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Ohr Torah on the parsha

Torah lights from Efrat in the Judean hills. , 4/2/2016, 10:14 PM

Why is it forbidden to count Jews?

Torah lights from Efrat, Gush Etzion, in the Judean hills., 2/27/2016, 10:08 PM

Ohr Torah on the Parsha: The eternity of Israel

Torah lights from Efrat, Gush Etzion, in the Judean Hills., 2/18/2016, 9:52 AM

Ohr Torah on the parsha

Torah lights from Efrat, Gush Etzion, in the Judean hills., 2/12/2016, 4:12 PM

Ohr Torah on the Parsha: Slavery

Torah lights from Efrat, Gush Etzion, in the Judean Hills., 2/4/2016, 12:37 PM

Ohr Torah on the Parsha: Sabbath

Torah lights from Efrat in the Judean Hills., 1/29/2016, 3:43 PM

Ohr Torah on the Parsha: Just allow your eyes to see

Torah from Efrat in the Judean Hills., 1/22/2016, 1:15 PM

Ohr Torah on the parsha: Darkness, then and now

Torah lights from Efrat in the Judean hills., 1/14/2016, 8:30 AM

Ohr Torah on the Parsha: Hardened hearts

Torah lights from Efrat in the Judean Hills., 1/8/2016, 11:50 AM

Ohr Torah on the Parsha: Inspired grandparents

Torah lights from Efrat, in the Judean hills., 12/31/2015, 7:09 AM

Ohr Torah on the Parsha: Inheriting leadership

Torah from Efrat, in the Judean hills., 12/25/2015, 9:00 AM

Ohr Torah on Vayigash: The way-station

Torah lights from the city of Efrat, in the Judean Hills., 12/17/2015, 7:59 AM

Ohr Torah on Hanukkah

Torah from Efrat in the Judean Hills., 12/12/2015, 11:51 PM

Ohr Torah: The familial blessing

Torah from Efrat, Gush Etzion, in the Judean Hills., 12/6/2015, 4:59 AM

Ohr Torah on the parsha: Love in marriage

Torah lights from Efrat, in the Judean Hills., 11/19/2015, 10:19 AM

Ohr Torah on the parsha: Why was Sarah in Hevron?

Torah lights from Efrat in the Judean hills., 11/6/2015, 9:28 AM

Ohr Torah on the Parsha: Isaac and Ishmael

Torah lights from Efrat in the Judean Hills., 10/30/2015, 8:10 AM

Ohr Torah on the Parsha: Kaleidoscope

Torah lights from Efrat in the Judean hills of Gush Etzion., 10/23/2015, 11:00 AM

Ohr Torah on the Parsha: Celestial Man

Torah lights from Efrat in the Judean Hills., 10/8/2015, 10:07 PM

Ohr Torah for Shabbat Chol Hamoed

Torah lights for the holiday from Efrat in the Judean Hills., 10/2/2015, 10:43 AM

Ohr Torah on Haazinu: Family Matters

Torah lights from Efrat, Gush Etzion, in the Judean Hills., 9/25/2015, 8:30 AM

Ohr Torah on the Parsha: Shabbat Shuva

Torah lights from Efrat, Gush Etzion, in the hills of Judea, for the Sabbath between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur., 9/17/2015, 10:30 PM

Ohr Torah on Parashat Nitzavim

Torah Lights from Efrat, Gush Etzion, in the Judean Hills., 9/11/2015, 12:32 PM

Ohr Torah on the Parsha: The Covenant of Responsibility

Torah from Efrat, in the Judean Hills of Gush Etzion., 9/3/2015, 9:42 AM

Ohr Torah on the Parsha: Mamzerim in the Talmud

Torah lighs from Efrat, Gush Etzion, in the Judean Hills., 8/28/2015, 10:07 AM

Ohr Torah on the Parsha: Choosing Life

Torah from Efrat, Gush Etzion, in the Judean hills., 8/14/2015, 4:26 PM

Ohr Torah on the Parsha: The Importance of Bread

Torah lights from Efrat, Gush Etzion, in the Judean Hills., 8/7/2015, 7:18 AM

Ohr Torah for Shabbat Hazon: Rabbi Yohanan vs. Rabbi Akiva

Torah lights from Efrat, Gush Etzion, in the Judean Hills., 7/23/2015, 5:50 PM

Ohr Torah on the Parsha: Comfort

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Ohr Torah on Balak: Prophets Who Care

Torah lights from Efrat in the Judean Hills., 7/3/2015, 10:41 AM

Ohr Torah on the Parsha: Israelite Rebels

Torah lights from Efrat, Gush Etzion, in the Judean Hills., 6/26/2015, 9:13 AM

Ohr Torah on the Parsha: Rebellions

Torah lights from Efrat, in the Judean HIlls., 6/19/2015, 6:53 AM

Ohr Torah on the Parsha: Are We Israelis or Jews?

