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Parsha Vayishlach – The Best of Your Abilities
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As Jacob returns to meet his brother Essau after 22 years, Rabbi Jack Melul of the University of Oregon Hillel and JSU/NCSY in Eugene, Oregon, shares a commentary from Rashi: how did Jacob keep the 613 mitzvot while living with his father-in-law Laban away from Israel? What is the distinction between being able to perform […]
Keeping the Faith with Passion
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Rabbi Jon Green, NCSY Camp Sports Director, talks about using Abraham (“Avraham ha-Ivri”, as he is called, literally, Aberham Across The River) as a model for staying faithful to the challenges placed before us while still staying energized about what we do.
Parshat Lech Lecha and Communal Unity
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How does G-d’s commandment to Abraham differ from Noah’s? Why reach out to those who have fallen away from the community rather than just those in the core? Rabbi Dave Felsenthal, Director of OU NextGen and Founding Director of NCSY Alumni, explores the themes of Jewish unity that are found in Parshat Lech Lecha and […]
Translating The Tower of Babel
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Why was Noah’s generation destroyed but the following generation, which dared to build a tower higher than heaven itself, allowed to live? Penny Pazornick, North American Associate Director of Israel Free Spirit Birthright explains an interpretation.