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Acharei-K’doshim (Yom HaAtzmaut) 5775
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The show begins with the Yom HaZikaron siren and an understanding as to why the powers that be attached IDF Memorial Day to Independence Day, rather than separating the two (as is done in other countries). The second half brings us into Yom HaAtzmaut and discusses the national and religious nature of the day and […]
Parshat Tazria-Metzorah – A Blessing in Disguise
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Would a world with tzara’at really be so bad? Margot Reinstein, a former advisor from Upstate NY and NJ NCSY, and a former bus head of NCSY GIVE, shares some important thoughts about the different forms of tzara’at, seeing spots, and what it all has to do with Yom Ha’Atzmaut and the Land of Israel.
When Were Private Altars Prohibited?
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Introduction Multiple Commands Moshe opens the list of ordinances and laws (“הַחֻקִּים וְהַמִּשְׁפָּטִים”) in Devarim 12–26 with a dual command to destroy the idolatrous places of worship throughout the land of Israel and to serve Hashem only at His single chosen location: (א) אֵלֶּה הַחֻקִּים וְהַמִּשְׁפָּטִים אֲשֶׁר תִּשְׁמְרוּן לַעֲשׂוֹת בָּאָרֶץ אֲשֶׁר נָתַן ה’ אֱלֹהֵי אֲבֹתֶיךָ […]
The Circumcision of Desire
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It is hard to trace with any precision the moment when a new idea makes its first appearance on the human scene, especially one as amorphous as that of love. But love has a history. [1] There is the contrast we find in Greek, and then Christian thought between eros and agape: sexual desire and […]