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Dayenu!
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Modern colloquial Hebrew uses an ancient rabbinicism when asking what two seemingly disparate subjects have to do with one another. The phrase, drawn from comments on the first verse of Parashat B’Har, is:“What does Shmittah have to do with Mount Sinai?” This week’s Torah reading begins with what seems to be superfluous information: “God spoke […]
Teach Your Children
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As is often the case, the name of this week’s parasha is taken from a word in the very first verse:emor- “speak”. In fact, the act of speech appears three times in this verse: And God said to Moshe: Speak to the kohanim, the sons of Aharon, and say to them: Let none [of you] […]
This Day: Derech Eretz and the Study of Torah
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Our modern culture teaches us to “stop and smell the roses.” To relax, “take a load off”. We push ourselves too relentlessly, we are told. We need to take time and “de-stress”, as if all actions that we perform are of equal value and weight. It is not that we need to stop what we […]
MiMachorat HaShabbat
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Introduction An Enigmatic Phrase Vayikra 23 provides a complete list of the annual festivals.  After opening by commanding the observance of Shabbat, Pesach, and Chag HaMatzot, it turns to describe the Omer offering and the fifty day leading up to the bringing of the Two Loaves (“שתי הלחם”).  In recording the dates of these two offerings […]