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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.
Calendar Rhythms & Counting the Omer, Parshat Emor
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Rabbi Ari Goldberg, the director of Pittsburgh NCSY, examines why for the mitzvah of Sefiras HaOmer, Counting the Omer, we don’t recite Shehechiyanu as we do for so many other annual Mitzvot. For him, like the the rhythms of nature, the traditions of hockey season and the calendar of NCSY events, it’s all about patience […]
How do you define holiness? – Parshat Kedoshim
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This week’s parsha deals with concepts of holiness. The Jewish people are commanded to be holy, but how does that manifest itself? Rabbi Dov Emerson, Head of School at YULA High School in LA and NCSY alumnus from Memphis, Tennessee, looks at the act of making Kiddush, blessing a cup of wine at the beginning […]
“In Every Generation…” A Pesach Message
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Rabbi Pinchas Stolper, the Founding Director of NCSY presents a special message for Pesach during the NCSY@60 anniversary year. Drawing on the mysteries of Lag B’Omer and the meaning of Vehi She’Amda, a passage from the Haggadah which marvels that the Covenant between HaShem and the Jewish people has endured through the generations as countless […]
Chosing a Freedom & Taking Flight – Acharei Mot
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Rabbi Gideon Black of JLIC at New York University examines two verses from Parshat Acharei Mot that make it clear that just as much as Moses had to save the Jewish people from the grasp of Pharaoh, he also had to convince those who only desired a settled life in Egyptian society not to become […]