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Parashat Ki Tavo 5783

“Strive, Don’t Give Up.” This portion Ki Tavo contains many treasures from which I would like to present a few central themes: The first theme: the Israelites were invited to remember His Divine protection, at all times, going from a past that they didn’t know when it says that an Aramaean wanted to kill their […]

Parashat Ki Tetze 5783

“What has Happened to Human Rights”? This week’s haftarah portion for us is Isaiah 52:13 – 54: 10. Just as a note of interest, our sages removed chapter 53 from the weekly readings due to its controversial nature. It clearly speaks about a figure who we Jewish people have had trouble understanding because of the […]

Parashat Shoftim 5783

Can we Change the World? In 1789 France, the conflict between the French Revolution and the Catholic Church resulted in the separation of church and state and the supremacy of the state prevailed.  In 1863 USA, democracy was described by President Abraham Lincoln as a “Government of the people, by the people and for the […]

Parashat Re’eh 5783

Do We Have Eyes? Let’s Use Them. This week’s portion, Re’eh describes various topics that are related to sight – to seeing, in other words, “perceiving and correctly interpreting the light waves that we receive”; we make decisions according to what we see. According to modern science, vision occurs when light is processed by the […]

Parashat Ekev 5783

Taken from Rabbi’s message 23 Av 5778 Let us “Dig in our Heels” (ekev) In Parashat Ekev, Moshe is reminding the Israelites about the intense training that they had gone through during their 40 years in the desert.  The main desire of our Creator was to teach them and us principles by which to live […]

Parashat Devarim 5783

Are we being a good example for the next generation? Our parashah begins with “Ehle ha Devarim – These are the Words”. The subject “Who wrote Devarim?” (Words), the last of the five books of the Torah, is much debated by our sages.  Some believe that it was written by Moshe alone but these types […]

Parashat Matot Masei 5783

26 Tammuz What is the Source of Living Water? In this week’s Haftarah portion, we read: “My people have committed two sins: They have abandoned me, the Source of Living Water, and they have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that hold no water.” (Jeremiah 2:13)  I learned this lesson firsthand when I was about […]