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Posted on: March 6th, 2014

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Rav Akiva Eiger questions why semicha is considered a mitzvas assei she’hazman gramma. While it is true that it must be performed during the daytime, this is not because the semicha per se cannot be performed by night.

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Posted on: March 6th, 2014

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Besides the lack of appreciation and understanding on the part of knesset Yisrael, Sefer Vayikra has been derided and held in contempt by the nations of the world and other religions.

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Posted on: February 28th, 2014

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Even if he has committed sins that warrant his rejection from the community, he is never rejected by G-d.

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Posted on: February 28th, 2014

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Like Dempsey and Gates, leaders must always be cognizant of the costs involved in their decisions – even when the costs are less than human life

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Posted on: February 28th, 2014

JudaismColumnsRabbi David Fohrman

How do the pieces of this puzzle come together to help us understand how the Torah builds together?

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Posted on: February 28th, 2014

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Pekudei is the Hebrew word for reckoning. One way of understanding the meaning of a word in the Torah is to analyze the first time it is found.

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Posted on: February 27th, 2014

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The Panim Yafos asks: since invariably one of the seven days of miluim must have been Shabbos, how was Moshe able to erect the Mishkan on Shabbos?

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Posted on: February 27th, 2014

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When a couple makes the conscious decision to have a baby, they use a system Hashem put into place to bring forth a child. They don’t claim to be knowledgeable enough in anatomy to synthesize the proteins needed for growth.

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Posted on: February 27th, 2014

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The Torah says (Exodus, chapter 28) several times v’nasa Aharon, Aharon was commanded to carry the responsibility of bnei Yisrael, represented by his wearing these garments. This was his masa, the koved, the heavy responsibility of being the intermediary between Hashem and the people. It is a difficult task indeed.

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Posted on: February 27th, 2014

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Readers who have kept up with this series since its inception will have noted a consistent emphasis on the role women have played in our rich heritage.

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Posted on: February 21st, 2014

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The Satan waits for opportunities to undo kedusha, particularly on erev Shabbos, when the potential to bring the Shechina into the world is great.

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Posted on: February 21st, 2014

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This exciting and daring video and challenges us to be more God-like in our actions.

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Posted on: February 21st, 2014

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The Torah's greatest manifestation of human creativity is the building of the Mishkan, which required human mastery over every creation.

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Posted on: February 20th, 2014

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The Torah specifies that the washbasin in the Mishkan was made of copper taken from the mirrors that the women brought as donations. Rashi explains that by telling us where the copper came from the Torah is teaching a significant lesson.

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Posted on: February 20th, 2014

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Rabbeinu Bachya points out that of all the materials that were donated to the building of the Mishkan, we do not find the inclusion of meshi (silk).

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Posted on: February 20th, 2014

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The difference between the intellectual and emotional approach to performing a mitzvah is most noticeable when analyzing the different approaches to giving charity. A person can readily comprehend and accept the intellectual rationale behind giving charity to the poor.

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Posted on: February 14th, 2014

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Granted, Hashem miraculously gave Betzalel unimaginable wisdom, but shouldn’t life-experience count for something?

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Posted on: February 14th, 2014

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King Achav reports back to his wife, Queen Izevel, thoroughly dejected. It seems Eliyahu has defeated them and their idolatrous practices. The nation would no longer worship Baal and return once again to serving Hashem. This threatened Achav and Izevel's entire hold on their kingdom.

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Posted on: February 14th, 2014

JudaismColumnsRabbi David Fohrman

The Jewish people commit the worst sin possible - worshiping a false god.

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Posted on: February 13th, 2014

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Klal Yisrael was living in the desert. They neither worked for a living nor had any use for money. All their needs were taken care of. They ate mon that was delivered to their tents daily. They drank water from the be’er, the rock that followed them in their journeys. Their clothes were washed by the Clouds of Glory, and their shoes never wore out. They didn’t need money and couldn’t use it. How could it become their downfall?

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