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Ignoring the Signs
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Perhaps it’s human nature: You see something on your skin you hadn’t noticed before. Has it always been there? Did it suddenly appear? You could have it checked by the doctor, but why make a fuss? You can just wait for your next regularly-scheduled visit – if there is one… Modern man grapples with many […]
Parshas Tazria
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החדש הזה לכם ראש חדשים    יב:ב The Medrash says that Klal Yisrael has the ability to impart kedusha onto each month because Ha’Kadosh Baruch Hu imparted kedusha to us.  The example for this, the Medrash continues, is klei shareis (the vessels of the Beis Ha’Mikdash): how does the flour and oil of a korban mincha […]
The Eighth Day
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Our parsha begins with childbirth and, in the case of a male child, “On the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised” (Lev. 12:3). This became known not just as milah, “circumcision”, but something altogether more theological, brit milah, “the covenant of circumcision”. That is because even before Sinai, almost at the […]
El Aprendizaje de la Torah: ¡Eso fue fácil!
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“En el octavo día, la carne del propicio será circuncidada.” — Vayikra 12:3 El Da’as Zekeinim (Shemos 21:1) explica que el bris milah perfecciona a la persona.  Y solamente cuando el tiene el bris es cuando la persona puede entender la profundidad de la Torah.  El trae al caso un ejemplo sobre este concepto. Dentro […]
In the Eye of the Beholder?
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What makes a photograph museum worthy? What is it about the photographer’s eye that allows him to take a memorable shot?  After D-Day, tens of thousands arrived in New York, but only one captured image defines the moment.  The horrors of war are beyond counting, yet a single searing image of a child suffering the […]