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Rabbi Nachum Dovid Alpert

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Echoes of prophecy still inspire the Jewish nation

For while we have fought for and earned the Land of Israel, and the practice of Jewish life has returned to Zion, we cannot say that our Jewish brothers and sisters in Israel are truly free.

Echoes of prophecy still inspire the Jewish nation

The depth of discipline

Aharon's sin with the Golden Calf was not in its creation but in forcing G-d to judge the Jews as willful sinners.

The depth of discipline

Tzav:

The sacrifice we CAN offer nowadays

Yaakov did not cease his studies of the 613 Mitzvot, and when one learns about a Mitzvah, credit is given for actually fulfilling that commandment!

The sacrifice we CAN offer nowadays

Vayikra:

How to hear the calling

R’ Moshe Feinstein asks the obvious – if G-d’s voice was to be heard by Moshe alone, why does the Torah allude to the might and majesty of G-d’s communications? What purpose was served by this miracle?

How to hear the calling

The Real Value of the Mishkan

Gur Aryeh [a supercommentary on Rashi written circa. 1550] asks the obvious–the Torah has just spent hundreds of Pesukim describing the building of the Mishkan, and all that went in to it, and finally, at the culmination of the process, when the last details and accountings are being presented to the Jews–the Torah chooses to allude to the eventual destruction of it all.

The Real Value of the Mishkan

Shabbat:

Building the Temple, keeping the flame of hope alive

After thousands of years of no homeland, no Beit Hamikdash, exile and persecution, our National Identity in the metaphysical sense has been the mitzvah of Shabbat – it warms the heart and soul of the Jewish people like no other.

Building the Temple, keeping the flame of hope alive

Parshat Tetzaveh:

The National Spirit of Sacrifice of Am Yisrael

Ultimately, the spirit of sacrifice for Am Yisrael that Moshe represented was baked into the national identity of the Nation of Israel.

The National Spirit of Sacrifice of Am Yisrael

Parshat Tetzaveh:

The might of the Shoham Stones

The High Priest, as the messenger of the united force of the Jewish People, bore these two stones on his shoulders, to highlight that when Jews are united in their service to G-d, they cannot be defeated.

The might of the Shoham Stones

Parshat Terumah:

The Mystical Representations of the Aron

Rabbi Saadyah Gaon wrote: "The Jewish nation is a nation only by virtue of the Torah."

The Mystical Representations of the Aron

Parshat Mishpatim:

What the golden calf forces us to appreciate

Rabbeinu Bachye explicitly writes that had the Jews not sinned with the golden calf, we would have reached humanity’s perfection.

What the golden calf forces us to appreciate

Parshat Yitro:

Maintaining our Identity even in Exile

Moshe understood that there would have been no significance to his being saved from the sword of Pharaoh if he would land up assimilating and losing his connection to the burgeoning religion of his ancestors.

Maintaining our Identity even in Exile

Parshat B'shalach:

The open war with our ancient arch-enemy

In this week's Parshah, the open war with the ancient arch-enemy of the Jewish People, Amaleik, begins

The open war with our ancient arch-enemy