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Parashat Nasso – The Mitzva Of Teshuva

וְהִתְוַדּוּ אֶת חַטָּאתָם אֲשֶׁר עָשׂוּ …and they shall confess the sin that they committed   The Torah teaches us about an amazing opportunity Hashem gives us. Though we disrespectfully wronged Him, our Creator and the One who gives us everything we have, he allows...

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Shavuot – A Culmination

Shavuot is a holiday of completion. The completion of seven weeks of counting, with excitement growing by the day until the reception of the Torah. The final seal on our birth as a nation. With so much going on in the slow whirlwind that has become our lives, we...

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Parashat Behar – Bechukotai – Torah Study

אִם בְּחֻקֹּתַי תֵּלֵכוּ וְאֶת מִצְוֺתַי תִּשְׁמְרוּ If you follow My laws and observe My commandments   Rashi points out that the second part of the statement, “observe My commandments” is clearly referring to our obligation to keep the mitzvot. Therefore, he...

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Parashat Emor – To Be A Kiddush Hashem

וְנִקְדַּשְׁתִּי בְּתוֹךְ בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל I shall be sanctified amidst the B’nei Yisrael   History flies by at a dizzying pace. What was the norm at some points in history is extraordinary at others. We are now in a time where for all the distancing that’s...

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Parashat Acharei Mot – Kedoshim – A Guide To Rebuke

...הוֹכֵחַ תּוֹכִיחַ אֶת עֲמִיתֶךָ You shall surely rebuke your fellow…   The Torah here teaches us that we should be ready to rebuke others when necessary. This can be very uncomfortable, but we are nonetheless here to make the world a better place. Seemingly quite...

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Parashat Metzora – Each According To His Ability

…וְאִם דַּל הוּא וְאֵין יָדוֹ מַשֶּׂגֶת But if he is poor and cannot afford [these sacrifices]…   The Asham sacrifice brought by one who had tzara’at had an interesting caveat. If he couldn’t afford the standard animal sacrifice, he was allowed to bring a cheaper one...

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Parashat Tzav – Study Of Korbanot

…זֹאת תּוֹרַת הָעֹלָה הִוא הָעֹלָה This is the law of the Olah (burnt offering), which is the Olah…   The Gemara learns from this passuk that studying the laws of different sacrifices can take the place of the sacrifices themselves. The “law of the Olah” is “the...

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Parashat Vayikra – The Study Of Torah

וַיִּקְרָא אֶל מֹשֶׁה וַיְדַבֵּר ה’ אֵלָיו מֵאֹהֶל מוֹעֵד לֵאמֹר And He called to Moshe, and Hashem spoke to him from the Ohel Mo’ed saying…   Hashem would “call to Moshe” to relate more parts to the Torah via prophecy. Rashi comments that Hashem “called to Moshe” for...

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Parashat Vayakhel – Pekudei – Something To Think About

Corona. It used to be a beer. Probably evoking either thoughts of merriment or of bad tastes. Now, people shudder when they hear it. Who? Have I been in contact with them? Do I need to quarantine? What about getting tested? The world changed. In a short period of...

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Parashat Ki Tisa – The Rest Of Them

In the spirit of the current environmental winds sweeping our state (i.e. plastic bag ban), I have decided that due a time crunch we will recycle a Dvar Torah from a few years back. Do Not Fear! This Dvar Torah is well worth reading a second time!   וַיַּשְׁכִּימוּ...

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Parashat Tetzaveh – Respect For Torah

  Happy Purim! (Hint: press ctrl+a on a computer or long press on your phone to reveal the Dvar Torah)   וְעָשִׂיתָ בִגְדֵי קֹדֶשׁ לְאַהֲרֹן אָחִיךָ לְכָבוֹד וּלְתִפְאָרֶת You shall make holy garments for your brother Aharon, for honor and glory   Aside from all the...

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Parashat Terumah – A Personal Bet HaMikdash

וְעָשׂוּ לִי מִקְדָּשׁ וְשָׁכַנְתִּי בְּתוֹכָם And they shall make Me a sanctuary and I will dwell among them   I’m sorry. I lied. Reb Chaim Volozhiner writes that the translation should really be “I will dwell within them.” Hashem promises us that if we make...

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Parashat Mishpatim – Torah’s Representatives

…וְאֵלֶּה הַמִּשְׁפָּטִים אֲשֶׁר תָּשִׂים לִפְנֵיהֶם And these are the laws that you shall set before them…   Rashi points out that by beginning with the word “and” we see that this is a continuation of the previous Parashah which ended with the ten commandments and...

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Parashat Yitro – Just Visiting

שֵׁם הָאֶחָד גֵּרְשֹׁם כִּי אָמַר גֵּר הָיִיתִי בְּאֶרֶץ נָכְרִיָּה וְשֵׁם הָאֶחָד אֱלִיעֶזֶר כִּי אֱ-לֹהֵי אָבִי בְּעֶזְרִי וַיַּצִּלֵנִי מֵחֶרֶב פַּרְעֹה [Moshe] named the first one Gershom, for he said “I am a stranger in a foreign land.” The name of the other was...

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Parashat Beshalach – Habit Forming

…אָז יָשִׁיר מֹשֶׁה וּבְנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל Then Moshe and the B’nei Yisrael sang…   When one develops a habit that they don’t like, it can be very difficult to reverse. It becomes second nature to us, and we do it even without thinking. One must try to actively go against...

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