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“Fake News”
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I have faith in the people.  They will not consent to disunion.  Let them know the truth, and the country is safe. – Abraham Lincoln “Truth,” what is it? Is your “truth” the same as mine? Is anything “factual?” Can facts be fungible? Are there really “alternative facts?” We have had too many occasions to comment […]
Peer Pressure
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One of most tragic events in the history of our people was the sin of miraglim (spies). When we left Mitzraim we were exalted and untouchable, feared by all the nations, respected by the world.  Forty-nine days later we gathered at the foot of Har Sinai to accept the Torah. The plan was for the […]
Parshas Beha’aloscha
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בהעלתך את הנרות   ח:ב            Tosafos (Menachos 86a) brings an argument between Rashi and the Riva regarding how to understand the statement that the middle ner (candle/light) of the menorah was “the one with which the lighting would begin and end”. According to the Riva, the other six neiros were doused and the cups were […]
Behaaloscha 5778
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The aggadeta of throwing the keys up to heaven at churban bayit sheni. Why is Aharon praised for not changing the process of lighting the menorah? The 3 times the Torah uses the word מקשה. The different sounds made with the חצוצרות.
Faith and Friendship
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In this week’s parsha Moshe reaches his lowest ebb. Not surprisingly. After all that had happened – the miracles, the exodus, the division of the sea, food from heaven, water from a rock, the revelation at Sinai and the covenant that went with it – the people, yet again, were complaining about the food. And not […]