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Torah Portion – Beshalach

January 28th, 2015 | by LedgerOnline

By Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb In this week’s Torah portion, Parshat Beshalach (Exodus 13:17-17:16), the Jewish people are finally leaving Egypt. They are packing their belongings. It is likely that they limited what they took with ... Read More


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Torah Portion – Parashat Bo

January 21st, 2015 | by LedgerOnline

Rabbi Stephen Lewis Fuchs “For I have hardened his [Pharaoh’s] heart and the hearts of his servants …” – Exodus 10:1 On my list of most frequently asked questions is: Why does God harden Pharaoh’s heart? ... Read More


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Torah Portion – Va’era

January 14th, 2015 | by LedgerOnline

By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin What makes Moses Moses? He is certainly the consummate prophet, the man of God whose vision of ethical monotheism was expressed in a moral code of law which commands to this very ... Read More


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Torah Portion – Shemot

January 7th, 2015 | by LedgerOnline

By Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb Can you sleep at night? There is so much trouble in the world. Violence, wars large and small, natural disasters, disease. It is perfectly understandable to be unable to sleep at ... Read More


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Torah Portion – Parashat Va-yehi

December 30th, 2014 | by LedgerOnline

By Rabbi Stephen Lewis Fuchs When Jacob dies, Joseph’s brothers fear that he will take revenge on them for selling him away as a slave (Genesis 50:15). When his brothers throw themselves on Joseph’s mercy, he ... Read More


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Torah Portion – Miketz

December 17th, 2014 | by LedgerOnline

By Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb As December 25 approaches, we see the evidence that we do indeed live in a predominantly Christian country. Images of Santa Claus and his reindeer, evergreen trees with dazzling decorations, crucifixes ... Read More


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Torah Portion – Chaye Sara

November 12th, 2014 | by Chris Bonito

By Shlomo Riskin We recently marked one year since the passing of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, the great halachic and political leader of millions of Jews throughout Israel and the world. Our portion this week devotes an ... Read More


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TORAHPortion: Tazria-Metzora

April 10th, 2013 | by JLedger

By Shlomo Riskin “Then he shall sprinkle [the mixture] seven times upon the person being purified from the tzara’at; he shall purify him and set the live bird free upon the open field” (Leviticus 14:7). One ... Read More


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TORAHPortion: Shmini

April 3rd, 2013 | by JLedger

By Shlomo Riskin This week’s Torah reading presents an awesome and awful scene of the heights of ecstasy merged with the depth of despair. The desert sanctuary is being dedicated, sacrifices to the Almighty are offered, ... Read More


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TORAHPortion: Shabbat Chol Hamoed

March 27th, 2013 | by JLedger

By Shlomo Riskin The Lord said to Moses, ‘Why do you cry out to me? Speak to the Children of Israel and let them travel’ (Exodus 14:15) The climax of the Festival of Passover, the festival’s ... Read More


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