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TORAHPortion: Chaye Sara

November 5th, 2012 | by ledger_admin

One major personality of the first Hebrew family, Mother Sarah, seems strangely absent in the awesome and traumatic story of the akedah about which we read last week.  After all, Isaac was not really the “only ... Read More


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TORAHPortion: Vayera

October 30th, 2012 | by ledger_admin

By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin A little more than four decades ago, when I was telling my young children the story of the week’s Biblical portion, my elder daughter, Batya, tearfully interrupted my tale saying, “Stop lying ... Read More


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TORAH Portion: Lech Lecha

October 22nd, 2012 | by ledger_admin

By Shlomo Riskin Our Biblical tradition seems to live in a paradox between the universal and the particular, our obligations to the world at large and our obligations to our own nation and family. Is there ... Read More


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TORAHPortion: Noach

October 15th, 2012 | by ledger_admin

By Shlomo Riskin “The entire earth had one language with uniform words (or policies, or ideas; (Hebrew, devarim ahadim).” (Genesis 11:1) After the Great Flood and the subsequent renewal of the world’s civilization, the Bible records ... Read More


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TORAHPortion: Bereishit

October 10th, 2012 | by ledger_admin

By Shlomo Riskin Our nation, Israel, has just concluded a most intensive Festival period that encompasses a rollercoaster of religious emotions. We have moved from the intense soul searching of Rosh Hashanah to the heartfelt prayers ... Read More


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TorahPortion: Ha’azinu

September 24th, 2012 | by ledger_admin

By Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb Remembering and forgetting are major themes in our Jewish religious tradition. We are commanded, for example, to remember the Sabbath, to remember the lessons to be drawn from the life of ... Read More


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TorahPortion: Vayelech Shabbat Shuvah

September 19th, 2012 | by ledger_admin

By Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb Rabbi Arye Tzvi Fromer hailed from an obscure town in Poland named Koziglov. He served in the rabbinate of several towns with equally obscure names. His extreme modesty mitigated the spread ... Read More


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TorahPortion: Nitzavim  

September 10th, 2012 | by ledger_admin

By Shlomo Riskin “I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse: therefore choose life” (Deut. 30:19) W hat does ... Read More


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TORAHPortion: Ki Tavo 

September 4th, 2012 | by ledger_admin

By Tzvi Hersh Weinreb I first learned this lesson in my training as a psychotherapist, long ago. I was seeing a gentleman for a number of problems, including his marital difficulties. I still vividly remember the ... Read More


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