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Devarim
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Contents: Why does the Torah call us Anshei Ha’Milchama? Inyanei Tisha b’Av 1 – Devarim “אנשי המלחמה” (ב:טז), “מבן עשרים שנה היוצאים בצבא” (רש”י שם) Rebbi once told me a story that he heard from Rav Mendel Zaks (son-in-law of the Chafetz Chaim) which took place during the War.  Rav Mendel was part of a […]
Why Are There So Many Jewish Lawyers?
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At the beginning of Devarim, Moses reviews the history of the Israelites’ experience in the wilderness, beginning with the appointment of leaders throughout the people, heads of thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens. He continues: And I charged your judges at that time, “Hear the disputes between your people and judge fairly, whether the case is between […]
Parshat Devarim – A Place of Love
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No matter what, I still love you…. Devorah Jaye, Atlantic Seaboard, New England and Southern NCSY, and current MEOR Maryland Assistant DIrector, introduces us to Sefer Devarim, as well as how it relates to this time of year, NCSY, to teach us an important message about staying inspired even during the darkest times.
It’s About Time
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This week’s Torah reading is the first in a new book, but for the most part it is a book that tells an old story, a book whose very existence is born of tragedy. Moshe is close to death; he will not cross over the Jordan River to the Land of Israel, and he opens […]
The Leader as Teacher
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It was one of the great moments of personal transformation, and it changed not only Moses but our very conception of leadership itself. By the end of the book of Bamidbar, Moses career as a leader seemed to have come to its end. He had appointed his successor, Joshua, and it would be he, not […]