Crushed for Brilliance

"And you shall command the Children of Israel, and they shall take to you pure olive oil, crushed for lighting, to elevate a light at all times" [Exodus 27:20]. The Torah requires that only the purest form of olive oil be used for lighting the Menorah in the Holy...
All this, and no more

All this, and no more

Rivka told her son Yaakov that he must take food to his father, Yitzchak, and receive the blessings that her husband intended to bestow upon their older son, Esav—but Yaakov was reluctant. If his father realized, he said, "I will have brought upon myself a curse, not...

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When Fear is Required

When Fear is Required

One of the teachings of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov is found in a popular Jewish tune: "All the world is a very narrow bridge, and the main thing is not to be afraid at all." He was speaking about the physical world—because, when it comes to fear of Heaven, just the...

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Abraham “the Hebrew”

Abraham “the Hebrew”

Since the horrific massacres that took place in the Land of Israel earlier this month, students on campus have faced rallies for "Palestine" that quickly devolved into explicit Jew hatred. Earlier this week, so-called protesters discovered that there were Jews...

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The Truly Good, the Mediocre… and the Evil

The Truly Good, the Mediocre… and the Evil

“These are the products [children] of Noach; Noach was a righteous man, pure in his generation, and Noach walked with G-d… And G-d said to Noach, the end of all flesh comes before me, for all the earth is filled with Hamas because of them, and behold, I will destroy...

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The Brotherhood and Depravity of Man

The Brotherhood and Depravity of Man

Two thoughts come to mind from our parsha, the reading this week. First of all, the notion of a “brotherhood of man” comes from our Torah; it is one of its first lessons. Today this is such a common idea that we don’t give it much thought, but in reality it is quite...

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The Luxury of Austerity

The Luxury of Austerity

On the Mitzvah of dwelling in a Sukkah, the Torah says, "In order that your generations will know that I placed the Children of Israel in Sukkos when I brought them out of the Land of Egypt; I am Hashem Your G-d" [Lev. 23:43]. What is the "knowledge" that we gain by...

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