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Torah Portion – Ki Tetze

September 3rd, 2014 | by ledger_admin

By Shlomo Riskin “When a man takes a woman and has relations with her…” (Deut. 24:1) As a very young Rabbi I had the privilege of visiting one of the most revered halakhic scholars; Rav Henkin, ... Read More


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Torah Portion – Shofetim

August 27th, 2014 | by ledger_admin

By Shlomo Riskin “When you draw near to a city to wage war against it you shall [first] call out to it for peace” (Deuteronomy 20:10). Despite the bad press we constantly receive at the hands ... Read More


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Torah Portion – Re’eh

August 20th, 2014 | by ledger_admin

By Shlomo Riskin “But the place which the Lord your God shall choose from among all of your tribes to place His Name there, for His dwelling place, shall you seek and shall you come there. ... Read More


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Torah Portion – Eikev

August 13th, 2014 | by ledger_admin

By Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb   As a parent, grandparent, and psychologist, I am often considered to be something of an expert on parenting and child-rearing. In that capacity, I have frequently been asked to review ... Read More


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Torah Portion – Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11

August 6th, 2014 | by ledger_admin

By Shlomo Riskin   “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 ... Read More


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Torah Portion – Devarim

July 30th, 2014 | by ledger_admin

By Tzvi Hersh Weinreb   The popular media often accuses the Jewish people of an obsession. Some accuse us good-humoredly of an obsession with food. Others maliciously accuse us of being obsessed with money. I agree ... Read More


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Torah Portion – Masei

July 23rd, 2014 | by ledger_admin

By Shlomo Riskin   “And Aaron the High Priest went up to Mount Hor at the word of the Lord and died there…” (Num. 33:38) In this week’s Biblical portion, we read – for the second ... Read More


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Torah Portion – Matot 

July 16th, 2014 | by ledger_admin

By Shlomo Riskin   For me, the saddest Book of the Bible is the Book of Numbers according to the Greek, Latin and English translations and the Book of the Desert according to most renderings of ... Read More


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Torah Portion – Pinchas

July 9th, 2014 | by ledger_admin

By Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb   Every parent knows this fact, and every teacher can confirm it. No two children are alike. Indeed, it is the recognition of individual differences and knowledge of how to address ... Read More


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Torah Portion – Balak

July 2nd, 2014 | by ledger_admin

By Stephen Fuchs   Too many times to count, I have heard rabbis announce, “We begin our service with Mah Tovu!” And then the rabbi, cantor, choir and congregation or some combination of those resources begin ... Read More


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