you have AND if you don’t take any pain in what you don’t, […]
Bereishit, Because Everything Needs a Good Origin Story
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Like any good story, the Torah begins with the origin of EVERYTHING: Bereishit. Just as with Spider-Man, “with great power comes great responsibility,” but when the people in this first chapter of the Torah are given the chance to take responsibility, they do not. They fail. In this season following Yom Kippur, Sam Zitin, associate […]
Yom Kippur: Prepare Your Three Tools For Teshuvah
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What are you bringing to synagogue on Yom Kippur? Rabbi Dovid Cohen, who has gone from an advisor for Long Island NCSY to Rabbi at Young Israel of the Upper West Side in Manhattan, leads us on a journey into the Unetanneh Tokef prayer, specifically the line “וּתְשׁוּבָה וּתְפִלָּה וּצְדָקָה מַעֲבִירִין אֶת רעַ הַגְּזֵרָה”, that […]
New Year Resolutions – Rosh Hashanah
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This Rosh Hashanah, Rabbi Tzali Freedman, director of Central East NCSY, has some realistic advice on how to make it meaningful without being overwhelmed. There are some practical things you can do between now and Yom Kippur to bring you closer to the Creator during these Days of Awe. If it’s not already a custom, […]
To Strengthen A Hand – Parshat Ki Tavo
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The Torah is one weighty scroll, and not just when it comes time to lift it. Rabbi Yisroel Kaminetsky, the founding Menahel of The DRS High School in Long Island, New York, shares the favorite piece of Torah of his grandfather, Rabbi Dr. Joseph Kaminetsky.
The Infinite Road of Elul: Parshat Ki Teitzei
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The month of Elul is here and Rosh Hashanah is nearly upon us. Rabbi Arieh Friedner, city Director of NCSY Cleveland, is reminded by this time of year that we must constantly strive towards perfection: undertaking to build ourselves is like planning to build a house. Find out why we don’t need to be perfect, […]
Parshat Shoftim – Moshe for President
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In this week’s parsha, Moshe is commanded to set up cities of refuge on the East side of the Jordan, but knows that he will not be able to enter the Land of Israel and live to see the fruits of his efforts. Rabbi Yitzchok Dinovitzer, Associate Regional Director of Atlantic Seaboard, whose NCSY experience […]