Category: 5785

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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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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This Is!

In our portion the Torah provides us with identifiable Kashruth signs for animals we are permitted to eat. Animals must have both true cloven hooves and ruminate their food. Fish must have both fins and scales. The Torah names each of the 28 species of fowl that are not kosher. When our leader Moshe was …

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It Spreads!

Our entire Parsha speaks of various sacrificial offerings that were performed in the Temple. Although we have not merited the rebuilding of our Temple to personally experience and witness the awe-inspiring service of the Temple, there are many lessons that are derived from the procedures and happenings of the Temple that inject insight and inspiration …

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Testimonial!

This Shabbos is called Shabbos Zachor. It gets its title from the Mitzvah that we fulfill by reading the portion of the Torah that tells us to Zachor – remember – the nation of Amalek, who hated G-d and the Jewish nation, and attacked us shortly after we were miraculously freed from Egypt. Every year …

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Under Scrutiny!

After the Jews sinned with the golden calf they were commanded to construct a Temple for G-d. It took only two days for them to contribute the large amounts of gold, silver, copper, precious stones and other necessary materials! So great was the desire of the Jews to restore G-d’s presence amongst them. Betzalel and …

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Unflinching!

After a traditional Jewish wedding, the celebration continues for the next seven days. For the next six nights family or friends host beautiful Sheva Brochos meals. Sheva Brochos means seven blessings because seven blessings are recited after Grace after Meals over a cup of wine in honor of the Choson and Kalah – bride and …

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The 29th!

Our Parsha describes the unsettling incident when a portion of the Jews worshipped the golden calf. This occurred while our leader Moshe was in heaven for 40 days and nights being taught by G-d Himself the entirety of Torah with all its laws and details. Issues began when the Egyptian contingent that joined the Jews …

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