Countering Chaos

The majority of this week's reading is devoted to G-d's warning of severe curses that will come upon the Jewish nation, if it acts with disregard for the laws of the Torah. As these curses come from a loving G-d, they stem from a place of love, and are a warning...
Little Prayers

Little Prayers

The Torah portions this week and next are devoted mostly to the spiritual disease of Tzara'as. Tzara'as is a physical blemish found on the body, clothing, or the walls of the house, that is diagnosed by a member of the Jewish priestly class, a Kohein. It is said to...

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Purim: A Celebration for Uncertain Times

Purim: A Celebration for Uncertain Times

Is it just me, or does the world seem to become more volatile every day? We used to say that last year, we could never imagine where we would be today. Now we say the same thing about last week. The renowned Rabbi Berel Wein, who I was privileged to have as a teacher...

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What Ukrainian Victims Can Teach Us About Happiness

What Ukrainian Victims Can Teach Us About Happiness

This week we welcome in the Jewish month of Adar—in actuality, Adar II, as a leap year on the Jewish calendar involves a full extra month, to keep the holidays in their seasons on the solar calendar while marking months by the cycle of the moon. The Talmud says, "When...

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Driving Skills

Driving Skills

The Mishkan (Tabernacle) was like a movable forerunner of the Holy Temple. As the Jewish People traveled through the desert for forty years, they assembled it at each of their encampments, and took it down when it was time to move on. But despite its portability, the...

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Fit for an Audience with the King

Fit for an Audience with the King

After Moshe (Moses) witnessed the sin of the golden calf, and he delivered the justice and retribution due to those who sinned, he then went back and ascended Mount Sinai once again, to appeal to G-d for forgiveness on behalf of the Jewish nation. He said what appears...

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Growth in Vestments

Growth in Vestments

The first half of this week's Torah portion is devoted to the details of the vestments worn by the Kohen Gadol (High Priest) while serving in the Mishkan (Tabernacle) in the Desert, and eventually in the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. Each of the eight articles of clothing...

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