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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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Torah Portion – Vayetze

November 21st, 2017 | by LedgerOnline

By Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb “Who am I?” This is the most powerful question that a person ever asks himself. For many of us, there are no easy answers to that question. We are uncertain of ... Read More


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Torah Portion – Toldot

November 15th, 2017 | by LedgerOnline

By Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb I recently returned to one of my former communities. I was approached by a participant in a short introductory Bible course that I gave over 20 years ago. A former student ... Read More


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Torah Portion – Chaye Sarah

November 8th, 2017 | by LedgerOnline

By Shlomo Riskin The fascinating marriage of Isaac and Rebecca – from the circumstances surrounding their arranged nuptials to the devastating family split over their twin sons’ bitter rivalry – contains vitally important lessons for couples ... Read More


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Torah Portion – Vayera

November 1st, 2017 | by LedgerOnline

By Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb This week’s Torah portion, Vayera (Genesis 18:1-22:24) tells the story of what was the world’s first dystopia, Sodom. We first encounter this “nightmare society” in last week’s parsha, Lech Lecha. There, ... Read More


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Torah Portion – Lech Lecha

October 25th, 2017 | by LedgerOnline

By Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb I picked him up at the airport. He was arriving in Baltimore, where I was then a rabbi, to deliver an address and then return home to New York. The plane ... Read More


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Torah Portion – Noach

October 18th, 2017 | by LedgerOnline

By Shlomo Riskin What is the connection between Adam’s existential state of aloneness and the tragic social isolation that results from the Tower of Babel, when one universal language is replaced by 70 languages, leading to ... Read More


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Torah Portion – Simchat Torah

October 11th, 2017 | by LedgerOnline

By Shlomo Riskin Oftentimes, things and people are not what they appear to be. Even our most profound statement of faith, “Sh’ma Yisrael” [Deut. 6:4], is recited while covering one’s eyes with one’s hand, so that ... Read More


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Torah Portion – Chol Hamoed Sukkot

October 4th, 2017 | by LedgerOnline

By Shlomo Riskin “…in order that your ensuing generations will know that I had the People of Israel live in sukkot when I took them out of the land of Egypt. I am the Lord, your ... Read More


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