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Lag BaOmer: Rabbi Shimeon Bar Yochai: the Scholar Warrior

As Log B’Omer rolls around, one is reminded of the holy Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai (Rashbi). The multitudes of Jews from all sects of Israeli life who flock to his grave site in Meron is testimony to the deep admiration … Continue reading

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Pesach: Fifty Strides Toward Holiness

The fifty days between Pesach and Shavuot teach us the meaning of true in dependence; after fifty years of statehood, we should evolve from a “Nation”to a “Holy Nation.” As we approach the fiftieth anniversary of the independence of the … Continue reading

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Pesach: Divrei Torah

“And Pharaoh called to Moses, saying: Go and worship the L-rd. Only your sheep and cattle will remain – your children will also go with you. And Moses said: You will also give us offerings and sacrifices for the L-rd … Continue reading

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Purim: The Hidden Hope Which Lies in the Hidden Messsage of Purim

Two points in Megilat Esther are not clear. Firstly, what brought on the decree to destroy all the Jews, and secondly, what suddenly happened that caused the decree to be canceled? To understand this, we will look at the story … Continue reading

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Yom Kippur: Mission of the Prophet – in These Times as Well

On Yom Kippur it is the custom to read the Book of Jonah during the Mincha service, since the repentance done by the people of Ninve is supposed to awaken us on the current Day of Atonement. Many people forget, … Continue reading

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Rosh Hashana: “The Righteous Will Be Saved”

Our sages teach that there are two distinct ways in which the final redemption can occur: Either it will be a “hurried” (Achishena) redemption which comes with majestic glory and free of pain and tragedy, or it will be “in … Continue reading

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Ki Tetze: To See the Evil Growing – And to Uproot It

The sages in the Talmud (one opinion) tell us that there never really was a perverse and rebellious son. If this is so, the Talmud asks, why were we given a mitzvah which is impossible to fulfill. The answer: This … Continue reading

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Shoftim: Fulfilling the Mitzvot with Love – through “Religious Coercion”

When the Jewish People stood at Mount Sinai, they proclaimed without hesitation, “We will do and we will listen” before even receiving the Torah. But if the Jewish People were so willing to receive Torah by their own free choice, … Continue reading

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Re’e: The Jew Is Never “Beinoni”

It is common knowledge that to be a Jew is a great responsibility, yet along with the great privelages that come with it, there are also deep obligations. This double-edged sword hovers over the Jew and obligates him from the … Continue reading

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Behar: For They Are Servants of the Lord

I write these words on the fiftieth anniversary of the State of Israel’s Independence, from behind prison walls, only a few days after being tossed behind bars after my sentencing of nine months in jail. In parshat Behar I will … Continue reading

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