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Pekudei: Inspired Intentions
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INSPIRED INTENTIONS: PARSHIYOT VAYAKHEL/PEKUDEI Shira Smiles shiur 2015/5775 Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein             Parshat Pekudei includes a review of many of the components of the Mishkan as they were being completed. When all is ready, the people try to erect the Mishkan but are unsuccessful. Then the Torah states: “They brought the Tabernacle to Moshe, the […]
Limited Leverage: You Can’t Force God’s Hand
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Parashat VaYetze opens as Yaakov runs for his life: He had been told that his brother Esav has murder on his mind, that he intends to take revenge on for Yaakov’s deceptive acquisition of blessings that he felt were rightly his own – and Yaakov doesn’t stick around to see if Esav will make good […]
Foundations of the Beis Hamikdash
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וַיַּשְׁכֵּם יַעֲקֹב בַּבֹּקֶר וַיִּקַּח אֶת הָאֶבֶן אֲשֶׁר שָׂם מְרַאֲשֹׁתָיו וַיָּשֶׂם אֹתָהּ מַצֵּבָה וַיִּצֹק שֶׁמֶן עַל רֹאשָׁהּ Yaakov arose early in the morning, he took the stone that he placed around his head and set it up as a pillar, and he poured oil, on its top. (28:18) The Timing of Yaakov’s Response Having experienced the […]
The Power of the Womb, The Power of Prayer
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There is an almost universally shared “first photo” in modern baby albums – the somewhat blurry image captured on a pregnant woman’s first ultrasound.  The observations, “He looks like you!”  “She’s got your eyes!” are bandied about in good humor as parents, grandparents, friends and family begin the process of welcoming a new member to […]