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Torah Portion – Tetzaveh

February 17th, 2016 | by LedgerOnline

By Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb Let me tell you about a lesson I learned in a most unusual setting—a small meeting room in the White House, just outside the door to the Oval Office of George ... Read More


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Torah Scroll ca. 2001

Torah Portion – Terumah

February 10th, 2016 | by LedgerOnline

  By Shlomo Riskin “They shall make an ark of acacia trees. Overlay it with pure gold— outside and inside—and you shall make upon it a gold crown all around. Cast for it four gold rings ... Read More


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Torah Scroll ca. 2001

Torah Portion – Mishpatim

February 3rd, 2016 | by LedgerOnline

By Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb I once taught a class whose purpose it was to introduce midrashic literature to an audience of intelligent individuals with limited experience with primary Jewish texts. One passage that led to ... Read More


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Torah Scroll ca. 2001

Torah Portion – Yitro

January 27th, 2016 | by LedgerOnline

  By Rabbi Shaya Gopin We live in a time in which being ‘spiritual’ has become quite popular. People search and find meaning in spirituality. Many groups offer various methods of finding spirituality and connecting with ... Read More


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Torah Scroll ca. 2001

Torah Portion – Bo

January 13th, 2016 | by LedgerOnline

  By Shlomo Riskin I have always been most fascinated — and confounded — by the ninth plague, the plague of darkness. How can darkness be tangible? Yes, darkness can be oppressive, foreboding and forbidding. But ... Read More


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Torah Scroll ca. 2001

Torah Portion – Va’era

January 6th, 2016 | by LedgerOnline

By Rabbi Stephen Lewis Fuchs “I will harden Pharaoh’s heart … (and he) will not listen to you.” (Exodus 7:3-4) I vividly remember the first Introduction to Judaism class I taught as a young rabbi. When ... Read More


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Torah Scroll ca. 2001

Torah Portion – Shemot

December 30th, 2015 | by LedgerOnline

By Shlomo Riskin The Book of Exodus begins the story of the people of Israel, the nation that developed from the household of Jacob. Many are the differences between this book and the Book of Genesis, ... Read More


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Torah Scroll ca. 2001

Torah Portion – Vayehi

December 22nd, 2015 | by LedgerOnline

By Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb In this week’s Torah portion, Vayehi (Genesis 47:28-50:26), our forefather Jacob calls one of his sons, Issachar, a “thick-boned donkey.” Surprisingly, not only does Issachar not take umbrage at his father’s ... Read More


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Torah Scroll ca. 2001

Torah Portion – Miketz

December 9th, 2015 | by LedgerOnline

By Shlomo Riskin The festival of Chanukah celebrates the military victory of the Judeans over the Hellenist Syrians in the second century BCE, as recorded in the Al Hanissim thanksgiving prayer added to our Amida prayers ... Read More


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Torah Scroll ca. 2001

Torah Portion – Vayeshev 

December 2nd, 2015 | by LedgerOnline

  By Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb You thought your life would run smoothly, right? We all do. Then, something comes off, tragic or happy, which proves to us that life is not smooth at all, and ... Read More


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