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Tazria Mezora: Judging from Past Behavior

April 15, 2018 – 12:09 am | 61 views

Past behavior is often a harbinger of the future, but to judge fairly we must consider the very latest episode of the past behavior. I was once at a wedding, where the groom’s elderly venerated teacher danced with vigor and joy, and his many students, their eyes sparkling with admiration …

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Shemini: What Is Impurity

April 12, 2018 – 9:48 pm |
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Why does one who eats non-kosher food become impure? What does impurity even mean?

Hebrew is a delightful language and if we pay attention to the words we can often gain insight into the meaning. The Hebrew word for impure is ta’me. The word is comprised of three letters, a taf, a mem and an alef. If we break the word down into two, it spells the words, tam alef.

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Passover: No Salt Rule

March 25, 2018 – 12:23 am |
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Matzah has a no salt rule. It is made of flour and water. Nothing else. No liquids, no spices, not even salt. This is because the Matzah that we eat at the seder represents the poor person’s bread and the poor can’t afford to add flavor to their bread. The …

Tzav: Smoking Hot

March 17, 2018 – 11:31 pm |
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Smoke and FireThe temperature in the Temple was smoking hot. One can only imagine that the summer months in Jerusalem were hot enough as it was. Add to that the myriads of people that filled the temple on a given day, and the many fires atop the altar, and you …

Vayikra: Coming to Shull

March 14, 2018 – 9:58 am |
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When you live in a small Jewish community, you often need to recruit people to attend services at the synagogue just to ensure that you have a Minyan (quorum of ten men for prayer). Many grow frustrated with the process and wonder what value there is in attending only because …

Vayakhel Pekudei: Playing Host to G-d

March 3, 2018 – 9:29 pm | One Comment | 
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A Wise Host
The host of the party was worried that there were too many people and not enough refreshments. He was sure that not everyone had been invited, but he had to identify the crashers. So, he called for silence and asked, “Will those from the bride’s side of the …

Purim: The Nature of Miracles

February 24, 2018 – 10:52 pm |
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Haman wasn’t the first villain in his family. He came from an illustrious line of Jew haters. He was a descendant of the infamous Amalek, the first to advise Pharaoh to enslave us and the first to make war against us after the exodus.
The Torah describes the dramatic war that …

Tetzveh: Good to the Last Drop

February 17, 2018 – 10:59 pm | One Comment | 
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Are you a first drop or a last drop kind of person? When you squeeze an olive, the first drop is the purest, the last drop is extracted from the dregs. A first drop kind of person, is a perfectionist; one who strives for purity and the best in all …

Terumah: Marriage Tips

February 13, 2018 – 6:10 pm |
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The Cherubs
Perched atop the Holy Ark that Moses built, were two golden cherubs that faced each other with their wings extended forward to meet at the center of the ark.[1] When King Solomon built the Temple, he made the Holy of holies twenty cubits in breadth. He then fashioned two …

Mishpatim: Sift and Sort

February 4, 2018 – 2:27 pm |
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The Torah portion that follows the awe-inspiring story of Mount Sinai, presents formulaic monetary laws and laws of personal injury. Why should the resolution of petty squabbles be the first subject to follow the Sinai event, which surely placed our ancestors on a higher plane? Many answers have been offered, …