Tag Archives: torah

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What Does it Mean to be a Jew? Yehuda, Yosef and God’s Hidden Plan

“Vayigash eilav Yehudah, Then Yehudah approached him…” (Breishit 44:18) One of the names that the Jewish people are known by is “Yehudim”. Our sages teach us that the word “Yehudim” comes from…

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Don’t Just Stand There – do Something Holy

“You shall not stand by [the shedding of] your fellow’s blood. I am Hashem.” Lev. 19:16 I was driving on cold morning down the highway in New Jersey and a car ahead…

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Acting With Godliness

The Torah tells us in Parsha Mishpatim, that we are to “Distance yourself from falsehood.” (Ex. 23:7) No other transgression, said Rabbi Simcha Bunim of Przysucha, has this commandment. What…

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Ben Ish Chai: The Miraculous Light of Hanukka

The Mitzvah is a candle and the Torah is light. The word Hanukka can be divided into two words חנו , כ”ה The miracle of the light appeared on the…

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Our Rightful Place: Parashat Ki Teitze

“During these days leading up to Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, we owe it to ourselves to help God restore our soul to its rightful place.” My Torah commentary on…

Torah in Translation

Just before he passes away, Moses gathers the Jewish people together to offer an explanation of the entire Torah. Rashi, the medieval French commentator notes that Moses taught the Torah…