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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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Torah Scroll ca. 2001

Torah Portion – Vayishlach

November 24th, 2015 | by LedgerOnline

By Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb Our sages taught us that “ma’aseh avot siman labanim,” the stories of the Patriarchs are precursors for what will happen to their descendants. In other words, history repeats itself. Rabbi Moses ... Read More


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Torah Scroll ca. 2001

Torah Portion – Vayetze

November 18th, 2015 | by LedgerOnline

By Shlomo Riskin A fascinating aspect of the strife and the strivings of the familial development of the house of Abraham and Sarah is the stark contrast between the courtships of Isaac and Jacob. Isaac and ... Read More


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Torah Scroll ca. 2001

Torah Portion – Toldot

November 11th, 2015 | by LedgerOnline

By Shlomo Riskin “And Isaac loved Esau, because the game was in his mouth; but Rebekah loved Jacob.” (Genesis 25:28) Of all the myriads of questions which rise up from this week’s portion, perhaps the one ... Read More


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Torah Scroll ca. 2001

Torah Portion – Chaye Sara 

November 4th, 2015 | by LedgerOnline

  By Shlomo Riskin “Sarah died in Kiryat Arba, which is Hebron in the Land of Canaan. And Abraham came to eulogize Sarah and to weep over her.” (Genesis 23:2) What was Sarah doing in Hebron? ... Read More


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