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Mishpatim 5777–Shabbat Torah Study–Are You Listening?

This week’s Parasha contains numerous Mishpatim (a kind of mitzvah), thus the name of the Parasha. Falling on the heels of receiving the 10 commandments, the Rabbis hasten to use this as proof that all of these laws and the … Continue reading

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Shabbat Vayeishev 5777 and Erev Chanukah–One Light? Give a Kook.

Rabbi Aaron Bergman shared an important teaching about Chanukah last week in the name of Rav Abraham Isaac Kook who was the first Ashkenazi chief rabbi of British Mandatory Palestine, the founder of Yeshiva Mercaz HaRav Kook, a great Jewish … Continue reading

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Shabbat Pesach 5776–The Fifth Child–Who Is Missing from the Seder?

I read recently that though there are many examples of the “famous fours” during the Seder (4 questions, 4 cups of wine, 4 expressions of redemption and, of course, the 4 children), the reality is that they are supposed to … Continue reading

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Shabbat Parashat Shemot 5776–Will 2016 Be a Year of Growth? What Kind?

This Shabbat begins the journey through the Book of Shemot. It is the end of the golden, good times in Egypt. It is the story of a descent into slavery and immense suffering that our sages tell us transformed us … Continue reading

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Parshat Ki Tavo 5775–Shabbat Torah Study in the D–Selichot: A Time to Come Together

As Rosh Hashanah is fast approaching, the Torah reminds us in so many ways about the importance of our connection and relationship with God. But who is this God that we think of at this time of year? Is it … Continue reading

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Shabbat Rosh Chodesh Elul, Parashat Re’eh 5775–The King wants us to greet Him. No appointment necessary

This Shabbat, we begin the month of Elul. Yes, it is only one month until Rosh Hashanah! It is a special and awesome time of opportunity for spirituality and connection. On Rosh Hashanah we approach God as HaMelech, the King … Continue reading

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7th and 8th Days of Passover, Shabbat Pesach with Yizkor 5775 –The Splitting of the Sea and What It Means to Me

The splitting of the Sea of Reeds (not the Red Sea!), enabling the Israelites to escape Pharaoh’s Army, and the closing back in of the Sea to destroy the Egyptian pursuers is a pivotal and defining moment in the history … Continue reading

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