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The Journey is the Destination – Parshat Masei
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This week’s parsha, Masei, goes into such detail about the route that the journey and encampment of the Jewish people took them as they traveled from Egypt to the Land of Israel. Why the 42 specific stops? Rabbi Judah Hulkower, an alumnus of West Coast NCSY, tells us that each location speaks to a different […]
Living Through the Just and Unjust – Parshat Pinchas
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Amanda Esraeilian, an advisor for Midwest NCSY and former International President, examines the census process of the Land of Israel described in Parshat Pinchas and is struck by how fairly the land is then divided between families. But life is rarely proceeds so justly. How can we rationalize living through those unjust experiences?
Parshat Balak – Instant Messengers’ Service
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What can we learn from talking donkeys? Carol Rhine, COO of NY NCSY and Director of JUMP takes a look at a strange message sent to a king of Moab who tries to curse the Jewish people. What lessons can we take away from this and more recent events in Jewish history? Carol recorded this […]
The Sum of Old Fears – Parshat Chukat
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What did Moshe Rabbeinu have to fear from an Amorite king, Og, in this week’s Torah portion? Avi Levy, an advisor for West Coast NCSY Alumni explains that Mitzvot generate zechus, merit, and Og had plenty of zechus building in reserve… Every good thing we do or prayer we say counts for the future!
It’s All From HaShem: Parshat Korach
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As we plead to Hashem for the safe return of Gilad Shaar, Naftali Frenkel, and Eyal Yifrach, the three kidnapped Israeli yeshiva students, it is important to remember a very important lesson learned from the rebellion of Korach: everything is from Hashem! Josh Cohen is the Alumni Coordinator for West Coast NCSY as well as […]
Where do you choose to sit? – Parshat Shlach
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How many of your decisions are based on your sense of self-worth? What about the actions of those around you? Rabbi Yaakov Frankiel, Director of Columbus NCSY, tells an Old Country parable of train travel that explains why the scouts returned from Canaan with such anguished news in this week’s parsha.
Different Paths, Same Korban: Parshat Naso
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In Parshat Naso, why does the Torah identify the leader of each tribe and their relationship to the Mishkan in such repetitive detail? This week, an explanation from Rabbi Yaakov Glasser, the Emeritus International Director of Education for NCSY and now the Associate Dean of the Center for the Jewish Future at Yeshiva University. While […]
Flags that Separate and Unite: Parshat Bamidbar
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“Do you have a flag?” Other than waving in the breeze, what function does a flag have? Hillel Bierbrier, an Advisor for NCSY/JSU Canada, provides an explanation. In this week’s parsha, Bamidbar, The Twelve Tribes of Israel are given degalim, banners, to assemble into camps under as they wander the desert. But why recognize these […]
Whose Slaves After Egypt?: Parshat Behar
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Can empowerment come through submission? Rabbi Darren Levin, the Seif JLIC Co-Director at Johns Hopkins University, poses this question in light on parshat Behar, Sefirat HaOmer and the well-known comments of the late comedian and religious skeptic George Carlin. Discover what is liberating about the Torah.