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Yosef HaTzadik
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Who is Yosef? Why is he the transition between the era of the forefathers and the formation of Bnei Yisrael? Why does he earn the appalation Yosef HaTzadik?
Noach and Avraham
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Why do Chazal always compare Noach and Avraham? What do each of them represent? How does Avraham’s reaction to the plan to destroy Sodom compare to Noach’s reaction to the plan to destroy the world?
Yom Kippur 5779
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Why is the bracha on candles different on Yom Kippur than for that of other Yomim Tovim? Why do we light candles on Yom Kippur in the first place? (Making brachot on minhagim) The Gemara says Yom Kippur is a joyous day either because we attain atonement and forgiveness or because we received the second […]
To Remember. To Forget.
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Forgetfulness is a form of freedom. – Kahlil Gibran Without memory, there is no culture. Without memory, there would be no civilization, no society, no future. – Elie Wiesel Each of us is granted two precious and seemingly contradictory gifts – memory and forgetfulness. Of these two, we often value memory more, for without memory, we simply do […]
Torah Living
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כִּי שֵׁם ה’ אֶקְרָא הָבוּ גֹדֶל לֵאלֹקֵינוּ When I call out the Name of Hashem, ascribe greatness to our God (32:3) We note that while Moshe Rabbeinu refers to himself calling out “the name of Hashem,” i.e., the Name spelled yud-hey-vav-heh, known as the Shem Havaya, he calls upon Bnei Yisrael to “ascribe greatness to […]