5779

Ki Tavo: An Abundance of All Things

Rabbanit Dr. Hannah Hashkes

Ki Tavo: An Abundance of All Things Dr. Hannah Hashkes is a third year fellow in the Susi Bradfield Women’s Institute of Halakhic Leadership (WIHL) at Midreshet Lindenbaum Parashat Ki Tavo sets an opposition between gratitude and loyalty to the Torah on the one hand and ungratefulness and neglect on the other hand. The Parasha …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Parshat Ki Tavo 5779

This week’s parsha commentary has been sponsored by Howard Wolfe in memory of his mother, Sylvia Wolfe (ציפורה בת שלמה זלמן, ז”ל) on the occasion of her 4th yahrzeit on the 19th of Elul Shabbat Shalom: Ki Tavo (Deuteronomy 26:10-29:8) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin    Efrat, Israel – “For I have come to the land …

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Is there a spiritual reason for investigating the reasons and origins of the commandments?

RIVKY YISRAELI

Parshat Ki Tetze: Is there a spiritual reason for investigating the reasons and origins of the commandments? In today’s world, the concepts of “faithfulness” and “responsibility” should replace the concept of “commitment”. A faithful person is one who both has faith and in whom faith can be placed, and if responsibility is entrusted to someone, …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Parshat Ki Tetze 5779

Shabbat Shalom: Ki Tetze (Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin    Efrat, Israel – “When you go forth to battle…and you see among the captives a beautiful woman and you desire her…. When a man has two wives, one the beloved and the other the hated…. If a man has a stubborn and rebellious son…” (Deuteronomy …

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Parshat Shoftim: What does a calf have to do with the laws of war?

Rabbi David Brofsky

Parashat Shoftim: What does a calf have to do with the laws of war? The conquest and settlement of the land involved many challenges, and the Torah prepared the people of Israel accordingly. We aspire to uphold our morality and holiness even when at war. Rabbi David Brofsky is a ra’m in Midreshet Lindenbaum’s Maria …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Parshat Shoftim 5779

Shabbat Shalom: Shoftim (Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin    Efrat, Israel –  “You shall appoint judges… will not pervert justice…. Justice, justice shall you pursue… You shall not plant for yourselves an Asheira near the altar of the Lord your God.” (Deuteronomy 16:18–21) The juxtaposition of these verses – the demand for honorable and righteous …

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Parshat Reeh: A Personal Vision that Changes Everything

Aliza Goldberg

Parashat Re’eh: A Personal Vision that Changes Everything Everything rests on a person’s own vision. Will that person succeed in using that deep vision to discern between blessing and curse, and make the right choice? Aliza Goldberg is the director of Midreshet Lindenbaum’s AMLAT Program for young women from Latin America Parshat Re’eh is generally …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Parshat Reeh 5779

This week’s parsha commentary has been dedicated by the Charif family of Sydney, Australia in honor of their granddaughter Leia Yardena Elison’s 2nd Birthday Shabbat Shalom: Reeh (Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin    Efrat, Israel – “Behold , I present before you today a blessing and a curse. The blessing, when you internalize the …

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Parshat Ekev: Redemption Depends upon Both the Individual and the Collective

Elana GOldscheder

Parashat Ekev: Redemption depends upon both the individual and the collective “And if you obey these rules…,” the words that begin the week’s parsha, serve as a reminder that our responsibility isn’t just communal. Rather, each of us, as an individual, must revisit his or her personal relationship with Hashem. Elana Goldscheider is Director of …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Parshat Ekev 5779

This week’s parsha commentary has been dedicated by the Charif family of Sydney, Australiain honor of their granddaughter Yakira Bryna Elison’s 5th Birthday Shabbat Shalom: Ekev (Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin    Efrat, Israel –  “Not by bread alone does a human being live, but rather by that which comes forth from the Lord’s …

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Parshat Vaetchanan: The Right Path to Loving God

Rabbi Dr. Mikhael Ben Admon

Parashat Vaetchanan: The Right Path to Loving God How can we ask a person to relate to God through love?  How can a person translate the dedication, self-nullification, and sensual vigor felt toward the opposite gender into sentiments appropriate for the expression of love of Hashem? A trap may have been set for us, one …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Parshat Va’etchanan 5779

This week’s parsha has been sponsored in honor of the marriage ofOrah Schlanger and Saadia Tuchman With warmest wishes to the Tuchman, Stieglitz and Schlanger families for continued nachat and joy Shabbat Shalom: Va’etchanan (Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin    Efrat, Israel – “And I entreated the Lord at that time, saying, ‘let me pass over …

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