Torah from Efrata, Gush Etzion, in the Judean Hills., 6/12/2015, 9:30 AM

Ohr Torah on the Parsha: Acceptance

Torah lights from Efrat in the Judean Hills., 6/5/2015, 3:08 PM

Ohr Torah on the Parsha: Dreamers

Torah lights from Efrat in the Judean Hills., 5/29/2015, 3:30 PM

Ohr Torah on the Parsha: The Shalshelet

Torah lights from Efrat, Gush Etzion, in the Judean Hills., 3/27/2015, 11:52 AM

Ohr Torah on Vayakhel-Pikudei

The light of Torah from Efrat, in the Judean Hills., 3/13/2015, 1:24 PM

Ohr Torah on the Parsha: Conversion

Torah lights from Efrat, Gush Etzion, in the Judean hills., 2/12/2015, 3:55 PM

Ohr Torah on the Parsha: The Covenant at Sinai

Torah lights from Efrat, Gush Etzion, in the Judean Hills., 2/6/2015, 9:12 AM

<i>Beshalach</I>: Finding Your <I>Bashert</I>

Our sages teach us, "It is more difficult for the Almighty to bring two individuals together in marriage than it was for Him to split the Reed Sea." In what way is there any logical comparison between the splitting of the Reed Sea and the making of a <I>shidduch</I>?, 2/1/2007, 1:59 AM

Parshat Bo (Exodus 10:1-13:16)

Can we honestly say that the Israelites conducted themselves properly, with true honesty and integrity? Were they too not guilty of acts of duplicity, disingenuousness and exploitation? What adds insult to injury is that the source of this three day "sleight of tongue" deception is none other than the G-d of Israel, the Compassionate Lord of Truth., 1/24/2007, 6:06 PM

<I>Shemot</I>: Civil Disobedience in the Torah

When, if ever, does individual conscience override governmental authority? Will anarchy not reign supreme, and central governmental authority fall by the wayside, if every soldier of the IDF decides which orders are proper for him to carry out and when the authority of his Talmudic academy overrides the authority of his army commander?, 1/11/2007, 3:31 PM

<i>Vayechi</I>: Our Grandfather's Blessing

Every Friday evening, traditional Jewish parents bless their male children (and often grand-children), "May the Almighty make you like Efraim and Menashe," and their female children, "May the Almighty make you like Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah." Why not bestow the blessing of the three Patriarchs upon our male children?, 1/5/2007, 10:16 AM

<I>Miketz</I>, Light and Chanukah

The sainted Rabbi Elijah of Vilna (of the 18th century), known as the Vilna <I>Gaon</I>, notes that if one counts from the very first word of the Bible, <I>Bereishit</I> ("In the beginning"), the twenty-fifth word is <I>ohr</I>, "light," as in the verse, "and the Almighty declared 'Let there be light' (Genesis 1:3).", 12/20/2006, 2:05 PM

<I>Vayeshev</I> and Hanukkah

The special religious relationship between father and son is most poignantly expressed by a famous Talmudic commentary on a critical moment in the life of Joseph in Egypt, described in this week's Biblical reading., 12/14/2006, 10:46 PM

<I>Vayishlach</I>: Jacob Returns to Isaac

If his misguided paternal favoritism allows him to forgive the transgression of Reuven, ought not Isaac's misguided paternal favoritism of Esau allow him - Jacob - to be forgiven of his transgression towards his father Isaac?, 12/8/2006, 10:20 AM

<I>Vayetze</I>: A Mistaken Vow

What point is there to the Bible's recording the time lag between the dream and the vow? And finally, does G-d not promise Jacob in his dream whatever he later asks for in his vow, that He will watch over him wherever he goes, return him to this land, and not forsake him (Gen 28:15)? Why does Jacob require the vow altogether?, 11/29/2006, 11:14 PM

<i>Toldot</I>: Jacob's Self-Deception

Jacob is described in the opening of our Biblical portion as "a whole-hearted (the Hebrew <I>tam</I> also means naive) person, a (studious) dweller in tents." (Genesis 25:27) How can such a disingenuous personality declare to his old blind father, "I am Esau, your first-born son" - and for what appears to be in order to gain material blessings?, 11/22/2006, 4:10 PM

<I>Chayei Sarah</I>: Sarah's Greater Understanding

What was Sarah doing in Hebron? Abraham, Sarah and Isaac had been living in Be'er Sheba, where the patriarch had made a treaty with Avimelekh, king of the Philistines. , 11/16/2006, 11:46 PM

<I>Vayera</I>: The First Inverted "Marrano"

One of the truly tragic figures of the Bible is Lot, nephew and adopted son of Abraham., 11/9/2006, 11:03 AM

<I>Lech Lecha</I>: Marx, Spinoza, Freud and Abraham

It will be important for us to try to understand why living in Israel should be so central an aspect of our status as the people of the Covenant, but even prior to this is an even more obvious query: Why did G-d choose Abraham?, 11/1/2006, 12:02 PM

<I>Noach</I>: The First Jew

Why was the first Jew Abraham and not Adam; Abraham and not Noah? , 10/26/2006, 3:05 PM

<I>Bereishit</I>: I Speak, Therefore I Am

In the words of the sacred <i>Zohar</i>, cited in the first chapter of the <I>Tanya</I> of Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi, founder of Chabad (Lubavitch) Hassidism, "Anyone who exhales, exhales from the essence of his innermost being.", 10/19/2006, 10:45 PM

Sukkot: The Aravah and the Leviathan

It is especially significant that the aravah - symbolizing the Jew with neither learning nor deeds - is an integral part of the united Jewish people. , 10/10/2006, 12:32 PM

Yom Kippur: Piercing the Veil

We seem to be transported into the eternal world of the historic Jewish community, a world in which we have an opportunity to grasp the hands of those who have come before us and to prepare the way for those who are to come after us., 9/28/2006, 10:49 PM

Rosh HaShanah: Unconditional Love

There are three curious aspects about this period of the Days of Awe that I would like to attempt to analyze., 9/20/2006, 3:12 PM

<I>Nitzavim-Vayelech</I>: The Woodchopper and the Water-Carrier

Why did the master prophet Moses use the expression "from the choppers of wood to the drawers of water"? Perhaps he was utilizing a short-hand method of saying from Abraham, the chopper of wood, to Elijah, the one who drew forth the water., 9/13/2006, 1:53 PM