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Edifying Expedition
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 Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Adapted by Channie Koplowitz Stein The Torah lists the forty two places Bnei Yisroel encamped during their forty year travels in the desert. Since the Torah has previously named many of these encampments and often related its relevance, why does the Torah now list them again? Ramban, quoting the Moreh Nevuchim, […]
Personification of Peace
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 Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Adapted by Channie Koplowitz Stein Parshat Pinchas is the resolution and denouement of the conflict originating in Parshat Balak. When Bilaam’s prophecies were ineffective, Moav tried a new tactic to weaken Israel. The Moavite  women seduced the Jewish men and lured them into worshiping their god. This ploy was so effective […]
Ultimate Uprightness
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Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Adapted by Channie Koplowitz Stein Balaam, the gentile prophet hired by Balak, king of Moav, to curse Bnei Yisroel is unsuccessful in his multiple attempts. In his very first attempt at cursing Bnei Yisroel, Balaam includes a personal request that seems to validate the unique and special position of Bnei Yisroel […]
Glorious Gazing
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Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Adapted by Channie Koplowitz Stein Bnei Yisroel were nearing the end of their journey to Eretz Yisroel. They now bring yet another complaint to Moshe. They were disgusted with the manna that had nourished them for forty years. They want real food. Hashem sent fiery serpents to afflict them, and many […]
Blossoming Bough
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 Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Adapted by Channie Koplowitz Stein Korach, cousin of Moshe and Aharon and one of the foremost leaders of the generation, came with 250 men to challenge Moshe’s authority in appointing Aharon as kohein gadol. His challenge was now tested by having Aharon, Korach and all these men bring their incense pans […]
Towering Tree
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 Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Adapted by Channie Koplowitz Stein Bnei Yisroel were approaching the land Hashem had promised them. In anticipation of entering the land, Moshe sends spies to reconnoiter the land. Moshe gives the spies specific instructions on what to look for, from the strength of its inhabitants to the fertility of the land […]
Continuous Commitment
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 Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Adapted by Channie Koplowitz Stein Aharon received the instructions on lighting the Menorah from Hashem through Moshe. Then the Torah tells us that “Aharon did so/vayas kein… as Hashem had commanded Moshe.” We would have expected Aharon to follow these instructions. Why does the usually terse Torah go out of its way to […]
Genealogical Greatness
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 Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Adapted by Channie Koplowitz Stein Parshat Bamidbar begins with Hashem commanding Moshe to “take a census of the entire assembly of Bnei Yisroel according to their families, according to their fathers’ household… you shall count them according to their legions…” The detailed instructions of this command support a powerful medrash in […]
Upright Utopia
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 Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Adapted by Channie Koplowitz Stein Parshat Bechukotai begins with a list of blessings Hashem will bestow on Bnei Yisroel if we follow His Torah. The list of blessings concludes with, “I am Hashem your God Who took you out of the land of Egypt from being their slaves. I broke the […]
Interest Intrigue
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 Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Adapted by Channie Koplowitz Stein Parshat Behar includes the prohibition against charging a fellow Jew or paying interest on a loan to a fellow Jew. One would think that it is illogical to expect someone to forgo earning interest when one could make a profit by investing that same money in other […]