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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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June 25th, 2014 | by ledger_admin

Torah Portion – Hukkat   By Shlomo Riskin   Why was Moses, the greatest prophet who ever lived and who sacrificed a princedom in Egypt to take the Hebrews out of Egypt, denied entry into the ... Read More


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Torah Portion – Korach

June 18th, 2014 | by ledger_admin

By Shlomo Riskin   “What’s in a name?”, wryly asked the great English playwright William Shakespeare, denying any connection between the appellation and the essence. By contrast, “one’s name defines one’s persona”(k’shmo ken hu- as is his ... Read More


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Torah Portion – Shelach

June 11th, 2014 | by ledger_admin

By Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hesh Weinreb   Undoubtedly, one of the consequences of the passage of the years is the fading of some, but certainly not all, memories. But it is not only older people for ... Read More


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Torah Portion – Shelach

June 4th, 2014 | by ledger_admin

By Shlomo Riskin   “And the Lord spoke to Moses saying ‘send forth for yourself men to explore the land of Canaan…” (Num. 13:1-2) The great sin of humanity was Adam’s disregard of God’s command not ... Read More


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Torah Portion – Naso

May 28th, 2014 | by ledger_admin

By Shlomo Riskin   “Speak to Aaron and his sons saying so shall you bless the children of Israel, say to them:  May the Lord bless you and keep you.  May the Lord cause His Face ... Read More


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Torah Portion – Bamidbar

May 21st, 2014 | by ledger_admin

By Shlomo Riskin   “And these are the names of the men that shall stand with you: of Reuven, Elizur the son of Shedeur. Of Shimon, Shelimuiel the son of Zurishaddai. Of Judah, Nachshon the son ... Read More


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Torah Portion – Behukotai

May 14th, 2014 | by ledger_admin

By Shlomo Riskin   What is the truest definition of freedom? I believe that an exploration of a difference of interpretation between two Talmudic Sages on a phrase in our Torah portion will shed a great ... Read More


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