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“Shabbat Shalom” – Parshat Reeh 5779

This week’s parsha commentary has been dedicated by the Charif family of Sydney, Australia in honor of their granddaughter Leia Yardena Elison’s 2nd Birthday Shabbat Shalom: Reeh (Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin    Efrat, Israel – “Behold , I present before you today a blessing and a curse. The blessing, when you internalize the …

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Parshat Ekev: Redemption Depends upon Both the Individual and the Collective

Elana GOldscheder

Parashat Ekev: Redemption depends upon both the individual and the collective “And if you obey these rules…,” the words that begin the week’s parsha, serve as a reminder that our responsibility isn’t just communal. Rather, each of us, as an individual, must revisit his or her personal relationship with Hashem. Elana Goldscheider is Director of …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Parshat Ekev 5779

This week’s parsha commentary has been dedicated by the Charif family of Sydney, Australiain honor of their granddaughter Yakira Bryna Elison’s 5th Birthday Shabbat Shalom: Ekev (Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin    Efrat, Israel –  “Not by bread alone does a human being live, but rather by that which comes forth from the Lord’s …

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Parshat Vaetchanan: The Right Path to Loving God

Rabbi Dr. Mikhael Ben Admon

Parashat Vaetchanan: The Right Path to Loving God How can we ask a person to relate to God through love?  How can a person translate the dedication, self-nullification, and sensual vigor felt toward the opposite gender into sentiments appropriate for the expression of love of Hashem? A trap may have been set for us, one …

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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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