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*Parashat Va’etchanan – Thinking of Others* Moshe Rabenu prayed 515 tefillot in order to be allowed into Eretz Yisrael, so strong was his desire to enter the ‘palace of the King’ and to fulfil all the mitzvot that are only applicable there. The question is what about Aharon? He also was not allowed to enter...
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Parashat Devarim -The lesson from Moshe Rabbeinu! In this Parashat, Moshe mentions all the places where “am Israel” had to stop momentarily during their journey through the desert. Why does Moshe Rabbeinu need to remind “am Israel” about those places? Moshe Rabbeinu did not want to hurt their feelings or reproach them. Therefore, he only...
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* Laws of Tisha B’Av that were postponed from Shabbat * Fast begin : (Shabat) 8.14 pm Fast ends; (Sunday) 8.38 pm * This year (Tisha B’Av) – Tisha Be’av falls on Shabbat and the fast is postponed to Sunday. * Shabbat * The rule is that there is no mourning on Shabbat, and therefore...
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Parashat Matot This parshah deals with the sin of a person who makes a neder (vow). The Torah says – לא יחל דברו ככל היוצא מפיו יעשה, He shall not violate his word; whatever comes out of his mouth, he shall fulfill. We need to realize how important it is not to desecrate our speech,...
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Dear Congregants, Parashat Ki Tissa begins with the Misvah upon every Jew age 20 and up to give a half Shekel. We commemorate this with Zecher Lemahasit Hashekel(the commemoration of the half Shekel) that we give before Purim. Rashi in this week’s Parashah states that Hashem showed Moshe a coin of fire who’s weight was a...
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Dear Congregants, Parashat Terumah discusses the construction of the Mishkan. The Parashah begins with the first ever fundraising drive. The Pasuk says “Dabber el Bene Yisrael Veyikhu Li Terumah.” Hashem tells Moshe Rabbenu to speak to the Bene Yisrael and “Take for me a donation”.  The question is asked why didn’t Hashem tell Moshe to tell...
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Dear Congregants, Our Parashah begins with Yitro, the father in law of Moshe Rabbenu, hearing about the great miracles that Hashem performed for Bene Yisrael upon their exodus from Egypt. Yitro then decides to take Moshe’s wife, Sipporah and his 2 children and join Moshe and the Jewish people in the desert. The verse states that Moshe’s eldest child...
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Dear Congregants, Prior to the miracle of the splitting of the Yam Suf, the verse states (Exodus 14-10)”And Pharaoh approached(Hikriv) and the Jewish people lifted their eyes and behold Egypt was traveling after them and they became very frightened and the children of Israel cried out to Hashem.” Rashi is bothered by the Torah’s use...
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Dear Congregants: Our Parashah begins with the historic showdown between Yaakov and Esav. Yaakov is informed that Esav is heading his way with 400 people. The Pasuk says “And Yaakov became very frightened and it distressed him.” Obviously, if he is very frightened then he is distressed; why should the Pasuk mention both words i.e. Frightened...
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Dear Congregants: In this week’s Parashah, we find the riveting story of the two son’s of Yishak, Yaakov and Esav. Early on in the Parashah, Esav sells his birthright to Yaakov. The birthright represented being the sole heir to the mission of Israel including receiving the Torah. The Torah tells us that Yishak’s favorite child was Esav and Rivkah’s...
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