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Is a Leader a Nursing Father?
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It was the emotional low of Moses’ life. After the drama at Sinai, the revelation, the golden calf, the forgiveness, the building of the Tabernacle and the book-length codes of purity and holiness, all the people can think about is food. “If only we had meat to eat! We remember the fish we ate in […]
Rabbi Weinreb’s Parsha Column, Beha’alotcha
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It was a lesson I learned long ago, when I was a high school classroom teacher. I was new at this line of work, and found that my greatest challenge was to find ways to motivate the students. I tried various approaches, which all were basically attempts to motivate by giving. I tried giving special prizes and awards, granting extra privileges, and even resorting to outright bribery in order to get the students to pay attention, do their homework, and learn the subject matter.
Parshat Beha’alotecha: How to Keep the Pesach Sheynee
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“And there were men that were defiled through contact with the dead. They were not able to perform the Pesach offering on that day. And they approached Moshe and Ahron.” (BeMidbar 9:6) On the first anniversary of Bnai Yisrael’s travels exodus from Egypt the nation celebrated the festival of Pesach. This observance included the offering […]
Parshat Naso: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
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“The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” the title of the famous Clint Eastwood movie, would make a good title for our Parsha as well. During the course of the Parsha, we are introduced to very colorful and varied figures including the thief, the adulteress, the leper, the Cohen and the Nazir. Undoubtedly, the most […]