Dovid Saks

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Second Chance!

In this week’s Parsha the Torah details a few complaints that broke out while the Jews were traveling in the desert. The first came from a group who approached our leader Moshe with sincerity – they had come in contact with a corpse while burying the dead, a condition that precluded them from participation in …

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King David!

We will be celebrating the Holiday of Shavuos this coming Wednesday and Thursday. The focal point of the Holiday is that it is the time when G-d proclaimed the Ten Commandments and the entire Jewish people accepted the Torah. Fittingly, we refer to Shavuos in our prayers as, “the time when our Torah was given” …

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Action!

With this week’s reading of our Parsha, we complete Vayikra/Leviticus, the third book of the Torah. Our Parsha begins with an upbeat message that we will receive great rewards and benefits when we follow the dictates of the Torah. The Torah then warns us of calamities that we will endure if we are not faithful …

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Good Morning :)

We are living in an upside-down world, where personal agendas and hatred skew the truth and distort the realities. Jews are and always have been under the relentless watchful eye of society. The slightest alleged misstep is picked up and reported without credible evidence. That’s the way it is, and we deal with it. When …

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Cold Look!

At the conclusion of our Parsha, the Torah speaks of a disturbing incident where a Jew uttered a curse against G-d. What triggered him to do such an abominable thing? Rashi quotes Reb Brachia who says that the one who cursed had an issue with the command in the Torah immediately preceding this incident. The …

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Running Away!

During our recent trip to Israel, while in Shul, I met Mr. Bollag, an elderly man who is blessed with a youthful sprit and melodious voice. Mr. Bollag is from Zurich and I mentioned to him that during WWII my mother’s family left France and relocated to Switzerland, and that in fact my maternal grandmother …

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Unwritten Book!

Our Portion is called Acharei Mos – ‘After the death,’ because it begins after the death of the two sons of Aaron who died during the inauguration service of the Temple. The Torah then details the elaborate service the Kohain Godol (Aaron) was to perform on Yom Kippur. In general, people seek to understand the …

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That’s Amazing!

Each year when we experience our Seders, it is inevitable that our minds shift into a reflective mode of Seders of years gone by; who was in attendance, how it was conducted, what was served, which tunes were sung and which insights were shared. My Father o.b.m. ran a majestic Seder and we follow his …

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Accuracy!

This past summer we were at an ice cream shop with our grandchildren, and I asked my unbashful grandson Moshe if he would sing us a song. He got up on his chair and began singing loudly, “Pharoh in pajamas in the middle of the night.” As he was belting this out, we were further …

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Completely Covered!

The majority of our Parsha speaks of a spiritually impure blotch called Tzoraas. This blotch is similar to a physical malady and the only ones authorized to determine the nature of these blemishes are the Kohanim ―priests. At times, even after a Kohain examined the blemish it remained unclear if it was the spiritual malady, …

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