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“Shabbat Shalom” – Parshat Tzav 5780

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Tzav (Leviticus 6:1-8:36) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin  Efrat, Israel – “And brought near the second ram, the consecration-inauguration ram, and Aaron and his sons leaned their hands upon the head of the ram. And slaughtered it” (Lev. 8:22-23) The second part of our portion of Tzav deals with the seven-day induction ceremony of …

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Parshat Vayikra: Accepting God’s Commandments, Especially when we don’t Understand

Rabbi Reuven Spolter

Parshat Vayikra: Accepting God’s Commandments, Especially when we don’t Understand Rabbi Reuven Spolter is the director of OTS Amiel BaKehilla Many years ago, in a discussion about the Passover Seder with a rabbinic colleague who happened to be a vegetarian, he explained that instead of a shank bone he would place a piece of sweet …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Parshat Vayikra 5780

This week’s “Shabbat Shalom” has been dedicated by Mike Aron in honor of Issy Aron, a remarkable example of Chesed, Resilience and Emunah Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Vayikra (Leviticus 1:1-5:26) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin  Efrat, Israel – “He called to Moses, and the Lord spoke to him from the Tent of Meeting saying…” (Leviticus 1:1) So opens …

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Parshat Vayakhel-Pekudei: “The Wisdom of a Woman Builds her Home”

Tamar Oderberg

Parshat Vayakhel-Pekudei: “Chochmat nashim banta beita“- The wisdom of a Woman Builds her Home Is the spinning of yarn mentioned in this week’s Parsha laudatory or derogatory? Adv. Tamar Oderberg is an attorney at Yad La’isha: The Monica Dennis Goldberg Legal Aid Center and Hotline “And all the skilled women spun with their own hands, …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Parshat Vayakhel-Pekudei 5780

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Vayakhel-Pekudei (Exodus 35:1 – 40:38) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin  Efrat, Israel – “You shall not kindle a fire in any of your dwellings on the Sabbath day” (Exodus 35:3) The Sages of the Talmud query the significance of this verse; after all, the Bible commands us in several places not to do …

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Parshat Ki Tissa: Tablets and Fragments

Parshat Ki Tissa: Tablets and Fragments Did Moses break the tablets because he was shocked by the Golden Calf, or was it premeditated? Rabbi Shlomo Brown, Executive Director of Midreshet Lindenbaum  “As soon as Moses came near the camp and saw the calf and the dancing, he became enraged; and he hurled the tablets from his …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Parshat Ki Tisa 5780

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Ki Tisa (Exodus 30:11 – 34:35) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel –  “When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the Two Tablets of the covenant law in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the Lord” (Exodus 34:29) What is the significance …

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Parshat Tetzaveh: Moses is Missing…Really?

David Nekrutman

Parshat Tetzaveh: Moses is Missing…Really? David Nekrutman is the Executive Director of  Ohr Torah Stone’ Hertog Center for Jewish-Christian Understanding and Cooperation (CJCUC).   The observational humor of Jerry Seinfeld has made audiences laugh for decades. His take and comic delivery on human behavior has even caused an existential crisis for many who buy donut …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Parshat Tetzaveh 5780

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Tetzaveh (Exodus 27:20 – 30:10) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “Now you bring near to yourself Aaron your brother and his sons with him…. to minister to Me. You shall make vestments of sanctity for Aaron your brother, for honor and splendor” (Exodus 28:1,2)  The two leaders during this interim …

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Parshat Terumah: The Correct Way to Rebuke

Rabbi Shuki Reich - Photographer Rony Nathan

Parshat Terumah: The Correct Way to Rebuke  Rabbi Shuki Reich serves as rosh kollel at the Joseph and Gwendolyn Straus Rabbinical Seminary and Head of the Susi Bradfield Women’s Institute of Halakhic Leadership What is the right way to express rebuke, and what does it have to do with the Holy Ark of Hashem? At times, …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Parshat Terumah 5780

This week’s “Shabbat Shalom” has been sponsored by Ian and Bernice Charif of Sydney Australiain honour of the birth of their granddaughter, Ellie Yona Charifon 23 Shevat/17 February 2020 Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Terumah (Exodus 25:1 – 27:19) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “Make one cherub on one end and the second cherub on …

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Parshat Mishpatim: “You shall surely return it to him”

Rabbanit Billy Rabenstein

Parshat Mishpatim: “You shall surely return it to him” Rabbanit Billy Rabenstein is the Rosh Beit Midrash for the Israeli programs at Midreshet Lindenbaum “You shall surely return it to him” (Exodus 23:3) Parashat Mishpatim is packed with commandments tied to the finer details of our everyday lives. Some of those commandments concern our interaction …

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