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Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur is an anniversary; it’s the day on which Moshe came down from Mount Sinai on the second occasion. You’ll recall how, on...

Parashat Ha’azinu

Let’s make 5778 the year of the rope. This coming Shabbat in Parashat Ha’azinu which we will read on Shabbat Shuva, the Torah will declare...

Parshat Nitzavim – Vayelech

Why do Selichot always start on a Saturday night? This coming Motzei Shabbat in Ashkenazi circles we will be commencing our season of Selichot. Until medieval...

Parshat Ki Tavo

There is a punishment for not being happy. It’s in this week’s Parasha of Ki Tavo: the long list of the Klalot, the curses, of...

Parshat Ki Tetze

A teacher’s mistake once caused a national catastrophe. This week’s Parasha of Ki Tetze gives us the Mitzvah, ‘Timche Et Zeicher Amalek Mitachat Hashamayim Lo...

Parashat Re’eh

Is the Torah speaking directly to me? This week’s Parasha commences with the words “Re’eh Anochi Noten Lifneichem Hayom Bracha U’klalah”, “See, (written in the...

Parshat Va’etchanan

The Ten Commandments are made up of five pairs. Usually, when it comes to the Decalogue, which of course, we will be reading this Shabbat...

Tisha B’Av

It is forbidden to study Torah. This is one of the surprising Halachot of the fast day of Tisha B’Av, which we will be...

Parshat Matot-Masei

Rabbi Zecharia ben Avkulas was responsible for the destruction of our Temple. Who was this Rabbi and why was such a suggestion given? During these...

Parshat Pinchas

Why are almonds significant for us? This Shabbat, the first Shabbat of the Three Weeks, we will be reading a Haftorah from the first chapter...

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