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March 2, 2024 – 8:00 pm | Comments Off on If You Have Skills, Use Them16 views

Among the Jews who left Egypt, there were many artisans with special skills. When it was time to build the Tabernacle, they all came forward. The goldsmiths and silversmiths, the weavers and spinners, the builders and carpenters, the blacksmiths and chemists all volunteered their services.
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A Shabbat Fast

July 30, 2022 – 11:52 pm | Comments Off on A Shabbat Fast883 views
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It is forbidden to fast on Shabbat. In fact, if we fast on Shabbat (even with halachic sanction) we must fast on a different day to atone for fasting on Shabbat. This is why the fast of Tishah Be’av—the ninth of Av, is postponed when it falls on Shabbat —as …

Mishpatim: Sift and Sort

February 4, 2018 – 2:27 pm | Comments Off on Mishpatim: Sift and Sort2,411 views
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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, …

Shmini: Bribe Yourself

March 27, 2016 – 12:26 am | Comments Off on Shmini: Bribe Yourself3,024 views
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The Bribe
This scene has probably played out in every family home. You are going to a wedding and don’t want to be late. But your children couldn’t care less and take their merry time getting ready. At your wits end, you do what any desperate parent does; you offer a …

Emor: Shabbos Rest AND Exhilaration

April 21, 2013 – 4:36 am | Comments Off on Emor: Shabbos Rest AND Exhilaration4,029 views
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A Curious Phrase
The lyrics to a popular Jewish children’s song proclaim, “If I would have the might I would run into the night and I would cry SHABBOS, SHABBOS, SHABBOS, SHABBOS.” Shabbos means to rest, but running around and screaming Shabbos doesn’t sound overly restful to me. What is the …

Vayetze: Talking the Talk and Walking the Walk

November 27, 2011 – 4:40 am | Comments Off on Vayetze: Talking the Talk and Walking the Walk2,918 views
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Is Talking Enough?
We live in a world of action. If you want something to be real, you can’t just talk about it, you have to do something about it. Talking about love is not enough. Even if you truly love your words aren’t real until you do something to show …

Mishpatim: Whom do You Serve?

January 23, 2011 – 10:17 pm | Comments Off on Mishpatim: Whom do You Serve?3,921 views
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One and Others
Have you ever noticed that the classic proclamation of Jewish faith, the call Hashem Echad – G-d is one, can be easily mispronounced as hashem Acher – another G-d? Rather than proclaiming our faith in a single – one and only – G-d we can inadvertently slide into …

B’har: The Nature of Shabbos

May 7, 2006 – 3:41 am | Comments Off on B’har: The Nature of Shabbos3,020 views
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Shabbos – The Crown of the Week
“When you come into your land… the earth shall rest a Shabbos for Hashem. For six years you shall sow your land but the seventh year shall be…a Shabbos for Hashem.” (Our Parsha, Leviticus 25, 2-4) This verse begins with a discussion of Shabbos, …

Shabbos: The Theology

November 4, 2005 – 2:01 am | Comments Off on Shabbos: The Theology3,170 views

A Testimony to G-d
The raw elements of the
universe that G-d created are for the most part non-utilitarian. G-d
created man and charged him with the responsibility of reshaping this
nature so that it would better provide for man’s needs.. From the
beginning of time men have struggled to manipulate the forces of
nature.
 
We …