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Yom Tov in One Simple Lesson
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And Hashem spoke to Moshe saying: Speak to the Children of Israel and say to them: The appointed times of Hashem that you should declare them as sacred events; these are My appointed times.  (Sefer VaYikra 23:1-2) We have diverse attitudes toward Shabbat and our festivals.  Some of us look forward to them and enjoy […]
The Challenge of Loving One’s Neighbor
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And the L-rd spoke all of these things saying:  (Sefer Shemot 20:1)  Serving Hashem through how we treat one another The central element of the parsha is the Decalogue – the Aseret HaDibrot. The Decalogue is composed of ten statements which include a number of commandments. Why were these commandments selected by Hashem to be presented […]
Respect for the Torah
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And when the people saw that Moshe delayed to come down from the mount, the people gathered themselves together unto Aharon, and said to him: Arise, make us a god who shall go before us; for as for this Moshe, the man who brought us up out of the Land of Egypt, we know not […]
Yom Tov in One Simple Lesson
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And Hashem spoke to Moshe saying: Speak to the Children of Israel and say to them: The appointed times of Hashem that you should declare them as sacred events; these are My appointed times.  (Sefer VaYikra 23:1-2) We have diverse attitudes toward Shabbat and our festivals.  Some of us look forward to them and enjoy […]
Time Well-Spent
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If you will go in the way of My laws and you will observe My commandments and perform them, then I will give your rains in their time and the land will give forth its bounty and the tree of the field will give its fruit.  (Sefer VaYikra 26:3-4) The consequences of observing the commandments […]
A Human Life is Irreplaceable
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The son of an Israelite woman and he was the son of an Egyptian man went out among the children of Israel, and they quarreled in the camp this son of the Israelite woman, and an Israelite man. And the son of the Israelite woman pronounced the [Divine] Name and cursed. They brought him to […]
Anger, its Purposes, and its Impacts
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Do not take vengeance and do not bear a grudge.  You should love your neighbor as yourself.  I am Hashem.  (Sefer VaYikra 19:18) Not taking vengeance or bearing a grudge The above passage includes one of the most well-known commandments of the Torah.  We are adjured to love one another.  The passage also includes two […]
“Catching” a Case of Tzara’at
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All the days that the affliction is upon him he will be impure.  He is impure; alone he should dwell; outside of the camp should be his place of dwelling.  (Sefer Vayikra 13:46) Tzara’at, quarantine, and sin Much of Tazria-Metzora is devoted to discussion of tzara’at.  Tzara’at can take the form of a skin affliction.  […]
If the Tune Fits, Sing it
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And Hashem spoke to Aharon saying: Wine and intoxicating beverages you should not drink – you and your sons with you – when you come into the Ohel Moed.  And you will not die. This is an eternal law for your generations.  (It is) in order to distinguish between the sacred and profane, and between […]
Questions without Answers
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The Shabbat before Pesach is called Shabbat HaGadol – the Great Shabbat – because of the miracle that was performed on it.  (Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chayim) The commemoration of Shabbat HaGadol The Shabbat prior to Pesach is referred to as Shabbat HaGadol.  Its name is derived from the miracle that occurred on that Shabbat at the […]