Torah Commentary

Lessons Of A ‘Loser’: How Chaim Gained His Confidence

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I hated recess. No one believes me, but it is true. Our recess looked something like this: Ari would split the boys up into teams...

Counted

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Fifty general sessions, eight Little Limmud sessions, one amazing opening session facilitated by Jakir Manela and an eye-opening lunch program discussing the 50th anniversary...

A Modern Spiritual Earth Day Interpretation

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As Earth Day approaches, we must ask ourselves: Have we been good stewards of the land? Professor Arnold M. Eisen of the Jewish Theological Seminary...

Skin-Deep Storytelling

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In this week’s double Parsha,Tazria/Metzora, the Torah teaches about a spiritual malady that manifested itself physically in the form of scaly patches on the...

B’Teavon

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At first read, it seems difficult to find a convergent theme for parshat Shemini. The parsha begins with the inauguration of the Mishkan, God’s “earthly dwelling...

Forgiving Shana

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Everyone loved Shana. In her quiet way, Shana would ask the girls to play jump rope or sardines at recess. She would spend time reading...

Hidden Good

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In the Torah reading for Shabbat Chol Hamoed, Moshe makes an interesting request.  He asks God: “Hareini na et kivodecha” (Exodus 33:18), which literally...

Real Freedom Fighters

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At our Seders we will recite, “We were slaves of Pharoah in Egypt,” and we will repeat the words “slaves” and “slavery” many times....

Useless Avi

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Eli was a tall, bright and athletic 12 year old. He threw the football like a pro, and he caught passes better than anyone...

Coming To Judaism

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In this week’s parasha, Bo, Moshe is instructed to approach Pharoah. The word, “Bo” is in the imperative form, denoting that a male is asked...