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“Let us make a name for ourselves,” was the motto of the building campaign for the tower of Babel. It was several hundred years after the great biblical flood had laid waste to humanity and the people wanted something grandiose to celebrate. The ten survivors that had emerged from the …

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Chukat: The Nature of a Leader

June 15, 2007 – 11:31 pm | 1,431 views
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Ordinary events are to ordinary people, well, just plain ordinary. The supernatural, now that is extraordinary. Miracle workers are different. To them, the natural is astounding and the supernatural is  routine. How do I know? A miracle worker told me so.

Shavuot : You Can Do It

May 28, 2006 – 4:14 am | 2,788 views
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The Oath
The Jewish nation received the Ten Commandments at Mount Sinai three thousand three hundred and eighteen years ago. Every year, on the anniversary of this date, this biblical episode is commemorated by Jews around the world during a special holiday called Shavuot, which means weeks, thus called because this …

Emor: Demonstrating Confidence

May 11, 2006 – 3:45 pm | 1,606 views
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Fortuitous Beginnings
Our Parsha begins with the many restrictions placed upon Kohanim, the priestly class.

They are forbidden, with rare exceptions, to attend funerals lest they become ritually impure. They are restricted in whom they may marry. They are forbidden to shave or to mutilate themselves. This is because they have an …

Emor: Room for Growth

April 30, 2006 – 5:37 pm | 1,462 views
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The Grizzled Lamb
“A bull, sheep or goat, that is born to you, shall remain under its mother for seven days. From the eighth day onward it is acceptable as an offering to G-d.” Why does the Torah refer to the newborn animals by their mature names instead of the usual …

Shemot: Insecure Aggression

January 9, 2006 – 4:50 pm | 3,796 views
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Egyptian Thorns
In describing the relationship between Jews and Egyptians the Torah says “And they (Egyptians) were as thorns before the children of Israel” (Exodus 1, 12) The Kli Yakar offers two explanations. The first explanation, Egyptians observed the miraculous birth rate of the Jewish people and feared that G-d intended …

Vayera: What’s in a Name?

November 13, 2005 – 2:03 am | 1,427 views
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He Made Me Laugh
When our matriarch Sarah gave birth to her son she was ninety years old. So ecstatic was she at this miraculous birth that she named her child, Yitzchak. Yitzchak means he will laugh and Sarah’s precise words were, “a laughter G-d has made for me, all that …