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Rabbi Nachman Kahana

Parshat Vayetse: Seeking Truth, Filled With Jewish Pride

November 14, 2007, by

Parshat Vayetzei 5768 Part One: Mi Lashem Aylei Part Two: Eretz Yisrael, the Ultimate Jewish Pride Part One: Mi Lashem Aylei We are a nation steeped in the search for truth. There are billions of people in the world who are satisfied with believing in lies, regardless of how absurd or ludicrous, because its convenient

Parashat Toldot: Antagonists and Protagonists, Fathers and Sons

November 9, 2007, by

Parshat Chayei Sarah and Toldot 5768 Dear Friends: The following is an abridged version of the original which was deemed “too inflammatory.” You can receive the original on request by notifying talmcomm@netvision.net.il Part one: Antagonists, Protagonists Part two: My father, My Son Part one: Antagonists, Protagonists With the birth of Esav, history enters a stage which will

Parashat Chayei Sarah: On This Day…Two Eulogies

November 1, 2007, by

Parashat Chayei Sarah 5768 Part One: Two Eulogies Part Two: On this day…. Part One – Two Eulogies The Gemara in Megilla 3a, discusses the important contribution of the illustrious Tana, Yonatan ben Uziel, the most outstanding student of Hillel (Suka 28a), with his Targum (explanatory translation) on Tanach. As an example the Gemara quotes

Parashat Vayeira: 3 Angels Among Us, Living in Our Tents

October 24, 2007, by

Parashat Vayeira 5768 Part One: 3 Angels, then and now Part Two: The tents of Avraham, the tens of David Part One: 3 Angels, then and now When reflecting upon Jewish life today, it is almost impossible to comprehend what our situation was at the end of the Second World War, just 60 years ago.

Parashat Lech Lecha: Evolving People, Evolving Nations

October 17, 2007, by

Parashat Lech Lecha 5768 Part One – The dream of 2000 years is not “in the heavens,” it is real. Part Two – The Uniqueness of the Jewish Nation Part One – The dream of 2000 years is not “in the heavens,” it is real ויאמר ה’ אל אברם לך לך מארצך וממולדתך ומבית אביך

Parashat Noach: Man of Science, or Breaking Points

October 11, 2007, by

In case you missed it… Parashat Bereishit: Echoes of God, Beginning to End Parashat Noach 5768 Rabbi Yochanan, in Sanhedrin 108a, is not very sympathetic to Noach. Regarding the verse that states that Noach was a tzadik (righteous man) in his time”, Rabbi Yochanan explains, “in his time”, but had Noach lived at another time,

Parshat Bereishit: Echoes of God, Beginning to End

October 5, 2007, by

Parashat Bereishit 5768 Part One: Echoes of God Part Two: The End, From the Beginning Part One: Echoes of God The Days of Awe (ha’yamim nora’im) coalesce with the verses in Bereishit in their essence of beginning, in their activities and in speech; it is the speech which intrigues me, not of Man but the

Yom Kippur: A Knock on the Door, a List of Our Sins

September 20, 2007, by

Yom Kippur 5768 Part One: Contradictions Part Two: Apikorsim, A Knock on the Door Part Three: The Sins of the Rabbis, and Me Part One: Contradictions At the beginning of every New Year, the halacha creates within us a schizophrenia of sorts. On the one hand, we are obliged to treat Rosh Hashana as Yom

End of Elul E-mail to God, and My Fellow Man

September 11, 2007, by

End of Elul 5767 Part One: Elokim Mail Part Two: Yishmael Has a Case! Part One: Elokim Mail To the Exalted One, Creator of All Things, Rebono Shel Olam; I am sending You my yearly E-Mail (Elokim Mail) to report on the state of Your people as perceived from my virtual world, which of course