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Opportunity is Calling!

At the conclusion of Shabbos, we recite the blessing of Havdalla, which means separation. Within the blessing we mention various separations that G-d created; between holy and secular, between light and darkness, between Israel and the nations; between the seventh day and the six days of labor. Rabbi Zalman Sorotzkin o.b.m. points out something attention-grabbing. …

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Perception!

This Torah portion speaks of the final three plagues that G-d brought upon the Egyptians which finally freed the Jews from Egypt. A common thread in these three plagues is that they all had an element of darkness in them. The Torah tells us that the dense swarm of locust darkened the land of Egypt. …

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Wealth!

G-d created within us a Yetzer Harah – our evil inclination – that works tirelessly to stir up our inner passion and wild side. It encourages us to have a rebellious and anti-establishment attitude, to become naysayers and doubters, and for us to loathe religion and break rules. G-d placed the evil inclination within us …

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Take Notice!

  Darkness, the ninth plague that G-d sent upon the Egyptians was different from all the other plagues insofar as there was nothing that was created differently or altered – darkness just descended. The Medrash gives us two reasons why G-d brought the plague of darkness upon the Egyptians. 1) There were Jews in Egypt …

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Answers to Some Whys

(Torah Portion Bo) Answers to Some Whys Has it ever bothered you, why the Jews deserved to suffer so many years of slavery in Egypt? The Torah relates that when G-d told our forefather Avraham that his children would inherit the Land of Israel, he asked G-d for a sign of confirmation. Immediately G-d informed …

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Compensation for All the Hard Work

(Torah Portion Bo) Compensation for All the Hard Work There are two sections in this week’s parsha that contain the commandment to write and wear Tefilin – Phylacteries. These sections are two of the four sections that make up our Tefilin. I recall reading a story of a Jewish teenager living in Communist Russia who …

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Body and Soul

(Torah Portion Bo) Body and Soul Because the Jewish first-born males were spared during the final plague against the Egyptians, G-d commanded that the first issue of a woman’s womb if it is a male is to be sanctified to G-d. The father of this first born male must redeem his son from a Kohain …

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A Black Crown

(Torah Portion Bo) A Black Crown Even before the Jews were redeemed from Egypt, they were introduced to the Mitzvah of Tefilin. The Tefilin contain four portions of the Torah, written on parchment. Two of the Torah portions deal with our Exodus from Egypt through G-d’s Outreached Arm. These portions are placed in two black …

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Extra Benefits!

(Torah Portion Bo) Extra Benefits! In the late sixties and early seventies, New York police officers were under attack by a group named the Black Panthers. In fact, the Panthers were charged with killing two NYC police officers. Steve was a police officer, he was on his beat in the Bronx one Saturday and as …

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Shopping

(Torah Portion Bo) Shopping! Two weeks before the exodus of the Jewish nation from Egypt, G-d spoke to Moshe detailing to him the laws and requirements of the Pascal lamb, how it should be designated, slaughtered, and roasted, and that it was to be eaten at night right before they were redeemed from Egypt. The …

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