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Attitudinal Aversion
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 Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Adapted by Channie Koplowitz Stein            Parshat Toldot contains one of the seminal scenes that defines Bnei Yisroel and clarifies the differences between Yaakov  Avinu and his twin Esau. This scene is Esau selling his right as the firstborn to Yaakov Avinu for a bowl of red lentil soup. While Yaakov […]
Avowing Allegiance
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 Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Adapted by Channie Koplowitz Stein            Parshat Chayei Sarah is the first recording in the Torah of a match made through a middleman, a shadchan. Eliezer, Avraham Avinu’s trusted servant, is entrusted with the mission of going to Charan and finding there a wife for Yitzchak, Avraham’s son. The Torah repeatedly […]
Earthly Existence
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 Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Adapted by Channie Koplowitz Stein            One of the most unforgettable events on Parshat Vayera is the destruction of Sodom. Equally important is Hashem’s decision to inform Avraham Avinu of this intention coupled with Avraham’s response to this information. Avraham immediately goes into his chesed mode, praying for the salvation of […]
Influencing, Indulging and Inculcating
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 Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Adapted by Channie Koplowitz Stein            Avraham Avinu returned to Canaan from Mitzrayim with Sarai and Lot. Both Avraham Avinu and Lot had been gifted much wealth and livestock, and both had shepherds for their flocks. Soon the two groups of shepherds began arguing, so much so that Avraham Avinu approached […]
Constant Connectivity
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 Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Adapted by Channie Koplowitz Stein The Torah introduces us to Noach as “a righteous man, perfect in his generations. Noach walked with God.” Rashi immediately picks up on the qualifier, “Righteous in his generations,” and asks whether he would be considered righteous if he lived in another generation. Would he have […]
Bedrock Beginnings
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 Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Parshat Balak is our formal introduction to the great gentile prophet, Bilaam. Although King Balak of Moav hired Bilaam to curse Bnei Yisroel, Bilaam, by his own admission, could speak only the words Hashem would put into his mouth. What comes out are beautiful, eternal prophecies, including one which is even […]
Source of Sustenance: Song and Struggle
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 Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Adapted by Channie Koplowitz Stein             Parshat Chukas contains one of only nine song/poems recorded in Tanach. (A tenth will be sung at the time of Moshiach.) Yet it seems to be buried inauspiciously within an itinerary listing many of the stops of Bnei Yisroel on their journey and some of the […]
Egocentricity or Envy?
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 Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Adapted by Channie Koplowitz Stein             Korach, a leader in the tribe of Levi, gathered to him Dothan Aviram and another 250 men and challenged Moshe’s authority as Hashem’s representative in appointing Aharon to be the High Priest. When Moshe sees he can make no headway with Korach, Moshe sends for […]