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The dreidel for Chanukah and the gragger (Ra’ashan) for Purim have the exact same structure, have you ever noticed? Both have a round bulb from which a stem protrudes. The difference is that the dreidel’s stem protrudes from the top of the dreidel and points upward, the gragger’s stem protrudes …

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B’midbar: Food for Thought for Your Dinner Table

May 25, 2008 – 3:19 am | 1,765 views
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 Sunday: Exalted Names
In the first census of the Jewish nation each family was identified by name, “By the count of their names.” In the second census the tribes were identified, but the families were not. The first census occurred shortly after the Exodus and the generation that left Egypt was …

Bechukotai: Food For Thought for your Dinner Table

May 16, 2008 – 6:14 pm | 1,892 views
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Sunday: In the Right Time
If we follow His commandments G-d promises to make the rain fall in its time. Rashi explains that the right time for rain is on Shabbat. The Talmud relates that on the road, Rabbi Chanina Ben Dosa would pray for clear weather and upon returning home …

Behar: Food for Thought for your Dinner Table

May 11, 2008 – 4:02 am | One Comment | 2,054 views
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Sunday: Three-Fifty-Four
Why are we obligated to let our fields lie fallow once every seven years? Rabbi Yonasan Eibshitz offered the following explanation. There are fifty-two Shabbats in a year, amounting to 312 Shabbats over the course of six years. Seven annual Biblical holidays, the first and last of Pesach, the …

Mitzorah: Food for Thought for your Dinner Table

April 6, 2008 – 4:21 am | 1,867 views
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Sunday: Sequence of Portions
The Torah portion we read last week dealt with the affliction of Tzaraas, its symptoms and treatment. The Torah portion we read this week deals with the process that renders a past Metzorah ritually pure. Allegorically these two portions can be viewed as metaphors for the Jewish …

Shemini: Food for Thought for your Dinner Table

March 26, 2008 – 2:42 am | 1,726 views
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Sunday: A Transcending Number
Why was the first day of service in the Tabernacle referred to as the eighth? It was preceded by seven days of training, but it was still just the first day of actual service. The number eight represents transcendence. Seven is the number of days in the …

Tzav: Food for Thought For Your Dinner Table

March 16, 2008 – 1:55 am | 1,867 views
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Sunday: Virtual sacrifice
“This is the Torah of the burned offering; this is the burned offering upon the flames upon the altar, all night till the morning.” 
The fact that this verse begins with “This is the Torah of the burned offering,” teaches that our Torah studies about a burned offering are …

Vayikra: Food for Thought for your Dinner Table

March 9, 2008 – 6:07 am | 1,706 views
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Sunday: It’s up to you
Our Torah portion delineates the laws of the sacrificial rite. The introductory verse reads, “A man who will bring a Karban (offering) to G-d from among you.” The syntax in this verse is curious. It should have read, “A man from among you, who will bring …

Pekudei: Food for Thought for your Dinner Table

March 3, 2008 – 4:00 am | 2,109 views
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Sunday: The Famous Silver
Moses gave a full accounting for every ounce of copper and silver that was donated to the building of the Tabernacle. One Kikar (a measurement of Biblical origin) of silver was used to pour the foundations for the walls The thousand and the seven hundred and seventy-five …