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Mesorah and Middos
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Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com. Historically, the period between Pesach and Shovuos was meant to be a period of great joy and anticipation, for our redemption from Egypt was the precursor to the ultimate goal of receiving the Torah on Shovuos and symbolically consummating our relationship to Hakodosh Boruch Hu. Yet the period has changed […]
Haphazardness and Happenstance
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Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com.             While Parshat Bechukotai begins with blessings im bechukotai telechu, if you walk/follow My decrees … , most of the parsha is devoted to a rebuke with a list of negative and horrific consequences if you do not follow My words. All this will be a result of asher holchu […]
Collectivity and Connectivity
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Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com.             With the Mishkan, the Tabernacle now complete, Hashem commands a new census be taken of Bnei Yisroel. The census is then followed by instructions on the pattern for the formation of the encampment around the Mishkan, a pattern that would carry through for all their travels and sojourn of […]
Accountability and Accessibility
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Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com. Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein             Parshat Nitzavim contains a few verses that appear to be extremely reassuring while still providing tremendous room for interpretation and understanding. The passage reads: For this commandment that I have commanded you today – it is not hidden from you and it is not […]
Influence and Inference
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Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com. Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein Summary l’ilui nishmat Leeor Devorah a”h bas Shlomo Perl n”y niftirah Sivan 20, 5774 The narrative of Bnei Yisroel’s journey toward Eretz Yisroel continues in Parshat Chukas. Two important segments of this journey are juxtaposed here, indicating a more important connection than chronological sequence. First […]
Gigantic Goodness
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Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com. Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein             Moshe Rabbenu sends twelve spies with specific instructions to reconnoiter the land Hashem has promised Bnei Yisroel. When the spies return, ten of them issue a very negative report, frightening the nation. Joshua and Caleb then try their best to calm Bnei Yisroel and […]
Modeling and Mindfulness
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Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com. Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein             As Bnei Yisroel is about to enter Eretz Yisroel, Hashem lists both the blessings and the curses that await them, depending on their choices in serving Hashem. One of the key phrases and conditions for Hashem to bestow all these blessings upon us is […]
Ogs Odyssey
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Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com. Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein             The first recorded war in Tanach appears in Parshat Lech Lecha. As in any war, then and subsequently, prisoners and captives are taken, and sometimes the captives are significant to the ensuing events. In this war, none other than Lot, Abraham’s nephew, was taken […]
Divinely Directed
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Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com. Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein In Parshat Chayei Sarah we bear witness to the ultimate search for a shidduch and all the communications necessary until a proper conclusion is reached. Eliezer, Avraham Avinu’s trusted servant, is sent on a mission to find the right girl for Yitzchak. Eliezer takes his […]
Edoms Enigma
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Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com. Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein             Names, names, and more names. What’s in a name? Perhaps nothing, at least in secular society where a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. But in Jewish tradition, names carry within them tremendous meaning. So, while we often gloss over those […]