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Shoftim: Tree-like
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I love metaphors. An apt metaphor can help stimulate boundless creativity and can lead to a deeper and richer understanding of the concept being studied. Take, for example, the metaphor of a tree as representing a human being. We find this metaphor in this week’s Torah portion, Shoftim, in the following verse: “When you besiege […]
A Tree Near the Altar
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לֹא תִטַּע לְךָ אֲשֵׁרָה כָּל עֵץ אֵצֶל מִזְבַּח ה’ אֱלֹקֶיךָ אֲשֶׁר תַּעֲשֶׂה לָּךְ You shall not plant for yourself an Asheirah – any tree – near the Altar of Hashem, your God. (16:21) For Whom the Korbanos? Korbanos make up a significant category of mitzvos within the Torah. Of crucial importance with regards to korbanos […]
On Not Being A Victim
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Making a series of programmes for the BBC on morality in the twenty-first century, I felt I had to travel to Toronto to have a conversation with a man I had not met before, Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson. Recently he has recently become an iconic intellectual for millions of young people, as well as a […]
To Stand Alone
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A father is obligated to do the following for his son: to circumcise him, to redeem him if he is a first born, to teach him Torah, to find him a wife, and to teach him a trade. Others say: teaching him how to swim as well. – Kiddushin 29a The Boomers were not like the […]
Premium Teshuva
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What is the connection between the month of Elul and Hashem’s name of דודי? According to the Vilna Gaon the first pasuk in Parshat Re’eh alludes to Teshuvah. How does Teshuva work? Shiur provided courtesy of Torah Anytime