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Korach: Rejecting Israel’s Leaders

2 Tammuz 5776 – July 7, 2016
We’ve seen Israel complain over and over, but never before have they tried to undermine and dispose of their leaders. Join us as we...

From The Outside Looking In

I definitely don't want even those who hurt me to be swallowed up by the earth, but I do wish a different place for them, just enough displacement for them to able to objectively look at themselves.

Parshat Shelach

26 Sivan 5776 – July 1, 2016
The "enemy" has a mind of its own.

Shelach: How Can I Trust God When I Don’t See Him?

How could the spies have doubted God? How could they have sinned so egregiously?

I Spy

There were far too many consequences of their rejection of "super" vision, and they understood the price of choosing to not see, epitomized by the spies "not seeing" their destiny in Israel.

The Power Of The Spoken Word

25 Sivan 5776 – June 30, 2016
Clearly, they were lacking in bitachon. Their faith in Hashem was deficient. But they weren’t guilty of speaking lashon hara.

The Mekoshesh Eitzim

If that is the case, though – if a mechallel Shabbos is toned because he is like one who is ovdei avodah zarah – why, Rav Akiva Eiger asks, is a person who desecrates Shabbos in private stoned?

Redeeming Relevance: The Desert Bubble: Parshat Shelach

The incident of the spies was a completely new and problematic transgression, it was not toward the rarified wilderness, but rather toward the earthly existence promised in the Land of Israel.

Who Was Zerubavel?

19 Sivan 5776 – June 24, 2016
No matter how bleak things seem to be, Hashem never give up on us.

Parashat Behaalotecha: Summer Vacation

We are bound by G-d’s laws when we are in yeshiva, at home, in the synagogue, in the office, at a social event, or on vacation.

Hating The Jews

18 Sivan 5776 – June 23, 2016
To gain power or distract the population from their suffering, a monarch would look for a place to put the blame.

Almost Exact

But even after one follows all of the rules and performs the mitzvah correctly, the essential part is that we adhered to Hashem’s command and performed His will.

BEHA’ALOTECHA: Can I Be Vulnerable with G-d?

How can we understand, and relate, to the Children of Israel, a seemingly ungrateful, chutzpadik nation as it crosses the desert?

The Dark Clouds

17 Sivan 5776 – June 22, 2016
Moses acted properly in his role of prophet. He failed in his role as a husband; he did not see Tziporah's suffering, her black cloud.

Redeeming Relevance: The Wisdom of Withdrawal: Parshat Behaalotecha

If Moshe was the greatest man that ever lived, his silent partner Tzipporah deserves much of the credit for it.

The Guiding Staff

12 Sivan 5776 – June 17, 2016
The Malbim explains that when G-d asked Moshe what was in his hand he was testing him. He was essentially asking Moshe to define how he viewed his role as leader.

I Never Do Anything Wrong

11 Sivan 5776 – June 16, 2016
So on both sides of the spectrum, the yetzer hara either should be unable to convince the person it is permitted – or it shouldn’t need to do any convincing.

Certainly Doubtful

Why don’t we require the nazir to start his term again and why doesn’t the regular person who enters the Mikdash receive a punishment?

Naso: Adding Godliness To Our Lives

In Parshat Naso, we are introduced to what seems like a hodgepodge of miscellaneous laws. Why is the Torah bringing these up together?

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Naso: Holy Negativity is Still Negativity

Enjoyment of God’s world always comes with some innate meaning – something which is lacking in the case of abstinence, the case of the Nazir.

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