Strength in Numbers

This Shabbos we will read the first words of Bamidbar, the Book of Numbers. Then, on Sunday night, we will celebrate the holiday of Shavuos, the time of the giving of the Torah. The holiday is called Shavuos in the Torah, literally "weeks," as the Torah commands us to...
Everything According to His Will

Everything According to His Will

The second of our two readings this week is Bechukosai: "If you will go in my decrees, and guard my commandments, and do them" [Lev. 26:3]. A decree is something that government, or in this case HaShem [G-d] in the Torah, tells us to do, which we are unlikely to...

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The Day the Tears Dry

The Day the Tears Dry

The current period on the Jewish calendar, the weeks between Passover and Shavuos, are called the “Y'mei Sefirah,” days of of counting. The Omer, the annual grain offering, was brought on the second day of Passover in the Holy Temple. Starting from that day, the Torah...

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Mitzvah Impossible

Mitzvah Impossible

“Don’t take revenge, don’t bear a grudge, love your friend like yourself, I am G-d. (Lev. 19:18)” These words are among the most well known Commandments in the Torah. Their simplicity and truth have resonated with people for thousands of years. Yet these Mitzvos,...

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The Stain is Noticeable

The Stain is Noticeable

This week's Torah portion describes a person infected with a Negah - a blemish, which might infect his skin, his clothing, or even the walls of his house. So it is immediately obvious that the "infection" the Torah is describing was a spiritual illness, not medical. A...

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Matzah Motivators

Matzah Motivators

Passover preparations are underway, and many households are already cleaning out rooms, looking for Chometz. “Chometz” is any product of wheat, barley, rye, oats or spelt which was allowed to rise, including bread, cookies, cakes & crackers. During the Passover...

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Seeping Cynicism

Seeping Cynicism

As Moshe (Moses) entered the tent of the Tabernacle, he heard someone saying, "Look how fat the son of Amram's neck is!" The implication was that Moshe had become wealthy off the donations made by the Children of Israel. In fact, he heard another respond, "What, the...

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