parshat hashavua

The Reciprocity of Teshuva

Erica Brown

The Reciprocity of Teshuva by Dr. Erica Brown  Dr. Erica Brown is the director of the Mayberg Center for Jewish Education and Leadership and an associate professor of curriculum and pedagogy at The George Washington University. A Midreshet Lindenbaum alumna (’84), and is joined in this dvar Torah by Midreshet Lindenbaum alumnae Leah Brown Goldstein …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Yom Kippur 5781

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Haazinu (Deuteronomy 32:1-52) / Yom Kippur By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – The climax of Yom Kippurim is its closing Ne’ilah prayer when the sun is beginning to set, when the day is beginning to wane and when we are nearing our last chance for the opportunity to receive God’s loving …

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Rosh Hashana – Praying Like the Poor

Praying Like the Poor by Rabbi Shaul Robinson  Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Rabbi Shaul Robinson has served as the Senior Rabbi of Lincoln Square Synagogue since 2005. He received rabbinic ordination from Ohr Torah Stone’s Joseph & Gwendolyn Straus Rabbinical Seminary. We approach the Yemei HaDin and Yamim Noraim in a manner that would have …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Rosh Hashana 5781

This week’s “Shabbat Shalom” has been sponsored by the Charif Family of Sydney Australia in memory of Harry Sher (Hillel ben Chona) whose 23nd Yartzheit is on 2 Tishrei, 5781 Shabbat Shalom: Rosh Hashana By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel –  What is the essence of our faith, the purpose for which the Jewish people …

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Nitzavim-Vayelech – What is a Real Tikkun?

Rav Udi Abramowitz

Parshat Nitzavim-Vayelech: What is a Real Tikkun? Rabbi Udi Abramovitz is the Rosh Midrasha of Midreshet Lindenbaum-Lod The Book of Deuteronomy is known for offering us a new way of looking at the events, the commandments and the concepts we encountered in the other four books of the Pentateuch, beginning with its attitude towards the …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Nitzavim-Vayelech 5780

Shabbat Shalom: Nitzavim-Vayelech (Deuteronomy 29:9-31:30) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “Behold, I give before you this day the life and the good, the death and the evil… blessing and curse; and you shall choose life, so that you will live, you and your seed…” (Deut. 30:15, 19) What does it mean, to choose …

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Ki Tavo – Etching the Torah in Stone

Rabbi Shay Nave

Parshat Ki Tavo – Etching the Torah in Stone Rabbi Shay Nave is the Director of OTS’s Yachad Program for Jewish Identity For the Jewish people to return to its land, they must undergo a process of interpreting and clarifying the Torah. This is the process that occurred during the first return to Zion, led …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Ki Tavo 5780

Rabbi Riskin

Shabbat Shalom: Ki Tavo (Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “Cursed be the individual who does not carry aloft the words of this Torah.” (Deuteronomy 27:26) Although I have been blessed with many magnificent students over my five decades of teaching, I shall never forget the piercing words penned by one of …

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Ki Tetze – A Women’s Protection Program

Pnina Omer

Parshat Ki Tetze – A Women’s Protection Program  Parshat Ki Tetze establishes a hierarchy of values that we are to follow, which distinguishes between social standards and Jewish ethics. We must apply ourselves in order to preserve the dignity and the rights of women. Pnina Omer is the Director of OTS’s Yad La’isha: The Monica …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Ki Tetze 5780

Shabbat Shalom: Ki Tetze (Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “An illegitimate person shall not enter into the congregation of the Lord; even his tenth generation shall not enter into the congregation of the Lord”  (Deuteronomy 23:3) One of the most difficult biblical laws to understand is that of the mamzer, the …

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Shoftim – Crony Capitalism and How to Be a King in Israel

Rav Avishai Milner

Parshat Shoftim- Crony Capitalism and How to Be a King in Israel  Rabbi Avishai Milner is the Rosh Yeshiva of Neveh Shmuel Yeshiva High School, named in memory of Samuel Pinchas Ehrman  The King of Israel – mission impossible? Well, nearly impossible… One of the main motifs of the Book of Deuteronomy is how the …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Shoftim 5780

This week’s “Shabbat Shalom” is dedicated in celebration of Leia Elison’s 3th Birthday— 2 Elul by her loving grandparents Ian and Bernice Charif of Sydney, Australia Shabbat Shalom: Shoftim (Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “The Levitic kohanim, the entire tribe of Levi, shall have no portion or inheritance with Israel; the Lord’s …

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