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“Shortness of Breath” TAGS: | | | VaEira 5770 Hashem commands Moshe to tell B’nai Yisrael of their upcoming redemption, despite knowing that His words would be disregarded by them – “but they did not hearken to …Continue reading →

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The Meaning of Lice TAGS: | | | One day a group of scientists got together and decided that man had come a long way and no longer needed God. So they picked one scientist to go and …Continue reading →

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“…he will rejoice in his heart.” TAGS: | | | | | Shemos 5770 Hashem tells Moshe that his older brother Aharon will serve as his spokesperson, and He further comments to him that when Aharon “sees you he will rejoice in …Continue reading →

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Justifications TAGS: | | | When Paroah notices how numerous B’nai Yisrael became in Egypt, he enslaves them, saying to his people “הָבָה נִתְחַכְּמָה לוֹ,” “Let us deal wisely with him.” The Gemara (Sotah 11a) …Continue reading →

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Becoming a Nation TAGS: | | | | There is a book called The Fugu Plan, which tells the story of a Japanese plot to encourage Jews to move to Japan following World War II. The Japanese leadership …Continue reading →

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Moshe’s Judgment TAGS: | | | | וַיִּפֶן כֹּה וָכֹה, וַיַּרְא כִּי אֵין אִישׁ; וַיַּךְ, אֶת-הַמִּצְרִי, וַיִּטְמְנֵהוּ, בַּחוֹל “And he turned, this way and that and he saw that there was no person. He struck the Egyptian …Continue reading →

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The Power of Names TAGS: | | | | | | | This week’s Dvar Torah is dedicated for a Refuah Sheleima for Sarah Freida bat Shoshana. הַמַּלְאָךְ הַגֹּאֵל אֹתִי מִכָּל-רָע, יְבָרֵךְ אֶת-הַנְּעָרִים, וְיִקָּרֵא בָהֶם שְׁמִי, וְשֵׁם אֲבֹתַי אַבְרָהָם וְיִצְחָק; וְיִדְגּוּ לָרֹב, …Continue reading →

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“The humble will inherit the Earth” TAGS: | | | | | | VaYechi 5770 Yaakov Avinu gave priority in his blessing of Yosef’s sons to the younger of the two, Efraim. The Ba’al HaTurim finds a hint in the Torah’s description of …Continue reading →

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Care for the the victimizer? TAGS: | | | | | | | | Parshat VaYigash serves as the climax of the last few weeks of parshiot, wherein Yosef is finally reunited with his brothers and with Yaakov 22 years after being sold away …Continue reading →

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Is Rashi Bothered by Bowing? TAGS: | | | | | | One of the famous stories of Channukah is that of Channah, who instructed her seven sons to be killed rather than bow down to Antiochus. Jews, even now, often have a very strong aversion to bowing, and are often perturbed when visiting countries in the Far East, or participating in martial arts, where bowing is used as a formal greeting.

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