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January 15, 2022 – 7:20 pm | 38 views

When the Jewish people camped at Sinai, the Torah tells us that they were united. Rather than saying that they camped at Mount Sinai, the Torah says, he camped at Mount Sinai.[1] This draws the attention of Rashi, the eleventh century biblical commentator, who observes, “As one people with one …

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Matos Masei: Resisting Peer Pressure

June 30, 2013 – 4:03 am | 4,032 views
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The Dilemma
Resisting peer pressure is a common challenge. It is a mistake to think that this is only a problem for young people; it pervades every segment of society. You might attend a party and experience pressure to drink. You might attend a social evening and encounter pressure to gossip. …

Pinchas: Moses is You

June 25, 2013 – 1:49 pm | 5,460 views
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 The Past
There is a large cemetery in the annals of academia in which the past lies buried. This cemetery takes the form of history books monuments and museums. We visit our past, research and teach it, but we don’t live it. The past is simply, in the past. Judaism is …

Vayikra: The Power to Please

March 10, 2013 – 5:35 am | 1,965 views
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The Sin Offering
The sacrificial offerings in the Temple secured atonement for the inadvertent sins of their bearers. This prompts a question: To bring such offerings is a Divine commandment, how does fulfilling one commandment atone for transgressing another? If your student failed to do his homework but was respectful during …

Vayechi: The Crybaby Generation

December 25, 2012 – 11:00 pm | 3,588 views
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The Natives
In our quest to put an end to bullying we introduced laws that ban abuse and enforce punishment for bullying behavior.  But as is often the case, when we nip and tuck in one area, we cause unintended consequences in another. In this case I feel that we are …

Miketz: Emotional Starvation

December 9, 2012 – 7:10 am | 2,712 views
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The Dream of Panic
Pharaoh dreamed that seven thin, unhealthy cows swallowed seven robust cows, but even after consuming the larger cows whole, the thin cows showed no signs of weight gain. Joseph interpreted the dream as a vision for the future. There would be seven years of plenty, followed by …

Toldot: Stop the Bullying

November 6, 2012 – 8:49 pm | 2,955 views
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Tolerating is Enabling
Do you know anyone who does nothing, but expects the world of everyone else? You know, the manipulative kind who never did a stitch of housework but raises a stink if the house is untidy or who won’t be caught dead in the kitchen, but beware if his …

Shoftim: Seeing Another’s Shame

July 31, 2012 – 10:44 pm | 2,182 views
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Two Witnesses
Torah law requires two witnesses to establish the truth of a crime. No sin is punishable on the testimony of a single witness, who can misinterpret what he saw and cause the sinner to be punished unjustly. The testimony of two witnesses can be corroborated by testing them against …

Re’eh: Animal Rights

July 31, 2012 – 10:31 pm | 2,608 views
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The Golden Mean
The world is full of animal rights activists who stand in the breach and protect our animals. They work to save endangered species and prevent animal abuse.