Torah Commentary

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...

Yet To Be

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It was simple and easy in the beginning. I was born Jewish. Since our wedding, however, my wife and I have affiliated with and...