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Sparks of Rashi, for the Nine Days
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In Devarim (1:25) it says: “ויקחו בידם מפרי הארץ ויורידו אלינו” The spies brought down produce from the land. Rashi comments “the Land of Israel is higher than other lands”. Rashi repeats it five times. Why? Download the mekorot here Delivered at the OU Israel Center, July 17th, 2018 (5 Av 5778)
Tevilat Keilim: An Ethic of Independence
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Why, after the battle of Midian are the Jews told about the laws of kashering vessels? They surely acquired vessels in previous wars as well! Why do glass and metal have to be immersed whereas other utensils don’t require immersion? Download the mekorot here Delivered at the OU Israel Center, July 10th, 2018 (27 Tammuz 5778)
The Awesome Power of a Single Letter in Torah
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Right after Bnot Tzelafchad, Moshe is told to go up the mountain and view the land. Hashem says to Moshe: וראיתה אותה. Why is there an extra “ה” in the word וראיתה? This parsha appears two other times, in Va’etchanan and in Haazinu. The three times parallel our three entries into the Land of Israel […]
Bilaam: The Wisdom of the Common Man
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Parshat Balak almost seems comical, how is it Torah? Balak claims the Jews are a threat, that he is a victim. The whole parsha is based on a figment of Moav’s imagination; there is no threat to Moav, the Jews were forbidden from attacking them! Delivered at the OU Israel Center, June 26th, 2018 (13 Tammuz […]
His Footsteps in the Sand
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Why does it say Vayishalach meaning to allow something to go and not Vayishlach (He Sent) when God sends the fiery serpents to attack the people? Aside from Parah Adumah, there are no commandments, only a 38-year gap and a historical account of the fortieth year. Why does Parah Adumah precede these events? Delivered at […]
An Anatomy of Betrayal II
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Why do we see the same 2 people, Datan and Aviram, keep causing trouble – in Egypt when Moshe confronts Pharaoh, at the sea, with the mahn, with Korach? What makes them tick? History repeats itself… Delivered at the OU Israel Center, 29 Sivan  5778 (June 12, 2018) Download the mekorot here
Freedom of Speech – Not at Any Price
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What is the Torah view of free speech? The Torah has a very strong view of free speech. The common theme in the tragedies that begin in this week’s parsha is the limits and abuses of free speech. Download the mekorot here Delivered at the OU Israel Center, 15 Sivan  5778 (May 29, 2018)
Shimshon: A Message for All Time
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What is the more profound connection between Parshat Naso and its haftarah other than the Nazir-Shimshon connection? Is being a Nazir good or bad? The answers lies in the selection of Shimshon’s story as the haftarah. Download the mekorot here Delivered at the OU Israel Center, 8 Sivan  5778 (May 22, 2018) This Shiur is […]
Berlin, No! Yerushalayim, Yes!
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The Meshech Chochma says that the Jews are destined to wander for many years, there had to be a Divine survival plan, religiously, physically, and culturally. What is that plan? How is that plan unfolding before our eyes? Download the mekorot here Delivered at the OU Israel Center, 23 Iyar 5778 (May 8, 2018)
Insights into Bitachon
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The haftarah of Bechukotai relates both to Behar and Bechukotai and focuses on bitachon. Reliance on other people (or on one’s own might) is the worst form of idolatry. This is Yirmiyahu’s message in the haftarah of Bechukotai as well as the message of Shemittah and Yovel. What is bitachon? Delivered at the OU Israel […]