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Rabbi Bernie Fox

Rabbi Bernie Fox has served on the faculty of Northwest Yeshiva High School since 1980. He was appointed Head of School in 1986. Rabbi Fox is a member of the first smichah class of Yeshiva Bnai Torah of Far Rockaway and earned Masters of Business Administration Degree from Long Island University, Brooklyn.

So Many Candles!

November 5, 2020, by

Bait Shammai say that on the first night, one kindles eight. From then onward, one decreases the number. And Bait Hillel says that on the first night, one kindles one. From then onward, one adds to the number. (Tractate Shabbat 21b)  I. Bait Shammai and Bait Hillel One of the most well-known disputes concerning the mitzvah of […]

Catastrophic Transmission Failure

November 5, 2020, by

Rav Yehudah said in the name of Rav: When Moshe our teacher was about to enter Gan Eden, he said to Yehoshua, “Ask of me any doubts that you have.” Yehoshua replied, “My master, did I leave you for even one moment? Is it not written in the Torah  ‘And his servant, Yehoshua the son […]

A Mystery of Authorship

November 5, 2020, by

And Moshe ascended, from the Plains of Moav, Mount Navo to the peak that faces Yericho.  And Hashem showed him the entire land from the Gilad to Dan.  (Sefer Devarim 34:1) I. The recording of Moshe’s death This passage introduces the final chapter of Sefer Devarim and the Torah.  Moshe ascends Mount Navo.  From its […]

Time to Get Serious – Really!

November 5, 2020, by

Always, a person should see oneself as half guilty and half meritorious.  Perform one mitzvah and he should rejoice!  He has tipped his scale to the side of merit.  Perform one sin, woe to him!  He has tipped his scale to guilt.  [This is] as it says: And one sinner destroys much good.  [This means […]

Personal Redemption

June 5, 2020, by

It is a positive command of the Torah to discuss the miracles and wonders that were done for our ancestors in Egypt on the night of the fifteenth of Nisan.[1] [This is] as it says, “Remember this day that you went forth from Egypt.” (Rambam, Mishne Torah, Hilchot Chametz U’Matzah 7:1) Searching for the meaning […]

Know Your Enemies

June 5, 2020, by

And it will be that when Hashem, you L-rd, grants you rest from all your enemies that surround you, in the land that Hashem, your L-rd, gives to you as a portion to possess, you should destroy the memory of Amalek from under the heavens. Do not forget. (Sefer Devarim 25:29) The relevance of the […]

Seeking Truth

May 6, 2020, by

And please, Hashem, our L-rd, make the words of Your Torah pleasant in our mouths and in the mouths of all Your people, the House of Israel. And may we and our offspring [and the offspring of our offspring] and the offspring of Your people, the House of Israel – all of us – be […]

The Shofar Communicates a Message

February 13, 2018, by

After the Torah is read and returned to its place, the congregation is seated. One person stands and recites the blessing:  Blessed are You, Hashem, L-rd of the universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us to hear the sound of the shofar.  (Maimonides, Mishne Torah, Hilchot Shofar, Lulav, v’Sucah 3:10) The […]

An Important Message from Achashverosh

February 13, 2018, by

I wish that every student with whom I work developed according to a predictable, linear path.  Such is not the case.  Students graduate and each develops uniquely.  Some continually grow in their commitment to Torah and Judaism.  Others struggle.  Some of those who struggle experience periods during which observance becomes a daunting challenge.  Some surrender […]

It’s Not Easy Being Haman

February 13, 2018, by

And when Haman saw that Mordechai bowed not down, nor prostrated himself before him, then Haman was full of wrath.  But it seemed contemptible in his eyes to lay hands on Mordechai alone; for they had made known to him the people of Mordechai.  And Haman sought to destroy all the Jews that were throughout […]