Recognition and reconciliation. These two words are the key to parashat Vayigash and the key to the unity of Israel. We are all individuals and each one of us marches to a different drum, but it is the recognition of one another’s worth that is the glue that binds Israel together. Together as one, the […]
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(by: Rabbi David Fohrman) Why do the laws from the rabbis end up looking so different than Biblical laws? And even more so – what does law have to do with God and spirituality? What is the point of the legalism inherent in our religion? In this video, Rabbi Fohrman argues that thought without action […]
Read some astonishing hints to Oral Torah – straight from the written text: 1. Deuteronomy 12,21 If the place the Lord, your God, chooses to put His Name there, will be distant from you, you may slaughter of your cattle and of your sheep, which the Lord has given you, as I have commanded you, […]
(from: www.ou.org) The fourth book of the Torah in Hebrew is called Bamidbar, meaning, “in the desert”. In English however it is called “Numbers”, which as we shall see is a serious misnomer. On memorial days in Israel, whether for victims of the Holocaust or for soldiers who have fallen is Israel’s wars, one often […]
Chaim Kramer discusses the weekly Torah portion, Parshat Shelach, and explains how lashon hara, negative talk, slander against other people and the spies complaints and bad reports against the Land of Israel, sowed destruction, and gives examples relevant today, especially the news media.
Meir Elkabas discusses this week’s Torah portion, Parshat Shelach. Reb Meir explains the holiness of the Land of Israel, and how a Jew should strive to truly come to the Holy Land, live as Jew, and become a part of the land.
This week, we read about the tragic sin of the spies. It’s a very frustrating story. Every time we read it, just as the spies are about to give their report, we want to scream out, “NO – DON’T DO IT!” How could they have doubted God? How could they have sinned so egregiously? (Aleph […]
Who would write such negative, detrimental, and destructive descriptions of the Jewish people? (from aish.com) The authorship of the Torah has one of two possibilities: either God wrote it, or a human being wrote it. Let’s take for argument’s sake the side that a human being wrote it. If so, we discover a very strange […]
Chaim Kramer discusses the weekly Torah portion, Parshat Chukat. We learn that the ashes of the parah adama (the red heifer) make the pure impure and the impure pure, a concept that Rebbe Nachman explains in Likutey Moharan 55. The discussion continues with the story of Moshe Rabbeinu striking the rock; Moshe coming to the […]
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