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Torah Portion – Mishpatim

February 7th, 2018 | by LedgerOnline

By Shlomo Riskin “And he took the Book of the Covenant, and read it into the ears of the nation, and they said, ‘Everything that the Lord has spoken we shall do and we shall understand” ... Read More


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Torah Portion – Yitro

January 31st, 2018 | by LedgerOnline

By Shlomo Riskin Religious coercion has long threatened Israeli society, bringing to the surface all the tensions inherent in our unprecedented experiment of maintaining a state that is both “Jewish and democratic.” Is such an experiment ... Read More


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Torah Portion – Beshalach

January 24th, 2018 | by LedgerOnline

By Shlomo Riskin Why does the heart of the Haggadah almost completely omit mention of Moses, limiting him to one “cameo” appearance? Moreover, that brief reference, a verse from our portion, Beshalach, dealing with the Splitting ... Read More


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Torah Portion – Bo

January 17th, 2018 | by LedgerOnline

By Shlomo Riskin In a great tragedy of history, the success of far too many revolutions against tyranny have turned into disasters, with the revolutionaries acting as cruelly in power as the despots whom they overthrew. ... Read More


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Torah Portion – Vaera

January 10th, 2018 | by LedgerOnline

By Shlomo Riskin “So the Lord spoke to Moses and to Aaron, and He commanded them to the children of Israel and to Pharaoh, King of Egypt, to let the children of Israel out of the ... Read More


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Torah Portion – Shemot

January 2nd, 2018 | 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. We all personally know many who are suffering at this ... Read More


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Torah Portion – Vayigash

December 21st, 2017 | by LedgerOnline

By Shlomo Riskin   “I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his companions; and I will put them unto him together with the stick ... Read More


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Torah Portion – Miketz

December 12th, 2017 | by LedgerOnline

By Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb Wisdom is the rarest of all important human qualities. Observers of the contemporary state of affairs often remark that wisdom, which is especially necessary in this day and age, is now ... Read More


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Torah Portion – Vayeshev

December 6th, 2017 | by LedgerOnline

By Shlomo Riskin Why are Jews (Yehudim) referred to as such? Historically speaking, the vast majority of the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob who remained committed to their traditions and faith after the first exile ... Read More


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Torah Portion – Vayishlach

November 29th, 2017 | by LedgerOnline

By Shlomo Riskin Three times each day, we begin the Amidah prayer with the words, “Blessed are You, Hashem, our God and God of our ancestors, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the ... Read More


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