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TORAHPortion: Ki Tisa

February 25th, 2013 | by JLedger

By Shlomo Riskin Why does the name of God not appear throughout the Scroll of Esther – unlike all of the other 24 books of the Bible, which feature His name in almost every verse? Ki ... Read More


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TORAHPortion: Terumah

February 12th, 2013 | by JLedger

By Shlomo Riskin ‘You shall make a menorah out of pure gold… its base, stem… And flowers… and its six branches extending from its sides, three branches on one side of the menorah and three branches ... Read More


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TORAHPortion: Mishpatim

February 5th, 2013 | by ledger_admin

By Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb I have to thank my dear parents, may they rest in peace, for many things. I must especially thank them for having chosen to provide me with a yeshiva day school education. This ... Read More


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TORAHPortion: Yitro

January 30th, 2013 | by ledger_admin

By Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb She was the daughter of Holocaust survivors, but she was not Jewish. Her parents were Polish citizens who, heroically, and at the risk of their own lives, rescued Jews from certain ... Read More


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TORAHPortion: Beshalach

January 21st, 2013 | by ledger_admin

By Shlomo Riskin The splitting of the Red (Reed) Sea was the remarkable miracle that climaxed the Ten Plagues and indisputably confirmed the Hebrews as free people. The Egyptians had chased them into the desert, hoping ... Read More


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TORAHPortion: Bo

January 15th, 2013 | by ledger_admin

By Shlomo Riskin ‘May the renewal of the moon be for you [the Festival of] the first day of each month; this month being for you the first of the months of the year’ (Exodus 12:2) ... Read More


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Torah Portion: Vaera

January 8th, 2013 | by ledger_admin

By Shlomo Riskin “Take thy rod, and cast it down before Pharaoh, that it become a serpent” (Exodus 7:9) This is one of the most difficult texts to understand in all of the Pentateuch. Perhaps God ... Read More


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TORAH Portion: Shemot

December 31st, 2012 | by ledger_admin

By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin “A new king arose over Egypt who did not know Joseph” (Exodus 1: 8) Why is Joseph, the towering personality of the last four portions of the Book of Genesis, not considered ... Read More


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TORAHPortion: Miketz

December 11th, 2012 | by ledger_admin

By Shlomo Riskin The Festival of Chanukah celebrates two momentous and fateful victories of Judea over Greco-Syria in the second century before the Common Era, during the period of the Second Temple. Greco–Syria was one of ... Read More


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Vayeshev

December 7th, 2012 | by Judie Jacobson

We have just concluded the biblical account of the rivalry between Jacob and Esau for the birthright-blessings, the momentous conflict regarding the heir to the mission and covenant of Abraham.  We now enter the next generation, ... Read More


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