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Posted Thursday, Dec 5, 2019 12:56:00 PM
In the beginning of the parasha, Yaakov leaves Be'er-Sheva and goes to Charan, fleeing from Eisav and in search of a wife. On the way there he stops to rest and has a dream. Yaakov dreams of a ladder leading to heaven with angels going up and down the ladder, and dreams of Hashem promising him the land of Israel...
Posted Thursday, Nov 21, 2019 3:51:00 PM
In this week's parasha, Chayei Sarah, we learn that Sarah dies and Yitzhak marries Rivka. The commentators teach us that Yitzhak understood how special Rivka was on three separate occasions. The first sign was that a cloud of glory hovered above her tent...
Posted Thursday, Nov 14, 2019 2:33:00 PM
Parashat Vayera gives readers the opportunity to learn from the extraordinary actions of our patriarch, Avraham. The Noam Elimelech teaches that the primary aspect of a mitzvah is not its technicalities and details, but rather the love we put into its performance. This does not mean to say that we should disregard the technicalities; on the contrary, we must perform them accurately and to the best of our ability...
Posted Friday, Nov 8, 2019 8:29:00 AM
Lech Lecha is, for lack of a better word, dense. It features the stories of Avraham leaving home, separating from Lot, the four kings vs. the five kings, Hagar and Yishmael, and the very first Brit Milah. For the purpose of this Dvar Torah, we will focus on the first and last of these stories, especially in the context of how they demonstrate Avraham's total loyalty and devotion to God...
Posted Thursday, Oct 31, 2019 12:55:00 PM
In this week's parasha, Parashat Noach, Hashem sends a flood to destroy the world. The big question is - what was so terrible about Noach's generation that they deserved destruction?
Posted Wednesday, Sep 25, 2019 2:08:00 PM
Gilma Gossip Girl loves to talk about her friends. She knows its wrong, but it's really fun and entertaining. Rosh Hashanah is coming, and Gilma really wants to stop gossiping. Can she do it alone?
Posted Thursday, Sep 19, 2019 3:15:00 PM
When most people hear of parashat Ki Tavo they usually don't think of the blessings, they mainly think of the curses. However, there is also a very important mitzvah in this parasha. We learn that Jewish farmers had to separate their crops into several different tithes, or sections...
Posted Thursday, Sep 12, 2019 2:33:00 PM
Parashat Ki Teiztei discusses 74 out of 613 mitzvot in the Torah, more than any other parasha. Among the mitzvot included are how to treat a worker fairly, what to do about a man who dies with no children, and many mitzvot about going to war. At the end of the parasha, the Torah explains our responsibility to remember what Amalek did to us in the desert and requires us to destroy them...
Posted Friday, Sep 6, 2019 10:36:00 AM
In this week's parasha, Parashat Shoftim, we learn the law to appoint shotrim. What are shotrim and what do they do? In modern Hebrew, shotrim are officers and policemen. In the Torah, shotrim are only ever mentioned once and it happens to be in this week's parasha...
Posted Thursday, Jun 6, 2019 4:08:55 PM
By Avi F. (Grade 5) In this week's parasha, Parashat במדבר, we learn about many things. In the beginning, Hashem commands Moshe to count every male that is age 20 or older. Hashem tells Moshe to ask each male over 20 for a מחצית השקל, a half-Shekel, and then count the money they collected. Then the Torah lists...
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