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The Path to Love - Parashat Vaetchanan Blog

The Path to Love – Parashat Vaetchanan

In this week’s parasha, Vaetchanan, Moshe continues with his final words before Am Yisrael.  The tells the story of receiving the Torah, proclaims the Ten Commandments, and teaches them the chapter of “Shma Yisrael”, Hear O Israel, which is written in teffilin and mezuzot, and had been recited by Am Yisrael daily – morning and … Continue reading The Path to Love – Parashat Vaetchanan

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Words Spoken from the Heart Parashat Dvarim

Words Spoken from the Heart – Parashat Dvarim

This week, we begin reading from the book of Dvarim, Hebrew for “words”. The book, as its name suggests, deals almost entirely with the speech given by Moshe to Am Yisrael before the nation entered the Land of Israel. Moshe reviews the journey through the desert, raises lessons learned, encourages and admonishes, screams and whispers, … Continue reading Words Spoken from the Heart – Parashat Dvarim

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Choosing Not to Choose – Parashat Matot

Choosing Not to Choose – Parashat Matot

As human beings, one of our moral obligations is to stand by our word. In the eyes of Judaism, man’s speech is considered something “sacred”. Therefore, the non-fulfillment of an oath is considered “desecration”, as it says in this week’s parasha – Matot: If a man makes a vow to the Lord or makes an … Continue reading Choosing Not to Choose – Parashat Matot

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When is War Justified Parashat Pinchas

When is War Justified? Parashat Pinchas

In last week’s parasha, we read about the fervent attempts by the nations of Moav and Midyan to harm Am Yisrael.  The Moabites feared the Israelites; power and understood that they could not them militarily.  They understood that the nation’s power stemmed from its spirituality, and therefore, they sent emissaries to Bilam the “prophet” to … Continue reading When is War Justified? Parashat Pinchas

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Perspective Determines Reality - Parashat Balak

Perspective Determines Reality – Parashat Balak

Most of this week’s parasha, Balak, deals with descriptions of a drama that unfolded regarding the concepts of blessings and curses. Am Yisrael, a wandering nation with no territory or organized economy, defeats powerful kings in battle, Balak, the king of Moav, decides to strike them spiritually by having them cursed.  He sends a dop0lomatic … Continue reading Perspective Determines Reality – Parashat Balak

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The Life and Death of Aharon Hakoken - Parashat Chukat

The Life and Death of Aharon – Parashat Chukat

When we look at three of the five books of the Torah – Shmot, Vayikra, and Bamidbar – we cannot help but notice that Aharon, Moshe’s brother, seems somewhat concealed. Aharon was the Kohen Gadol, the High Priest. He was in charge of all the work of the Temple and was one of the nation’s … Continue reading The Life and Death of Aharon – Parashat Chukat

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