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D’VAR TORAH: EIKEV

Like the greatest music… Musicians are luckier than Rabbis That was a point of view presented to me in a conversation I recently had with an international recording artist who has had hits right around the world. “You see”, he

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Va’etchanan

D’var Torah: How can we successfully pass on our Judaism through to the generations to come? In Parashat Ve’etchanan, the Torah presents us with the first paragraph of the Shema. In it we have the crucially important mitzvah ושננתם לבניך

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What is the greatest blessing ever given to the Jewish people?

In Parshat Devarim, there is a Bracha by Moshe Rabenu which I believe would certainly qualify to be on a shortlist for such an accolade. Just ֹprior to his death, Moshe said י ֵסף ה׳ ֱאלֹקי ֲא ֽבוֹ ֵת ֶכם

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Parshat Matot & Massei

Which legendary person’s Yartzeit will be commemorated on Wednesday next week? In Parshat Chukat, details are provided of the sad passing of Aharon HaCohen – Aharon the High Priest. But unusually, there is no date given for his death. In

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DVAR TORAH PARSHAT CHUKAT

Some of the greatest blessings are wrapped up in a curse An example of this can be found in Parshat Chukat. The Torah tells us how Hashem had sent a plague of fiery serpents among the people. The nation called

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How would you define a kosher argument?

Dvar Torah Parshat Korach The Mishna helps us. In Pirkei Avot – the Ethics of the Fathers – we are introduced to the concept of a ‘machloket l’shem shamayim – an argument for the sake of heaven. An example is given:

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Dvar Torah Parshat Shelach Lecha

When did an entire nation suffer from low self-esteem? Parshat Shelach-Lecha tells us how the meraglim, the 12 spies, returned from the land of Cana’an. Ten of them delivered a highly irresponsible and misleading report to the nation. They told

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D’VAR TORAH: BEHA’ALOTECHA

How do we know that every single one of us can feel our own special connection to the Torah? Parshat Behaalotecha tells us: ַוֲא֨רוֹן ְּבִרית־ְּיהָ֜וה ֹנֵֵ֣סַע ִלְּפֵניֶ֗הם “the ark of the covenant of Hashem travelled ahead of the nation”. From

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D’VAR TORAH: NASSO

What does the Torah say about good parenting? The term Nasso, which is the title of this week’s Parsha, has three separate meanings. Nasso means to count. It also means to carry and Nasso means to raise or elevate. I

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