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Torah Portion

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Torah Portion – Chukat

June 28th, 2017 | by LedgerOnline

By Shlomo Riskin Moses entered the stage of Jewish history by heroically striking an Egyptian taskmaster who was beating an Israelite slave [Ex. 2:11-12]. In contrast, his unfortunate striking of a rock in this week’s Biblical ... Read More


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Torah Portion – Shelach

June 14th, 2017 | by LedgerOnline

By Shlomo Riskin “Send, for yourselves, men, who will seek out [vayaturu] the Land of Canaan that I am giving to the People of Israel” [Num. 13:2]. Of the sins that the people of Israel commit ... Read More


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Torah Portion – Beha’alotcha

June 7th, 2017 | by LedgerOnline

By Shlomo Riskin The Jewish people seemed poised for entry into the Promised Land when suddenly; “The nation became a group of ‘kvetchers,’ complaining evilly in the ears of the Lord…. saying ‘who will feed us ... Read More


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Torah Portion – Naso

June 1st, 2017 | by LedgerOnline

By Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb In the Torah portion, Naso, even the casual reader will be troubled by the repetitive description of the offerings of the twelve tribal princes. Each of them contributes an absolutely identical ... Read More


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Torah Portion – Bamidbar

May 24th, 2017 | by LedgerOnline

By Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb It was November 1938. Dark clouds were gathering over all of Europe, and particularly over the Jewish communities in countries like Poland and Lithuania. Although few foresaw the horrific extent of ... Read More


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Torah Portion – Parshat Emor

May 10th, 2017 | by LedgerOnline

By Shlomo Riskin “And you shall count for yourselves from the morrow of [the first day of the Festival of Matzot]…” [Lev. 23:15] Since Judaism teaches that all Jews are responsible for each other, the hemorrhaging ... Read More


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Torah Portion – Mot-Kedoshim

May 2nd, 2017 | by LedgerOnline

By Rabbi Tzvi Herseh Weinreb I am proud of my large library of Jewish books. My collection began on my 11th birthday with a gift from my maternal grandparents, may they rest in peace. They bought ... Read More


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Torah Portion – Tazria Metzora

April 26th, 2017 | by LedgerOnline

By Shlomo Riskin “And on the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised.” [Lev. 12:3] The mitzvah of circumcision in the portion of Tazria appears in the midst of the discussion of the ... Read More


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Torah Portion – Parshat Shemini

April 19th, 2017 | by LedgerOnline

By Shlomo Riskin “And fire came out from before the Lord and consumed (the two sons of Aaron) and they died before the Lord” (Leviticus 10:2). One of the greatest tragedies in biblical history is the ... Read More


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