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Tisha B’Av: The Holocaust That Is Overshadowed by the Destruction of the Temple

The revolution against the Romans and siege on Jerusalem which resulted in the destruction of the Second Temple, produced one of the worst holocausts in Jewish history. According to the testimony of Yosef Ben Matitiyahu (Yosefus Plabius), about one million … Continue reading

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Vayakhel-Pikudei: A Time to Build

Parshiyot Vayakhel and Pekudei are basically repetitions of the material which was previously covered in parshiyot Terumah and Tezaveh. This naturally gives rise to an often asked question: How can our Torah, which we know is never redundant, go ahead … Continue reading

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Vayakhel-Pikudei: Turn to Me and I Will Turn to You

This is the time of year when the weekly Torah readings deal with thesubjects of the Temple, sacrifices, and ritual purity. But alas, for the vast majority of us these parshas seem irrelevant. But what are we to do? They … Continue reading

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Terumah: Cleaning Up the Mount Before Building the Temple

The parasha tell us “and you shall make Me a sanctuary, and I shall dwell amongst them”. Simply put, we should be talking about the building of the Beit HaMikdash during this class. Today, religious Jews have come up with … Continue reading

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Terumah: Removing the Mosques: Part One of the Mitzvah of Building the Temple

On the verse, “and you shall make me a sanctuary”, the Ohr HaChaim writes: “And by saying, ‘you make shall me a sanctuary’ – it is a mitzvah for all times”. The Rambam writes in Chapter 1 of “Hilchot Bet … Continue reading

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Teruma: The Grandest Mitzvah of Them All Faces Total Blackout

It seems as if every year when Parshat Teruma rolls around, rabbis all over the world become hard-pressed for their sermons. Sermons, after all, must be “relevant for our times”. And what could be less relevant for our times than … Continue reading

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