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Bilaam, Updated
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The Egyptian, the Babylonian and the Persian rose, filled the planet with sound and splendor, then faded to dream-stuff and passed away; the Greek and the Roman followed, and made a vast noise, and they are gone; other people have sprung up and held their torch high for a time, but it burned out and they sit in […]
Moshe, the Real Deal – part 2
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The congregation had no water; so they assembled against Moshe and Aharon. (Sefer BeMidbar 20:2) The sin of Moshe and Aharon and their punishment The above passage introduces one of the most disturbing incidents in the Torah.  The nation is in the wilderness of Tzin.  The people have no water.  They confront Moshe and Aharon.  […]
Moshe, the Real Deal – part 1
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And Korach, the son of Yitzhar, the son of Kahat separated himself, along with Datan and Aviram, the sons of Eliav, and Ohn, the son of Pelet – the sons of Reuven.  And they arose before Moshe, along with two hundred fifty men of distinction from the Children of Israel – princes of the congregation, […]
Dreams of Eternity
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And Hashem said: I have pardoned according to your word. But indeed, as I live – and all the earth shall be filled with the glory of Hashem – surely all those men who have seen My glory, and My signs, that I performed in Egypt and in the wilderness, yet have tested Me these […]
Lessons from the Nazirite
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And this is the law of the Nazirite, when the days of his Nazirite vow are fulfilled: He shall bring himself to the door of the Ohel Mo’ed.  (Sefer BeMidbar 6:13) [1] The laws of the Nazirite Parshat Naso describes the mitzvah of the Nazir – the Nazirite.  The Nazir is a person who takes a […]
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 […]