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The Chief Rabbi’s D’var Torah for Sukkot

Abraham was an etrog  This surprising statement is featured in the midrash Torat Kohanim, which declares: “Etrog zeh Avraham Avinu.”  Abraham, our patriarch, was the personification of the characteristics of the etrog – the citron – which is one of

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PARSHAT HA’AZINU

What’s the longest word in the Torah? There is only one ten letter word in the Torah, uvmisharotecha meaning ‘and in your kneading troughs. It’s a description in the book of Shemot of the extent to which the plague of

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Our Covid-19 responsibility this Rosh Hashana

Rosh Hashana is an anniversary. But of what? According to our tradition it was on this day that God created Adam. It was the sixth day of creation. No wonder therefore that our liturgy takes us back to the dawn

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Nitzavim Vayelech

The Lubavitcher Rebbe gave a beautiful explanation. In Parshat Vayelech, which we’ll be reading this coming Shabbat, the Torah presents us with the last of the Mitzvot. Mitzvah number 613 states “וְעַתָּ֗ה כִּתְב֤וּ לָכֶם֙ אֶת־הַשִּׁירָ֣ההַזֹּ֔את וְלַמְּדָ֥הּ אֶת־בְּנֵי־יִשְׂרָאֵ֖ל שִׂימָ֣הּ בְּפִיהֶ֑ם –

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Ki Tavo

Why are stones so important in our tradition? In Chumash, we find numerous examples of the significance of stones. One is in Parshat Ki Tavo. The Israelites were just about to enter into the land of Cana’an, Hashem commanded us

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KI TEITSEI

In Parshat Ki Teitsei, the Torah gives us the mitzvah ִִּֽכי־ ִי ַּ֥קח ִ ִ֖אישׁ ִא ָּׁ֑שה – it is a mitzvah to get married. The Gemara in Mesechet Pesachim, Daf 49a, describes for us a couple well suited to

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Parshat Shoftim

What is the key to continuous good leadership? In Parshat Shoftim, we are told that a king must write a Sefer Torah during the period of his reign. This passage is ְintroduced with the words ו ָה ָיָ֣ה ְכ ִׁש ְב

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D’VAR TORAH: RE’EH

A just society depends on each one of our actions… Do you know another name for Sefer Devarim – the Book of Deuteronomy? It is derived from a word in parashat Re’eh: “Ki ta’ase ha’tov v’hayashar b’einei Hashem Elokeicha –

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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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