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Shavuot
Amid Israel’s war in Gaza, there is talk of drafting yeshivah students into the army to bolster its ranks. On Shavuot, we celebrate the anniversary of receiving the Torah, so I want to write about the role of Torah in war. The Torah is not just a dusty old book …

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Shoftim: Seeing Another’s Shame

July 31, 2012 – 10:44 pm | Comments Off on Shoftim: Seeing Another’s Shame2,917 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 …

Naso: Transforming The Desert

May 21, 2006 – 3:26 am | Comments Off on Naso: Transforming The Desert2,310 views
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A G-dless Environment
The Temple service, described in our Parsha, was held in an arid and barren locale, the desert. G-d charged our ancestors with a special mission: transform the desert and make it bloom, bloom with the flowering blossoms of spirituality. In our day we have a similar mission: transform …

Pekudei: An Arresting Question

March 13, 2006 – 5:51 am | Comments Off on Pekudei: An Arresting Question2,499 views
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A Final Accounting
The previous three Torah portions dealt with the specifications for building the Tabernacle and its holy vestments. In this portion a very important detail: is contributed – a calculation of the total sum of donations received for the cause.

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