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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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Moses takes his leave of Jethro.
 

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.

Rav Soloveitchik
 

Posted on: December 27th, 2013

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Moshe's name would forever remind him of the kindness that Pharaoh's daughter did for him by taking him out of the Nile, and serve as a lodestar to him as he interacts with his people.

Pharaoh and Moses
 

Posted on: December 27th, 2013

JudaismColumnsRabbi David Fohrman

How could He do such a thing?

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Posted on: December 26th, 2013

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In this week’s parshah (Shemos 6:6) Hashem tells Moshe to tell the Bnei Yisrael the four leshonos of geulah: v’hotzeisi, v’hitzalti, v’ga’alti, and v’lakachti. The Mishnah in Pesachim 99b says that a poor man should be given four cups of wine, even from money that is allotted for tzedakah. Rashi there quotes a Yerushalmi in Pesachim that cites Rabbi Yochanan’s opinion that the four cups of wine that we are commanded to drink at the Pesach Seder correspond to the four leshonos of geulah as mentioned above.

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Posted on: December 26th, 2013

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Before each person is born, he is predestined for certain abilities and talents, a particular level of intelligence, and an exact disposition and temperament. At the end of his days, he will be compared to what he could have become. How far did he grow? How much did he accomplish with the tools given to him? This system is subjective. How much of his potential did he fulfill?

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Posted on: December 20th, 2013

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This week we begin reading sefer and parshas Shemos. The parshah begins with the words “v’eileh shemos bnei Yisrael habaim Mitzraimah.”

Pharaohs daughter
 

Posted on: December 20th, 2013

JudaismColumnsRabbi David Fohrman

We need to put ourselves into the eyes of Pharaoh's daughter.

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Posted on: December 19th, 2013

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When Moshe came of age, he went out to visit his brothers, to share in their suffering. What he saw caused him great anguish.

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