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Parshat Devarim: Targum vs. Translation
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“On the east side of the Jordan, in the land of Moav, Moshe began to explain this law saying.” (Devarim 1:5) This passage is an introduction to Sefer Devarim. Much of the sefer is a review of the mitzvot. In this review Moshe clarifies the commandments and reveals additional details. Rashi comments that Moshe explained […]
Parshat Matos-Masei: Forty Years of Schooling
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Rabbi David Zeller z”l was born to a Reform Jewish family in the United States. His search for spirituality brought him to India where he lived as a Sadhu, an ascetic who lives without material possessions. Zeller’s insights and experiences in India ultimately brought him back to Judaism and he became an Orthodox Rabbi who […]
The Prophetic Voice
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During the three weeks between 17 Tammuz and Tisha b’Av, as we recall the destruction of the Temples, we read three of the most searing passages in the prophetic literature, the first two from the opening of the book of Jeremiah, the third, next week, from the first chapter of Isaiah. At perhaps no other […]
Parshat Matot-Masei: The Nature of a Vow
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“And Moshe spoke to the heads of the tribes saying, “This is the matter that Hashem commanded” (BeMidbar 30:2) This pasuk introduces the most comprehensive discussion in the Torah of the laws governing vows. What is a vow? A vow is a means by which a person creates a personal obligation or restriction. One reason […]
The True Meaning of Exile
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And Hashem spoke to Moshe saying: Command Bnai Yisrael and say to them, “Behold, you come to the Land of Cana’an. This is the land that shall fall to you as a legacy – the Land of Cana’an according to its borders.” (Sefer BeMidbar 34:1-2) 1. The theme of the parasha Parshat Massay deals primarily […]