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Tamar Beer

Parshat Ekev: Reinventing the Covenant – Judgment, Mercy, and Second Chances Tamar Beer studied at Midreshet Lindenbaum  from 2016 -2018. She is currently enrolled at GPATS (Graduate Program for Advanced Talmudic Studies) and Azrieli Graduate School for Education, and directs a summer women’s beit midrash program called Bnot Sinai.   The concept of “shmartem et …

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Parshat Ekev (Deuteronomy 7:12 – 11:25) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “Remember the entire path along which the Lord your God led you these forty years in the desert, He sent hardships to test you.“ (Deut. 8:2)“The land which you are about to inherit is not like Egypt.” (Deut. 11:10) Our Biblical portion …

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Rav Noam Sendor

Shabbat Nachamu: To shake off the dust and start healing Rav Noam Sendor studied at Yeshivat Hamivtar from 2008-2011 and received Semicha from the Joseph and Gwendolyn Straus Rabbinical Seminary. He is currently the rabbi at Blake Street Hebrew Congregation and a teacher at Leibler Yavneh College in Melbourne, Australia, where he lives with his …

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Parshat Vaetchanan (Deuteronomy 3:23 – 7:11) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “Comfort you comfort you my nation, says the Lord your God.” (Isaiah 40: 1) This Shabbat takes its name from our prophetic reading  (Shabbat Nachamu,  the Sabbath of comfort.)  Indeed, the entire month is known as Menachem Av, the comforting month of …

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Hannah Abrams

Tisha Bav: Using our eyes as well as our mouth Hannah Abrams studied in Midreshet Lindenbaum 2014-15, and is now learning in the Advanced Halakha Institute, Hilkhata, at Matan. She is also teaching in seminaries in Jerusalem. Megillat Eicha takes us deep into the world of despair. We cry out to Hashem, with a hopeless …

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RSR

This week’s Shabbat Shalom has been sponsored by Blima and Joel Abramson on the occasion of the Yahrzait of Blima’s mother Sara Ester bat Yehoshua Ha’Cohen   Parshat Devarim (Deuteronomy 1:1 – 3:22) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel –  The biblical reading of Devarim always falls out on the Sabbath preceding Tisha Be’av, the fast …

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Rabbi Dov Kaplan

Parshat Matot-Masei: Moshe the Bridge Builder Rabbi Dov Kaplan is an alumnus of Yeshivat Hamivtar who served as a rabbi in Cali, Colombia; Kibbutz Bet Rimon; Caesarea, and Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue, London. Currently back home in Tekoa, Israel, Rabbi Kaplan works for the UK’s United Synagogue and the Tzohar Rabbinic Association. Thank God Moshe …

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This week’s parsha commentary has been sponsored by the Charif family of Sydney, Australiain memory of Hymie Charif(Refael Chaim Yishayahu ben Yitzchak) whose 25th yartzheit is on 2 Av Parshat  Matot-Masei (Numbers 30:2 – 36:13) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel –  “And Moses recorded the places of origin toward the places of destination… and these …

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Parshat  Pinchas (Numbers 25:10 – 30:1) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel –  “And the Lord said to Moses, ‘Take for yourself Joshua the son of Nun, an individual who has spirit within him, and lay (or lean) your hand upon him.  Stand him up before Elazar the Priest and before the entire congregation, and …

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Rachel Blumenthal

Parshat Pinchas: A Peaceful Encounter? Rachel Blumenthal studied at Midreshet Lindenbaum from 2012 to 2013. She currently teaches Navi in Middle School at Westchester Day School in Mamaroneck, NY. Sidrat Pinchas takes us on a long journey, beginning with Hashem’s promise to Pinchas that he will always have peace through the census of the nation, …

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Max Davis

Parshat Balak: Bilaam’s Blessings Max Davis (Hamivtar 5760) serves as Rabbi of Congregation Darchei Noam in St. Louis Park, Minnesota.  He has previously served communities in Springfield, MA and Berkeley, CA.  He remains deeply grateful to Ohr Torah Stone, the Rebbes and talmidim of Hamivtar, and the residents of Efrat for a lifechanging year of …

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Parshat Balak (Numbers 22:2 – 25:9) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel –  “My nation, remember what Balak the king of Moab advised and what Bil’am the son of Be’or…answered him in order that you may know the compassionate righteousness of the Lord” [Micha. 6:5]. Who, or what, defines Israel, and why does it matter? If …

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