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G-d Living Next Door
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Hashem spoke to Moshe, saying: Speak to the children of Israel and say to them: Should any man’s wife go astray and deal treacherously with him, and a man lie with her carnally, but it was hidden from her husband’s eyes, but she was secluded [with the suspected adulterer] and there was no witness against […]
A Study in the Nature of True Love
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And you should love Hashem, your L-rd, with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all of your possessions.  (Sefer Devarim 6:5) Most of the commandments address actions and behaviors This passage is the source in the Torah for the commandment to love Hashem.  Our Sages discuss the nature of this love […]
The Problem with Animal Sacrifice
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Speak to Bnai Yisrael and say to them:  When a person among you offers a sacrifice, you should offer your sacrifice from the animals, cattle, or the flock. (Sefer VaYikra 1:2) The Torah’s inclusion of animal sacrifice Parshat VaYikra is devoted entirely to the discussion of karbanot – sacrifices. Most of these are animal sacrifices. […]
The What and Why of Redemption
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And Hashem said to Moshe: Now you shall see what I will do to Paroh; for by a strong hand he shall send them forth, and by a strong hand he shall drive them out of his land.  And the L-rd spoke to Moshe, and said to him: I am Hashem; and I appeared to […]
Paroh Loved Us – To Death
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And you will settle in the Land of Goshen.  You will be close to me – you and your sons, and your flocks and cattle and all that is yours.  (Sefer Beresheit 45:10) Take your father and your households and come to me.  I will give to you from the excellence of the Land of Egyptand you […]
A Short History of Fundraising
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And this stone that I have placed as a monument will be a house to Hashem and all that You will give to me I will surely tithe to You.  (Sefer Beresheit 28:22) Yaakov’s pledge to tithe The parasha opens with a description of Yaakov’s journey to the home of his uncle Lavan.  During this […]
Give Peace a Chance?
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And it came to pass at that time that Avimelech and Phichol the captain of his host spoke to Avraham,saying: G-d is with you in all that you do. (Sefer Beresheit 21:22) Avraham’s pursuit of peace Parshat VaYera continues the Torah’s discussion of the life of our first Patriarch – Avraham. The parasha begins with […]
Judging one another’s Beliefs
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Take for yourselves an offering for Hashem.  Every person who is moved by his heart should bring it – an offering before Hashem – gold, silver and copper.  (Sefer Shemot 35:5) The meaning of the name “Tabernacle of the Testimony” The Parshiyot of Vayakel and Pekudai complete the Torah’s account to the creation of the […]
The Privilege of Brotherhood
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You are children of Hashem, your L-rd. You shall neither cut yourselves nor make any baldness between your eyes for the dead.  For you are a holy people to Hashem, your L-rd, and Hashem has chosen you to be a treasured people for Him, out of all the nations that are upon the earth.  (Sefer […]
An Important Message from Achashverosh
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Now it came to pass in the days of Achashverosh – he was the Achashverosh who reigned from Hodu to Cush, one hundred twenty-seven provinces.  (Megilat Esther 1:1) Megilat Esther tells two stories Megilat Esther tells two stories.  One is the narrative of the salvation of the Jewish people from an evil adversary who would […]