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Terumah: Shalom Aleichem
Shalom Aleichem; peace unto you, is the classic Jewish greeting. It is beautiful, meaningful, and succinct. The classic response, however, is curious. Rather than responding with Shalom Aleichem, we reverse the greeting and say Aleichem SHalom, unto you peace.
Now, Jews like to be contrarian. Next time you are …

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Ki Tisa: Grappling with Evil

March 8, 2009 – 3:10 am | 2 Comments | 1,557 views
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Durban II
The United States has announced that it will not attend the United Nation’s second conference on Anti Racism dubbed Durban II. You might recall that the United States and Israel walked out of the first Anti Racism conference in 2001 when it turned into an evil hate fest of …

Ki Tisa: Food for Thought for your Dinner Table

February 17, 2008 – 5:09 am | 1,359 views
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Sunday: All at Once
Every Jew was required to donate a half shekel, no less and no more, yet the entire half had to be donated at once; intermittent or gradual payments were not accepted. This seems odd. The total sum was not a complete denomination, only a half, yet the …

Ki Tisa: The Anatomy of Fear

March 6, 2007 – 12:38 am | 1,329 views
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Two Fears
In his first inaugural address, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt declared, “We have nothing to fear, but fear itself. “ (1) Contrast that with Moses, who proclaimed, in his final address to the nation, “All G-d your lord desires from you is that you fear him.” (2)

Ki Tisa: The Money Trap

March 13, 2006 – 5:24 am | 1,307 views
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Forgetting G-d
Moses was atop Mount Sinai, but he was slated to return the day before. When he failed to return on the designated day, the people worried that G-d may have taken him. They feared that he might never return and asked Aaron to create a new material G-d. (1)

KI TISA: A True Leader

March 5, 2006 – 3:57 am | One Comment | 1,466 views
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Moses’ Reaction
In this Parsha we read about the golden calf. When he saw the calf, Moses hurled the sacred tablets to the ground and meted out strict punishment to the sinners. Having vented his frustration Moses returned to G-d and pleaded for forgiveness on behalf of the Jewish people.

KI Tisa: Transformation of a Coin

March 5, 2006 – 3:43 am | 1,279 views
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Coins Of Fire
In this week’s Parsha we read that by contributing half-silver coins to the tabernacle’s building fund our ancestors earned atonement for their souls. The Midrash relates that Moshe wondered how atonement could result from simple silver coinage? In response G-d showed Moshe a coin made of fire. How …

KI Tisa: Shabbos and the Jew

March 5, 2006 – 3:29 am | 1,148 views
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Why are the laws of Shabbat overruled when human life is at stake?

Ki Tisa : A Golden Intermediary

February 20, 2005 – 9:47 pm | 1,371 views

The Dilemma 
It was a tense moment. Moses had climbed mount Sinai and had promised to return in forty days. It was now the fortieth day and there was no sign of his return. The people had been skeptical about his survival on the mountain with no food or water …