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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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Parshat Devarim

Yael Tawil

Parashat Devarim: What is the most effective model for rebuke? Moses doesn’t just rebuke the people. He causes the nation to understand that each individual is part of a system, and part of a nation. What do his historical descriptions teach us about the end of miraculous leadership? By Yael Tawil, Principal of OTS’s Jennie …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Parshat Devarim 5779

Shabbat Shalom: Devarim (Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin    Efrat, Israel – “These are the words which Moses spoke to all Israel, on the other side of the Jordan…. And it came to pass in the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first day of the month, that Moses spoke unto the …

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Parshat Matot-Masei

Rabbanit Billy Rabenstein

Parshat Matot-Masei The journey to the Land of Israel and the journey through the Land of Israel – ethical pronouncements and accepting a complex reality Rabbanit Bili Rabenstein, Israeli Rosh Beit Midrash, Midreshet Lindenbaum The Conclusion of the Book of Numbers Parshat Masei concludes the book of Numbers, and true to its name, it summarizes …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Parshat Matot-Masei 5779

This week’s parsha commentary has been sponsoredby the Charif family of Sydney, Australia in memory of Hymie Charif (Refael Chaim Yishayahu ben Yitzchak) whose 23rd Yartzheit is on 2 Av Shabbat Shalom: Matot-Masei (Numbers 30:2-36:13) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin    Efrat, Israel: “This is the thing which God has commanded.”  (Numbers 30:2) How was Moses different …

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Parshat Pinchas: Female advocates – a precept from the Torah

Advocate Osnat Sharon

Parshat Pinchas: Female advocates – a precept from the Torah  The daughters of Tzelofchad merited far more than just inheriting their father’s portion of the land. They merited to have a chapter of the Torah in their names, as well as to marry and start families. Rabbinical Court Advocate and civil attorney Osnat Sharon, OTS’s …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Parshat Pinchas 5779

Shabbat Shalom: Pinchas (Numbers 25:10-30:1) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin    Efrat, Israel – “The daughters of Tzelofĥad speak right. You shall surely give them a hereditary portion of land alongside that of their father’s brethren.” (Numbers 27:7) One of the most fascinating aspects of the entire Torah is the portion which deals with the case of …

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Parshat Balak: The Wind that Leads in the Desert

Neveh Shmuel Principal Chezi Zecharia

Parshat Balak: The Wind that Leads in the Desert Bilaam is fortunate enough to experience divine revelation and “walk on air” for a few moments, and it is this spirit that lifts him out of the muck in which he had wallowed. However, he misses his opportunity. Chezi Zecharia, Principal of OTS’s Neveh Shmuel Yeshiva …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Parshat Balak 5779

Shabbat Shalom: Balak (Numbers 22:2-25:9) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “There is no sorcery for Jacob, there is no magic for Israel.” (Numbers 23:23) What is the true message of an entire Torah portion dedicated to the hiring of a gentile soothsayer to curse the Israelite nation – but who instead becomes inspired to …

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Chukat: Faith in the Unclear and the Unknown

Bezalel Safra photographed by Rony Nathan

Parshat Chukat: Faith in the Unclear and the Unknown “There are things that are hidden, we won’t understand and we won’t know/we will also do things, seemingly without reason/there’s no need to ask and investigate into everything/sometimes, it’s fine not to know everything” This is the refrain of Zohar Argov’s well-known song, “There are things …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Parshat Chukat 5779

Shabbat Shalom: Chukat (Numbers 19:1-21:35) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “And he said to them: “Listen now rebels”…and he struck the rock twice.”  (Numbers 20:10) Rabbi Nahman of Bratslav tells a tale of a king who was beside himself because his only son was behaving like a rooster: he divested himself of all …

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Korach: Leadership, Accountability and Responsibility

Rabbi Chaim Kanterovich

Korach: Leadership, Accountability and Responsibility Rabbi Chaim Kanterovich, OTS Senior International Educator and Director of the OMEK program At one point or other in our lives, we all feel victimized. We feel taken advantage of, wronged by another person, or perhaps that life is simply not fair. The victim state of mind is extremely potent, …

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