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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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“Shabbat Shalom” – Parshat Mishpatim 5780

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Mishpatim (Exodus 21:1 – 24:18) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “If your brother becomes destitute and is then sold to you, you shall not make him work like a slave” (Leviticus 25:39) If indeed Judaism gave the world the idea and ideal of freedom – “I am the Lord thy …

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Parshat Yitro: Eyes that see, a nose that smells and a heart that listens

Nadav Nizri

Parshat Yitro: Eyes that see, a nose that smells and a heart that listens Rabbi Nadav Nizri is the administrative director of the Robert M. Beren Machanaim Hesder Yeshiva Yitro, the Midianite priest, comes to Mount Sinai after hearing of the splitting of the Red Sea and the war between Amalek and the Israelites, and …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Parshat Yitro 5780

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Yitro (Exodus 18:1 – 20:23) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel –   “And now, if you will surely hearken to my voice and observe My Covenant, then you shall be for Me a chosen treasure (segulah) from amongst all the nations, because all of the earth is Mine And you shall be …

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Parshat Beshalach: The Nachshon ben Aminadav Effect

Rav Ohad Teharlev

Parashat Beshalach: The Nachshon ben Aminadav Effect How can we explain the juxtaposition of Nachshon Ben Aminadav’s leap into the Red Sea and our annual Tu B’Shvat (Jewish Arbor Day), and who has been following in Nachshon’s footsteps in the last few generations? Rabbi Ohad Teharlev is the Director of Israeli Programs at Midreshet Lindenbaum …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Parshat Beshalach 5780

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Beshalach (Exodus 13:17 – 17:16) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel –  “And the Lord said to Moses, ‘Why do you cry out to Me? Speak to the children of Israel and let them move forward’” (Exodus 14:15) Chapters 14 and 15 of the Book of Exodus are among the most significant in …

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Parshat Bo: The Significance of Hardening One’s Heart

Keren Kirshenbaum

Parashat Bo: The Significance of Hardening One’s Heart We need a real leader. We must seek out those who are most humble. The ones without personal interests. The strong. The ones who are up to the task, who can hear and listen to the nation and its advisors, and aren’t closed off or just “spewing.” …

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