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Tzav: Smoking Hot

March 17, 2018 – 11:31 pm | 14 views

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 …

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Vayikra: Coming to Shull

March 14, 2018 – 9:58 am |

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 one is needed for a minyan. Others wonder about the value in maintaining a synagogue when people don’t want to attend and attend only out of obligation. Is there any value to such attendance?

The nice thing about Judaism is that we don’t need to reinvent the wheel. The problems we deal with today, were solved in the past. The questions we ask today, were answered in previous generations. This question is no different. It has already been answered. Read the full story »

Vayakhel Pekudei: Playing Host to G-d

March 3, 2018 – 9:29 pm | One Comment | 

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 |

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 | 

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 |

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 |

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, …

Yitro: The Truth Lover

January 27, 2018 – 11:44 pm |

Nothing, But the Truth
Have you ever noticed that there is an entire portion in the Torah named after a proselyte? And not just any portion, but the portion that describes the Ten Commandments. Why was this portion named after Jethro, a proselyte?
Our sages explained that this was a tribute to …

Beshalach: Why, From A Distance?

January 20, 2018 – 10:46 pm |

Distance makes the heart grow fonder. Or at least that is what people say. Distance is also a nuisance in a relationship. While couples who live together, stay together, couples who live apart come apart. So, there is a benefit to each. When you see one another every day, you …

Bo: Enter the Exodus Mindset

January 13, 2018 – 10:39 pm |

Names are instructive, they tell us a lot about the things that they describe. When Jewish custom and history settles on a name for a Torah portion, the name bears a connection to the general theme of the portion. The name of this portion is Bo, which means to enter. …