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Tetzveh: Good to the Last Drop

February 17, 2018 – 10:59 pm | 57 views

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 …

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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 additional cherubs, which stood upright on the floor. They flanked the ark on the north and south ends, standing five cubits from the ark. Their wings expanded from their bodies to the north and south. Since each wing spaned  five cubits, the combined wingspan of the two cherubs covered the full twenty-cubit breadth of the room.

The Talmudic sages asked a simple question. If the combined wingspan covered the entire breadth of the room, there would have been no space left for the bodies of the cherubs. How did the cherubs fit into the room? The Talmud thus concluded that they could only fit by miracle. This was one of the examples of G-d fitting something into a space that was too small for it. However, several sages disagreed and offered simpler solutions. Read the full story »

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, …

Yitro: The Truth Lover

January 27, 2018 – 11:44 pm |
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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 |
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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 |
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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. …

Vaeira: Doing Our Best

January 6, 2018 – 9:02 pm |
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Children And Adults
The roaring twenties were not so roaring for the Jewish community of Poland. The Lubavitcher Rebbe’s trusted disciple, Rabbi Yechezkel (Chatshe) Fegin administered the Chabad network of Jewish schools in the region, but there was always a lack of funding. One day, Rabbi Fegin informed the Rebbe that …

Shemos: Jewish Pride

December 30, 2017 – 9:41 pm |
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Our sages taught that when Jews were enslaved in Egypt, the tribe of Levi, remained free.[1] I asked my children to tell me why the tribe of Levi was given a pass from bondage and they supplied the very answers offered by our greatest luminaries. My older daughter explained that …

Rubashkin: Time to Forgive

December 26, 2017 – 11:03 pm | One Comment | 
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The old conversation has reared its head again. When Shalom Mordechai Rubashkin was first charged with employing illegal and underage workers and with operating an unsafe work environment, I argued that we must give a fellow Jew the benefit of the doubt and assume innocence until proven guilty. When the …

Rubashkin: Celebrating the Release of a Convicted Felon?

December 23, 2017 – 11:03 pm |
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Eight years ago, Rabbi Shalom Mordechai Rubashkin was convicted on multiple charges of bank fraud, and sentenced to twenty-seven year in prison plus a restitution fine of 31 million dollars. Last Wednesday, the last day of Chanukah, 2017, Rubashkin’s sentence was commuted by President Donald Trump and the Jewish community …