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Devarim 5778
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Vilna Gaon: What makes Sefer Devarim unique in contrast to the first four books of the Torah? Download the mekorot here Delivered at the OU Israel Center, 7 Av 5778 (July 19th, 2018)
Chazon Yeshayahu
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לֹא תוֹסִיפוּ הָבִיא מִנְחַת שָׁוְא קְטֹרֶת תּוֹעֵבָה הִיא לִי… לֹא אוּכַל אָוֶן וַעֲצָרָה Do not continue to bring Me your worthless meal-offerings, it is an incense of abomination to Me… I cannot abide iniquity with assembly (Yeshayahu 1:13) The Shabbos of Parshas Devarim marks the week in which Tisha b’Av falls. The haftarah is taken […]
The Effective Critic
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The first verse of Devarim, the fifth and culminating book of the Torah, sounds prosaic. “These are the words that Moses spoke to all Israel beyond the Jordan—in the wilderness, on the plain opposite Suph, between Paran and Tophel, Laban, Hazeroth, and Di-zahav.” There is no hint of drama in these words. But the sages […]
The Path to Eloquence
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It is an experience common to all freshmen. One comes to a new campus, knows no one, and tries to orient himself by identifying the senior students who seem to have prestige. Then, he tries to connect with these campus big shots.
Sparks of Rashi, for the Nine Days
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In Devarim (1:25) it says: “ויקחו בידם מפרי הארץ ויורידו אלינו” The spies brought down produce from the land. Rashi comments “the Land of Israel is higher than other lands”. Rashi repeats it five times. Why? Download the mekorot here Delivered at the OU Israel Center, July 17th, 2018 (5 Av 5778)
Being Part of the Winning Team
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“HASHEM our G-d has spoken to us in Chorev, saying, “You have had much dwelling by this mountain.” — Devarim 1:6 On the first day of Sivan, the Jewish people encamped at Har Sinai. Five days later, they received the Torah. They then remained at Har Sinai. Much time was to pass and many events […]
Parshas Matos-Masei
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כל דבר אשר יבא באש תעבירו באש…   לא:כג The Ramban asks, why is it that this issue of hechsher keilim only arose now by milchemes Midyan?  Why wasn’t it addressed by the conquest of Sichon and Og, wherein there was quite a lot of spoils of war? The Gemara learns out from “batim m’lei’im kol tuv” that during war it is mutar to eat maachalos asuros.  The Rambam holds that […]