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Mattot-Masei: On keeping your promises

Kurt Rothschild was a man of his word. As were the tribes who wished to expand Israel to include land on the eastern bank of the Jordan,

Mattot-Masei: On keeping your promises

Chukat/Balak: The well and the tent

The symbolism of the well in Chukat and the tent of Bilaam's prophecy complement one another in Jewish life.

Chukat/Balak: The well and the tent

Shlach: Blue and White

Science, philosophy, nationbuilding, and commandment orientation are all packed into Shlach Lecha’s mitzva of tzitzit, copied for our flag.

Shlach: Blue and White

Naso: The holiness of the Mishkan

We need to remember that the most consistent dwelling that Hashem has on earth is the camp of Bnei Yisrael, and we must keep it holy.

Naso: The holiness of the Mishkan

Behar-Bechukotai: The Covenant of the Written Law and The Big Picture

The last two parshas teach the Written Law and Rabbi Shlomo haKohen, Rebbe of Radomsk, teaches his hassidim a lesson in faith..

Behar-Bechukotai: The Covenant of the Written Law

Emor + Lag BaOmer

Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai will not give up on anything and it is impossible for him to compromise and wait for things to unfold.

Emor + Lag BaOmer

Kedoshim: Honest competition

The Torah clearly indicates that the ends do not justify the means and that ethical dealings are more important than profits.

Kedoshim: Honest competition

Chametz as a symbol of arrogance

Turning our attention to the deeper and spiritual meaning of removing Chametz. It is not just ridding our homes of Cheerios and breadcrumbs.

Chametz as a symbol of arrogance

Sensitivity of Language and Land

To speak poorly about the Land of Israel is to lose sight of an essential part of what make us special. That, too, is lashon hara.

Sensitivity of Language and Land

Vayikra: The traits of a Shaliach

The attributes of a dedicated Shaliach mirror the message behind one of the offerings in the Temple.

Vayikra: The traits of a Shaliach

Let's get together

Strange that a parasha about the details of building the Tabenacle and the need for keeping Shabbat is called "and he gathered."

Let's get together

Word, letter and stone

Why do we need to enforce the Oral Torah and rely on the validity of the Written Torah? Why isn't it the other way around?

Word, letter and stone

Clothes DO make the man

Do the High Priest's robes have holiness of their own or are they enablers for his holiness?

Clothes DO make the man

Recreating oneself

Strangely, the order of work in building the mishkan is reversed in Vayakhel-Pekudei when compared to Trumah-Tetzave.

Recreating oneself

Raising Cain

A Kabbalistic analysis on the laws of the Cities of Refuge, in which Moshe is the reincarnation of Hevel.

Raising Cain

'When Pharaoh had let the people go” – or did he?

There seems to be a mixed message coming from Pharaoh and the Egyptians about letting the Israelites go.

'When Pharaoh had let the people go” – or did he?

Kidush Hachodesh-Sanctifying the New Month

The Torah was given from heaven, and it is absolute. But as soon as it landed on earth - its molding is in the hands of humans.

Kidush Hachodesh-Sanctifying the New Month

A Zionist paradigm shift

This week's parasha holds the key to understanding practically all of Jewish History in the past 120 years.

A Zionist paradigm shift

The more they were oppressed...

It's a sad fact. The more the Jews suffer the more they will multiply.

The more they were oppressed...

Did Yaakov Avinu die?

Does the location of a person's death impact that person?

Did Yaakov Avinu die?

Yehuda – Responsibility and Redemption

Yehuda had no moral high ground to retreat to. When he looked into his past, all of his accusations boomeranged back at him.

Yehuda – Responsibility and Redemption

To dream like Joseph

When did he turn into a talented leader with the highest managerial ability? Where is Joseph's turning point?

To dream like Joseph

Confronting challenges in empowerment

Yaakov could have chosen to leave this struggle behind and continue with his preparations for Esav.

Confronting challenges in empowerment

Start, continue - and evolve

The "toldot"of the Patriarchs are a lesson in the ways fathers leave an impression on their sons.

Start, continue - and evolve

The chessed of Abraham - the chessed of the Creator

Only the capacity of the receptive vessel limits G-d’s abundance to His creatures..

The chessed of Abraham - the chessed of the Creator

Avraham and Sarah think ahead

Even though one can pray to Hashem for a miracle, it is not proper to do so, as that will detract from one's merits later on in life.

Avraham and Sarah think ahead

What is new 'in the beginning'?

The whole story announces a new event in the world, the moment when the Creator chooses to establish a relationship with humans.

What is new 'in the beginning'?

Moshe Rabbeinu - dead or alive

Did Moshe Rabbeinu transcend death? In this week's parasha, Vezot Habracha, his death is described, but the Talmud says something else.

Moshe Rabbeinu - dead or alive

The Torah - not just another app!

We cannot just lounge around feet up swiping our devices or listening to Torah as we travel to work

The Torah - not just another app!

Halakhic questions arising from the 9\11 tragedies

The Beit Din of America had to deal with the 9\11 tragedy on a personal level, collecting proofs to try to prevent wives from being agunot.

Halakhic questions arising from the 9\11 tragedies

How can we be "Tamim"- wholehearted - with Hashem?

In modern day Hebrew, we say that someone who is Tamim is someone who is naïve. This certainly is not the Torahs` request.

How are we "Tamim"-wholehearted-with Hashem?

The weekly Torah portion as a medium for growth

The Rabbis intended that the structure of each portion be studied to teach a message unto itself.

The weekly Torah portion as a medium for growth

Becoming one with Avodah Zarah

What idols sit on the tables of our homes and in our hearts?

Becoming one with Avodah Zarah

Kiddush in Lebanon

“Lebanon… which you cross there to possess” - Shabbat Nachamu during the 2006 Lebaon War.

Kiddush in Lebanon

Observing the mitzvah of shmitta today with Otzar Beit Din

How to keep the laws of shmitta in the coming year while helping Israeli agriculture.

Observing the mitzvah of shmitta with Otzar Beit Din

Unique and 'regular' everyday – Both powerful

Moshe had saved the nation before with prayer, by reasoning and imploring. Pinchas saved them by acting, violently and definitively.

Unique  and 'regular' everyday – Both powerful

Miracles or mirages?!

Are miracles supernatural events or is their timing the heavenly aspect of natural events?

Miracles or mirages?!

Majestic order and natural bewilderment

This week's Torah portion has two distinct segments, but they are connected by a natural progression of events.

Majestic order and natural bewilderment

Organizing a Nation

Bamidbar's real message is that our self civil rule, the absolute necessary result of our newly found independence, demands structure

The Book of Numbers: Organizing a Nation

Treating the disadvantaged

The commandment “You shall not insult the deaf” is less spoken about than the one that follows it about the blind.

Treating the disadvantaged