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Teshuva: Is it a Mitzvah?
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  Delivered at the OU Israel Center, September 24, 2019 (24 Elul 5779) Rabbi Gold’s final shiur in his weekly series has been sponsored by Gary and Laurel Schiff in memory of Rabbi Gold’s dear wife Baila and in honor of their one year anniversary and by the Greenblatt and Weinberg families in memory of […]
The Big Lie
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Did Korach and his followers really think that Egypt, the house of bondage was for them a land flowing with milk and honey! Hashem forgave Bnei Yisrael for the Golden Calf which was an assault on Him but not for the sin of the Meraglim, which was an assault on Eretz Yisrael. When Datan and […]
Hillel – The Oleh from Bavel
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Pesachim 66a: When Bnei Bteira didn’t know if the Korban Pesach should be slaughtered on Shabbos (the halacha was hidden from them) they turned to Hillel and he answered them based on a drasha. They were so impressed they made him the Nasi. We know that the only Korban Pesach brought in the Midbar was […]
Shimshon: The Haftarah of Naso
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Why was the story of Shimshon chosen as the haftarah for Parshat Naso? Is it simply because Shimshon was a Nazir or is there also a deeper reason? Never question God’s choice of savior of Bnei Yisrael: יפתח/שמשון/גדעון בדורו כשמואל/משה/אהרון בדורו Shimshon is a complex leader, he acts on his own, not as the representative […]
The Miracle of Nature and the Nature of Miracles
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(My encounter with Herman Wouk a”h) The Meshech Chochma says that it is our job to see the miracles in nature, the only difference between nature and miracles is what we expect. Time is not linear: Bnei Yisrael were taken out of Egypt because they would receive Torah, despite the fact that they hadn’t experienced […]
A New Look at the Haftarah of Behar
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What is the connection between Parshat Behar and its Haftarah? With the destruction of Yerushalayim imminent, Yirmiyahu (who is in prison) is told to redeem the land from his cousin in Anatot (even though the field is almost worthless because of the Babylonian takeover). He is then told to bury it in pottery so it […]
Anshei Knesset Hagedolah: Looking at our times
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Anshei Knesset HaGedolah reinstated praising Hashem as הגדול הגבור והנורא after it was taken out by the prophets following the Churban. Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik explains these as three ways in which God manifests himself in the world. Delivered at the OU Israel Center, April 28, 2015 (9 Iyar 5775)
Slander and Self-Hatred
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(לא תלך רכיל בעמך לא תעמוד על דם רעך אני ה'” (ויקרא יט:טז” What is the connection between the two halves of the verse – the prohibition against slandering a fellow Jew and not standing by idly when a fellow Jew is in danger? Download the Mekorot Delivered at the OU Israel Center, April 30, 2019 […]
Prophecy as Current Events
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After a haftarah we say: “שכל דבריו אמת וצדק” – all the words of the Neviim are true (one of the 13 principles of faith). Regarding Ezekiel’s prophecy contained in the haftarah for Parshat Parah: how did the Jews at the time understand it, how did our grandparents understand it, and how do we understand […]