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Our Independence. Our Community. Our Song.
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You can cage the singer but not the song. – Harry Belafonte No “one-hit wonder,” the Torah presents us with two great songs. The first, and most famous is Az Yashir – “Then sang Moshe and B’nei Yisrael this shirah…,” praising the splitting of the yam suf and allowing the Children of Israel to be free […]
Balak 5779
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Why does Hashem warn Balaam using the seemingly repetitive wording of “don’t curse them for they are blessed”? Balaam had the opposite of the midot required for nevuah (as listed by the Rambam), how, then, did he merit prophecy? Why does Pirkei Avot choose specifically Balaam as the opposite of Avraham Why did Balaam’s donkey […]
250 Chieftains and the Plot of Korach
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In the beginning of Parshat Korah, the Torah tells us that Korach did not act alone in his rebellion against Moshe and Aaron. Now Korah, son of Izhar son of Kohath son of Levi, betook himself, along with Dathan and Abiram sons of Eliab, and On son of Peleth—descendants of Reuben— to rise up against […]
Glorious Gazing
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Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Adapted by Channie Koplowitz Stein Bnei Yisroel were nearing the end of their journey to Eretz Yisroel. They now bring yet another complaint to Moshe. They were disgusted with the manna that had nourished them for forty years. They want real food. Hashem sent fiery serpents to afflict them, and many […]
Tikkun and Chidush: A Fresh Start
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How can one fix what seems to be hopelessly shattered? When we have reached the end, how can we begin again? The elusive answer is hidden in the purifying ashes of the Red Heifer. Body, Soul and Healthy Circulation When the body is healthy, the blood flows freely and a person feels healthy, strong, and […]