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Parshas Emor
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ולא תחללו את שם קדשי ונקדשתי בתוך בני ישראל אני ה’ מקדשכם    כב:לב       Rashi says that lo sechalelu includes “do not do aveiros b’meizid.”  What this means is as the Rambam writes.  The Rambam (hilchos Yesodei Ha’Torah 5:10) says that if someone does an aveirah bi’shat nefesh l’hachis, in flagrant disdain, it […]
Parshat Emor: Do the Math
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It’s as easy as 1+1 = 2, right?? Rabbi Moshe Benovitz, from NCSY Kollel, teaches us about the true nature of counting the Omer, which is discussed in this week’s parsha, and how to bundle up seemingly random behaviors into a lifestyle of positivity.
Sanctifying the Name
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A President guilty of sexual abuse. A Prime Minister indicted on charges of corruption and bribery. Rabbis in several countries accused of financial impropriety, sexual harassment and child abuse. That such things happen testifies to a profound malaise in contemporary Jewish life. More is at stake than simply morality. Morality is universal. Bribery, corruption and […]
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 […]