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Haftarah for Vayeilech
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G-d implores the people to return to Him because these troubles have come upon them due to their sins. He’s not asking them for gold or jewels; all He wants is sincere words of repentance. The people should ask Him to show them the proper way and the words of their lips will serve as […]
Haftarah for Nitzavim
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Jerusalem and the nation will rejoice that G-d has wrapped them with garments of salvation and righteousness, adorned like the happy couple on their wedding day. G-d will cause righteousness and praise of Israel to sprout like the flora of a garden. Chapter 62 G-d says that for the sake of Israel and Jerusalem, He […]
Parshat Ki Tavo: To What Are We Confessing?
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“And you should say before Hashem your G-d, I have removed the sacred from the house. And also I have given from it to the Layve and the convert, to the orphan and to the widow, as required by your commandments that you have commanded me. I have not violated your commandments and I have […]
Parshat Ki Tavo: Our Heroes Aren’t Perfect
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“And G-d will bring you back to Egypt in ships, along the way that I promised you would never see again. And you will try to sell yourselves as slaves and maids, but no one will want to buy you.” (Devarim 28:68) We Jews tend to identify our own heroes. The Torah does not encourage […]
Parshat Ki Tavo: First Fruits
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“And it will be, when you come into the land which Hashem your G-d gives you for an inheritance, and possess it, and dwell therein. And you shall take of the first of all the fruit of the ground, which you will bring in from your land that Hashem your G-d gives you. And you […]