Deuteronomy

Parshat Haazinu: “Great is this song”

Yael Tawil

Parashat Haazinu: “Great is this Song” On Rosh Hashana, we want Hashem’s heavenly kingship to be revealed in our world, and on Yom Kippur, to elevate our world toward heaven. Thoughts on the connection between Shirat Haazinu and the High Holy Days Yael Tawil is the Principal of Ohr Torah Stone’s Jennie Sapristein Junior High …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Parshat Haazinu 5780

Shabbat Shalom: Haazinu (Deuteronomy 32:1-32:52) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin    Efrat, Israel – “The Lord remembered Sarah as he had promised… Sarah conceived and bore a son…” (Genesis 21:1- 2)  Rosh Hashanah always portends new beginnings and fresh opportunities: “This day the world was born,” or at least the world beckons with possibilities of rebirth and …

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“Write down this song for yourselves”

Rabbi Ohad Teharlev

“Write down this song for yourselves” When people write Torah scrolls by themselves, they undergo a process of self-clarification and “sculpting” which forge their identities, just like when Moshe Rabbeinu sculpted the tablets. This is a subjective process that is uniquely theirs. Rabbi Ohad Teharlev is Rosh Midrasha of Israeli Programs at Midreshet Lindenbaum This …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Parshat Vayelech 5780

Shabbat Shalom: Vayelech (Deuteronomy 31:1-31:30) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin    Efrat, Israel – “And Moses wrote this song on that day and taught it to the children of Israel.” (Deuteronomy 31:32) What is the song of the Torah? Moses himself refers to Torah as a “fiery law – esh dat” (Deut. 33:2), which the Midrash …

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The importance of the month of Elul for the relationship between Israel and Hashem

Keren Kirshenbaum

Parshat Nitzavim: The importance of the month of Elul for the relationship between Israel and Hashem In the month of Elul (an acronym for “I am for my beloved, and my beloved is for me”) we contemplate our marital relationship with Hashem and try to make amends, better ourselves, and repent. We try to worship …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Parshat Nitzavim 5779

This week’s “Shabbat Shalom” has been sponsored by the Charif Family of Sydney Australia  in memory of Harry Sher (Hillel ben Chona) whose 22nd Yartzheit is on 2 Tishrei Shabbat Shalom: Nitzavim (Deuteronomy 29:9-30:20) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin    Efrat, Israel – “You are all standing before God your Lord – the heads of your …

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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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