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Posted Wednesday, Jan 19, 2022 1:00:00 PM
לֹ֥א תַחְמֹ֖ד בֵּ֣ית רֵעֶ֑ךָ לֹֽא־תַחְמֹ֞ד אֵ֣שֶׁת רֵעֶ֗ךָ וְעַבְדּ֤וֹ וַאֲמָתוֹ֙ וְשׁוֹר֣וֹ וַחֲמֹר֔וֹ וְכֹ֖ל אֲשֶׁ֥ר לְרֵעֶֽךָ. (שמות כ:יד) You shall not covet your neighbor's house. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife, his manservant, his maidservant, his ox, his donkey, or whatever belongs to your neighbor. (Shemot 20:14) In his book Shalom Rav, Rabbi Shalom Rosner raises a thought provoking question: "How could Hashem command us not to covet, a feeling in our heart that seems impossible to prevent?" With other emotions, for example...
Posted Thursday, Jan 13, 2022 10:00:00 AM
In this week's parasha, Parashat Beshalach, the Jewish people finally fled Egypt, during which Hashem miraculously split the Red Sea. The men and women of בני ישראל sang and danced through the sea, chanting the famous song of אז ישיר, praising and thanking Hashem for the glorious wonders He had performed for them.
Posted Thursday, Dec 16, 2021 11:00:00 AM
This week's parasha, Parashat Vayechi, features the end of the first of the five books of the Torah, Bereishit. Bereishit is filled with the creation of the world, the building blocks of our nation, and lessons that remain relevant for us to this day. The parshiyot of the last few weeks contained a lot of drama...
Posted Thursday, Dec 9, 2021 12:00:00 PM
Imagine that you hear that someone is moving from overseas to your neighborhood. You've been meaning to send them a gift and decide that the perfect moment to send it to them is by airmail...
Posted Thursday, Dec 2, 2021 12:00:00 PM
I'd like to share a thought about the Parashat Hashavua that I heard in a shiur, and a thought about Chanukah from Rabbi Norman Lamm. Parashat Miketz describes the interactions of Yosef with his brothers when they come...
Posted Wednesday, Nov 24, 2021 10:00:00 AM
Yosef may have his "head in the clouds" in this week's parasha, parashat Vayeshev, but as we come to learn about his dreams, we see that having one's head in the clouds is fine, as long as one's feet are planted firmly on the ground. Although Yosef's two dreams might seem at odds with one another (one dream was related to the Heavens...
Posted Thursday, Nov 4, 2021 10:00:00 AM
In this week's Parasha we meet Yakov and Esav for the first time. They are the twin sons of tzadikim - Yitzchak and Rivka; and the grandsons of tzadikim - Avraham and Sarah...
Posted Thursday, Oct 28, 2021 2:00:00 PM
Parashat Chayei Sarah contains two major stories: first, Avraham attempts to buy a small portion of land in which to bury his beloved wife, Sarah. Second, he sends his servant (usually referred to in the midrash as Eliezer) to find a wife for Yitzchak. It is possible to look at these stories as separate, the first completing the lives of Avraham and Sarah, and the second advancing the story of the next generation, namely Yitzchak and Rivka. In fact, these two stories are related. According to Rabbi Jonathan Sacks z"l...
Posted Thursday, Oct 21, 2021 4:00:00 PM
The parshiyot that discuss the avot are filled with fundamental lessons for all of us regarding how we're supposed to live our religious lives, such as the proper form of chessed and praying to Hashem. A perfect example of this is found in this week's parasha...
Posted Thursday, Oct 14, 2021 12:00:00 PM
At the beginning of the sixth aliyah of Parashat Lech Lecha, HaShem states once again that the land of Cana'an will ultimately become the ancestral land of the descendants of Avraham...
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