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Posted on: January 24th, 2014

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On this Shabbos Parshas Mishpatim, we bentch Shabbos Mevorchim Adar Rishon, Rosh Chodesh falling on Friday and Shabbos (January 31 and February 1). Mishenichnas Adar Marbin B’Simcha – with the beginning of Adar rejoicing is increased… by virtue of an extra Adar, our jubilation is extended this year.

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Posted on: January 24th, 2014

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G-d, accordingly, is encouraging Moshe to not just focus on reaching the top of the spiritual mountain but remaining there as well, thus fully capitalizing on his gains.

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Posted on: January 24th, 2014

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Once a person receives it, he becomes personally attached to the one who gave it to him - so attached that now he will view that person's position as his own... and a person does not see his own faults!

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Posted on: January 24th, 2014

JudaismColumnsRabbi David Fohrman

Worse, a female child, being sold by her parents!

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Posted on: January 24th, 2014

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One can serve with his or her hands or feet, but how does one serve with one's heart?

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Posted on: January 23rd, 2014

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In Parshas Mishpatim, the Torah delineates various prohibitions and punishments. With regard to stealing, we see something unusual.

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Posted on: January 23rd, 2014

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This week’s parshah contains the source for the halacha of following the rov (majority). The pasuk states: “acharei rabbim lehatos.” The Gemara in Chullin 11a says that this pasuk is referring to the Sanhedrin where the halacha follows the majority opinion of the judges.

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Posted on: January 17th, 2014

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We specifically use our legs to celebrate to demonstrate our new completeness.

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Posted on: January 17th, 2014

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The idea that those who are handicapped have a place in Judaism is fundamental to Torah.

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Posted on: January 17th, 2014

JudaismColumnsRabbi David Fohrman

The nation and God are 'married.'

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Posted on: January 16th, 2014

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In the Aseres Ha’Dibros we are told Hashem pays back the wicked for four generations and the righteous for two thousand generations. Rashi explains the ratio of two thousand to four comes out to be five hundred to one. This teaches us the measure of good to bad in the world is five hundred to one.

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Posted on: January 16th, 2014

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The Ramban writes in Parshas Yisro that the luchos were divided into two categories: the first side was mitzvos bein adam lamakom, and the second side contained mitzvos bein adam lachaveiro. The Ramban adds that the mitzvah of kibud av v’eim is on the first side because it is indeed a mitzvah bein adam lamakom.

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Posted on: January 10th, 2014

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First let us explain what shira is. Rav Shimshon Pinkus zt”l writes (She’arim B’Tefila, page 65) that shira is when we relate praises in a detailed manner, as opposed to zimra, where we praise in a more general way.

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Posted on: January 10th, 2014

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Although the Torah often points out the infinite value of every human life, this week's parshah gives a clear message about the value of Jewish life. We are told that no one will be permitted to murder Jews with impunity.

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Posted on: January 10th, 2014

JudaismColumnsRabbi David Fohrman

Why did Miriam lead the women of the nation in a second song?

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Posted on: January 9th, 2014

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After months of witnessing the hand of Hashem, the entire Jewish nation – three million strong – marched out from slavery to freedom with flourish and fanfare.

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Posted on: January 9th, 2014

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There is a machlokes Rishonim regarding the halacha that women are obligated in mitzvos that af ha’im hayu b’osah haneis.

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Posted on: January 3rd, 2014

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That was G-d's original request, that Moshe "please" speak to the people and request that they borrow and share with their own friends - their fellow Jews, and demonstrate fraternity and devotion.

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Posted on: January 2nd, 2014

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There is a question as to whether darkness is its literal meaning, or if it is simply the absence of light. The fact that light overcomes darkness is not an indication that darkness is merely a lack of light.

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Posted on: December 27th, 2013

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The month of Shevat, according to the Sefer Yetzirah, is associated with the letter tzaddik. A Tzaddik is, literally, a righteous person, one who eats to live, to have the energy to serve the Ribono shel Olam – versus the gluttonous, insatiable kind that live to eat, to satisfy their corporeal cravings.

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