Aliya-by-Aliya Parshat T’tzaveh 5762

February 28, 2014, by

Numbers in [square brackets] are the mitzva-count of the Sefer HaChinuch Kohen – First Aliya – 14 p’sukim – 27:20-28:12 Moshe (his name conspicuously missing from this sedra) is told by G-d to command the people to take pure olive oil in order to light the Menora’s lamps. The Menora, to be located in the […]

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Aliya-by-Aliya Parshat T’zaveh 5759

February 19, 2014, by

Numbers in [square brackets] are the mitzva-countof the Sefer HaChinuch. Other counts differ. Kohen First Aliya -14 p’sukim (27:20-28:12) Moshe (his name conspicuously missing from this sedra) is told by G-d to command the people to take pure olive oil in order to light the lamps of the Menora. The Menora, to be located in […]

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Parshas Tetzaveh

February 6, 2014, by

This week’s Sedra starts with Hashem commanding Moshe Rabeinu to in turn instruct Klal-Yisroel to take extra virgin and pure olive oil for lighting the Western Light (of the Menorah). Rashi comments on the interesting contrast between this oil used for the purpose of light, and the oil which was to be used in the […]

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The Counterpoint of Leadership

One of the most important Jewish contributions to our understanding of leadership is its early insistence of what, in the eighteenth century, Montesquieu called “the separation of powers.” Neither authority nor power was to be located in a single individual or office. Instead, leadership was divided between different kinds of roles. One of the most […]

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Rabbi Weinreb’s Parsha Column, Parshat Tetzaveh

February 3, 2014, by

My interest in the relationship between a person and his or her clothing goes back to my early days in graduate school. I was taking a course on human personality, under the tutelage of a remarkably insightful and erudite woman, Dr. Mary Henle. I was so enthusiastic about the courses that I took with her that I asked her to supervise my master’s degree thesis.

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