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Parshat Shemot – What Makes a Good Person Great?
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What are the qualities that makes a good person into a great person, a ‘gadol’? Keevy Fried, the Associate International Director of NCSY looks at this week’s parsha, Shemot, for an example from Moses’s life. In the Torah, two verses say that he ‘grew up’. What qualities distinguish the first growth from the latter one?
Parsha Vayechi – Changing History
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Jacob, soon to die in Egypt, blesses Joseph’s two sons, Ephraim and Menashe, and asks to be buried in the the land G-d promised to Abraham. However, an action he takes prevents the kind of bad blood that had dogged the family for generations.
Parsha Vayigash – An Awkward Family Reunion
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By this week’s parsha, Joseph has been through the emotional ringer: from his brothers selling him into slavery, to his meteoric rise in Egypt. Yardenna Bannett, NJ NCSY Senior Specialist, describes the emotional reunion between Joseph and his father Jacob this week. Jacob collapses and says the Shema, but what does this central prayer mean […]
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.