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Great expectations - great disappointments - and great return

We disappointed Hashem from the Exodus until today, not living up to expectations, but we have also proven that we want to be bonded to Him.

Great expectations - great disappointments - and great return

Summing up forty years

Moshe communicates a message to the generation in the desert and about to enter an unknown land, and he resonates on for eternity.

Summing up forty years

Chukat [Diaspora]: Why Moshe struck the rock not once, but twice

There are levels of dedication to Am Yisrael that only Moshe reached. His hitting the rock, say these commentators, is an example.

Chukat {Diaspora}: Why Moshe struck the rock not once, but twice

Three leadership styles and three different emphases

38 years passed between last week's Parsha and this one. Not only did the whole nation die, all three of its leaders pass away.:

Three leadership styles and three different emphases

Covenant & Conversation for Chukat: Anger Management

Maimonides sets out a surprisingly contemporary account of Judaism as a training in emotional intelligence. Moses' anger as an example.

Covenant & Conversation for Chukat: Anger Management

The leaders' silence and its punishment

The silence of the elders of Israel widened the breach in the people’s trust in Moses and Aaron, leading to the sin of the Spies.

The leaders' silence and its punishment

Moses, the humblest person on earth

What is the real meaning of humility? Is it self-deprecation or something very different?

Moses, the humblest person on earth

Parent Principles: An introduction

Moses received the Torah from Sinai, and gave it to Joshua, and Joshua to the elders, and the elders to the prophets.

Parent Principles: An introduction

The great leveller: War - and Tehillim

It is said that war is a great leveller: on the battlefield, rich and poor are equally killed. For Jews, it is serving G-d and prayer.

The great leveller: War - and Tehillim

Does it affect you?

"And the people left from Moses' presence" - what does this intend to tell us?

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Weekly Torah Study, KI Tisa: How did Moshe fast for 40 days?

Moses neither ate nor drank for 40 days and nights. That seems a stretch. Can man overcome physical needs?

Weekly Torah Study, KI Tisa: How did Moshe fast for 40 days?

Birth and rebirth in the Book of Shmot

Paralleling our national birth and rebirth is the birth and rebirth of Moses.

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'Come to Pharaoh for I have hardened his heart'

The Beit Halevi, the Yismach Moshe, the Dubner Maggid and Rav Moishe Mendel of Vilan grapple with the reason G-d hardened Pharaoh's heart.

'Come to Pharaoh for I have hardened his heart'

The Levi Factor: Triumph over Pharaoh

Did Moshe know Pharaoh from his childhood?

The Levi Factor: Triumph over Pharaoh

Moshe Rabbeinu was only human, just like you and me

This statement is not meant to lower our esteem for Moses, but to raise hopes for ourselves.

 Moshe Rabbeinu was only human, just like you and me

Can we handle big change?

In the Torah portion of Vaeira - Moses notifies Pharaoh that the Jewish people need to leave Egypt for 3 days to serve God.

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When Hashem spoke harshly to Moshe

Hashem laments the departure of the Avot, rebuking Moshe for his words.

When Hashem spoke harshly to Moshe

Entering Eternity

The Name told to Moses to describe Hashem is cryptic, implies the unknown, the Unknowable and the Eternal, God's Name of the future.

Entering Eternity

The hidden Moshe Rabbeinu personality

In every generation, the holy Shechinah (Divine Presence) seeks out individuals who are like Moshe Rabbeinu,,

The hidden Moshe Rabbeinu personality

Aaron, the High Priest|: A new creation

All the brothers in the book of Breishit vied with one another. What about Aaron and Moshe?

Aaron, the High Priest|: A new creation

Ephraim first

Who should our children learn about first, Moses or Shakespeare, the bible or art, Talmud or science?

Ephraim first

There is a difference in sanctity West and East of the Jordan River

Young religious Zionist Torah scholars write weekly on Eretz Yisrael: Why Moshe wanted to cross the Jordan when the east bank was also ours.

There is a difference in sanctity West and East of the Jordan

Va'etchanan: Climate Change and Moshe Rabbeinu

A very current message about climate change can be derived from the actions of Moshe Rabbeinu.

Va'etchanan: Climate Change and Moshe Rabbeinu

Miriam, Moses’ friend

Some say that the loss of a sibling is harder to bear than the loss of a parent - Moses has to deal with that bereavement in this parasha.

Miriam, Moses’ friend

Servant leadership

What was wrong with Korach and his fellow agitators? He wanted power. HIs followers each had their reasons to feel resentful toward Moses.

Servant leadership

Sprints and Marathons: Acharei Mot–Kedoshim 5781

The good news is: there once was a Moses. Because of him, the people survived. The bad news is: what happens when there is no Moses?

Sprints and Marathons: Acharei Mot–Kedoshim 5781

Overcoming setbacks

There are heights you cannot climb without first having fallen. Moses shows us the need to try and try again.

Overcoming setbacks

Weekly Torah Study:Stopping to look at G-d's glory

Do we take the time to look at the beauty around us? Moses did.

Weekly Torah Study:Stopping to look at G-d's glory

Jewish life is not for the faint hearted

Moshe is the most humble and modest of all human-beings, but he is not allowed to be humble and self-effacing when meeting Pharaoh.

Jewish life is not for the faint hearted

On Moses and violence in the Torah

Speaking out when your opinion may make you unpopular is a good thing. More rabbis in America should be speaking out today for justice.

On Moses and violence in the Torah

Moshe – traitor or hero?

He had nothing to gain and everything to lose by turning on his benefactors, but he chose to be a hero of the Jewish people.

Moshe – traitor or hero?

Moses left Pharaoh's palace - and grew into greatness

Rav Ahron  Kotler says:’He ‘felt’ their suffering, as if it was his own."

Moses left Pharaoh's palace - and grew into greatness

From Moshe to Moshe. Praying for leadership, by Rav Yehuda Henkin z"l

Today's leaders are not chosen directly by G-d, nor for their Torah scholarship, so as we face new elections, heavenly help is needed..

From Moshe to Moshe. Pray for leadership, by Rav Yehuda Henkin

Loneliness and Faith

When we are alone, He is with us. Great heroes of the human spirit met God in the silence of the lonely soul and felt His embrace.

Loneliness and Faith

Abraham, Moses, David might get cut from AP World History

College Board proposes controversial change to AP World History curriculum: start at the year 1450, not the dawn of civilization.

Abraham, Moses, David might get cut from AP World History

Vayikra: Calling out

Heaven speaks to us in a small, still voice, in the sound of our parents’ and ancestors’ voices, in the intimacy of family and purpose.

Vayikra: Calling out

Too Late for Moses: New App for Stutterers

Haifa-based startup has picked up a handful of innovation awards and has sparked interest from around the globe.

Too Late for Moses: New Israeli App for Stutterers

UAE Bans Film for 'Religious, Historical Mistakes'

Exodus: Gods and Kings banned in UAE for depicting God, portraying Moses as a 'preacher of peace' instead of a prophet.

UAE Bans Film on Exodus for 'Religious and Historical Mistakes'

Lieberman: Moses Brought us Here, We won't Budge

Yisrael Beytenu head delivers motivational Rosh Hashana message to faction members.

Lieberman: Moses Brought us Here, We won't Budge

Weekly Torah Portion: a Woman's Wisdom

Rabbi Mordechai Hecht of Kew Gardens Chabad tells the story of the wife of On Ben Pelet.

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