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Yom Yerushalayim: Zion and Jerusalem
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Let’s Open Our Sefarim This Yom Yerushalayim   Historians have long distinguished between two types of great leaders. On the one hand, there are those who are gifted with mighty talents and unusually powerful personalities. But they are essentially inward people who are not particularly gregarious and whose greatness often sets them at a distance […]
Collateral Confirmed
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Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com. Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein Hashem has blessed and cursed Bnei Yisroel. He declares He would lay waste to the land and exile the people. But in spite of the sins of Bnei Yisroel that brought about this desolation, Hashem promises, “I will remember My covenant with Jacob and also […]
Parshat Bechukotai: Once is Not Enough
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We no sooner read the last pesukim of Devarim on Simchat Torah, concluding the public reading of Torah, that we turn our attention to the very first pesukim of Breishit and start the cycle of reading and re-reading Torah over again.  Just as we had the year before, we once again begin to read the […]
Galvanizing Gestures
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Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com. Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein The beginning of Parshat Emor deals with laws that are directed at the kohanim, the priests, and  then focus on the even more stringent restrictions on the High Priest. He is called the kohain gadol, the “great”priest who is above his brothers. What constitutes this […]
Parshat Emor 5777
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The blemishes of a kohen vs. the blemishes of a korban and a broken heart. The mitzvah of Kiddush Hashem. Why are Leket, shichika, & peah mentioned among the holidays?
Parshat Emor: The Duality of Jewish Time
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Alongside the holiness of place and person is the holiness of time, something parshat Emor charts in its deceptively simple list of festivals and holy days (Lev. 23:1-44). Time plays an enormous part in Judaism. The first thing God declared holy was a day: Shabbat, at the conclusion of creation. The first mitzvah given to […]
A Life of Sanctification
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The conditions under which we live are many and varied. Some of us live in very comfortable, even idyllic, surroundings. Others struggle with diverse hardships, including poverty, disease, and the conditions of war. Our people have known unspeakably extreme conditions, such as those experienced during the Holocaust. Throughout history, we have learned to obey God’s […]