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Torah Lights for Re'eh

The Bible is concerned – and the government of Israel must be concerned – for every citizen’s ability to have a suitable roof over their head and a healthy meal on their table. , 8/16/2012, 5:34 PM

Torah Lights on Eikev

Torah from Efrat, Gush Etzion, in the Judean Hills., 8/9/2012, 10:02 AM

Torah Lights for Shabbat Nachamu

Thoughts on the weekly Torah reading - and this week on the Haftorah - from Efrat, Gush Etzion, in the Judean Hills., 8/3/2012, 12:11 AM

Torah Lights for Dvarim and Tisha B'Av

Dvar Torah from Efrat in Gush Etzion, the Judean Hills., 7/27/2012, 1:14 PM

Light of Torah from Efrat: Matot-Masei

How can the Torah command us to kill men, women and children of the seven peoples in Canaan? Dvar Torah from Efrat in the Judean Hills., 7/20/2012, 4:27 PM

Leadership in Parshat Pinchas

Torah from Efrat in the Judean hills., 7/13/2012, 2:11 PM

Ohr Torah on Balak

Torah from the city of Efrat in the Judean Hills., 7/6/2012, 4:08 PM

Torah from the Judean Hills: Chukat

The red heifer ceremony has symbolic significance., 6/28/2012, 3:44 PM

Behaalotcha: They Needed a Rebbe

Torah from the city of Efrat, Gush Etzion, in the Judean Hills., 6/8/2012, 5:25 PM

The Priestly Blessing: "With Love"

Torah from Efrat, Gush Etzion, in the Judean hills., 6/1/2012, 4:56 PM

The Omer: Sadducees Versus Pharisees

Torah from Efrat, Gush Etzion, in the hills of Judea., 5/25/2012, 10:58 AM

They Stood at the Foot of the Mountain

Torah from Efrat, Gush Etzion, in the hills of Judea, Israel. Why must we hear the "Curses" twice? And why should they precede the festivals of Shavuot and Rosh Hashanah, respectively? , 5/17/2012, 11:56 AM

Emor (Israel) and Acharei Mot (Diaspora Reading)

Torah from Efrat, Gush Etzion, in the Judean hills., 5/4/2012, 6:00 PM

Divrei Torah for Israel and Diaspora Readings

Torah from the city of Efrat in Gush Etzion, Judea, Eretz Yisrael., 4/27/2012, 3:52 PM

Tazria-Metzora and Shmini (in the Diaspora)

Torah from Efrat, Gush Etzion, Israel. (A repeat of Parshat Shmini follows the dvar Torah for the current parsha in Israel.), 4/19/2012, 1:50 PM

The Three Questions

Torah from Efrat, Gush Etzion, Israel. , 4/4/2012, 4:26 PM

Priest and Prophet

Torah from Efrata in Gush Etzion, Israel., 3/2/2012, 1:07 PM

The Sanctuary

Torah thoughts on the parsha from Efrata, Gush Etzion, Israel: The existence of the Temple is dependent upon the Israelites' fealty to G-d's words., 2/24/2012, 4:37 PM

Seeing G-d's Miracles

Torah from Efrat in Gush Etzion, Israel., 2/3/2012, 11:57 AM

The First Great Jewish Holiday

A dvar Torah from Efrat, in Gush Etzion, Israel., 1/27/2012, 4:33 PM

Exodus as a Symbol

The story of Exodus is is not might pitted against might, but rather might pitted against right., 1/19/2012, 5:00 PM

Joseph the Patriarch?

Why is Joseph not a fourth Patriarch?, 1/12/2012, 9:46 PM

Joseph, Hanukkah and Civil War

Heinrich Heine said, "For the Greeks, beauty is truth, for the Hebrews, truth is beauty". , 12/20/2011, 10:52 AM

G-d's Angels and Our Lives

We don't always know G-d's plan, but it is there. His messengers are what we call angels and they meet all of us at different times., 12/15/2011, 3:12 PM

Jacob's Learning Process

What happens to Jacob during the period when he is returning home?, 12/9/2011, 9:40 AM

Abraham Gave Birth to Isaac.

There is covenantal continuity and genetic continuity. The former is subject to choice., 11/25/2011, 9:44 AM

Why Call This Portion "Sarah's Life?"

How strange that a portion which is largely dedicated to the death of our major protagonists is named "The Life of Sarah"? , 11/18/2011, 11:36 AM

Difficult Lessons, Capable Leaders

The righteous Abraham has it hard while the nondescript Nahor has it easy. What does it mean?, 11/10/2011, 9:31 PM

Who is a Jew?

Are we a nationality or a religion? The truth is we are both together and each separately. , 11/3/2011, 11:28 AM

Noah Doesn't Quite Make It - Why?

Noah was somehow unequipped to give over the G-dly message. He could not assume the role suggested by his name Menahem (comforter), was not a people person., 10/27/2011, 11:45 AM

Genesis and the New Year Festivals are Linked

We have come full circle advancing from the broken terua to the redemption of the world. The breath with which humans are endowed in Genesis must be used to pass over a vital message of culture and ethical conduct. , 10/19/2011, 1:23 PM