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Redeeming Relevance: Pesach’s Missing Eighth Day

Appreciate that Pesach is NOT meant to end on the seventh day, but at Shavuot. With that in mind, we need to work harder to accept making the days of sefirat ha-omer into days akin to chol ha-moed

Tefillah: A Meeting With Hashem – My Loving Master

5 Nisan 5777 – March 31, 2017
After living as slaves for so many years, we could now be transformed into avdei Hashem - Hashem's slaves.

The Supremacy Of Sacrifices

We have lost the idea of what it is to give ourselves to Hashem with totality and completeness.

Vayikra – With A Small Aleph

4 Nisan 5777 – March 30, 2017
So am I deserving of honor? The body I occupy sure is; just look at what it can do. But I am that little guy inside – small, insignificant, unimportant.

Voices Large & Small

Vayikra, "He called," ends with a mini-Aleph, teaching us that Moses could hear the Call because he learned at Sinai to listen to the other side of silence, the world's smaller sounds and the people he led

Vayikra: Can Leaders Make Mistakes?

2 Nisan 5777 – March 29, 2017
In this video, Rabbi Fohrman contrasts the Torah's perspective of power and justice to the philosophy of Richard Nixon's famous line - "When the president does it, it is not illegal."

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Vayikra: Ownership, Chametz and the Sacrificial Conundrum

There is likely some connection between the prohibition of chametz on the altar and the chametz which is more likely on our minds as we rid our homes of this most challenging foodstuff.

A New Year – Parshat HaChodesh

27 Adar 5777 – March 24, 2017
On Shabbat we will read of two events that took place on the first of Nisan.

Shabbos Mevorchim Nissan

The comfort and chizuk these wives offered their husbands, uplifting their morale, did not escape our all-seeing Father in heaven.

Parshat Vayakhel-Pikudei

Anyone from any tribe can rise to greatness so long as he or she has the vision, drive, and talent.

Where Are The Gedolim Today?

26 Adar 5777 – March 23, 2017
While this is a beautiful illustration of the giving nature of a tzaddik, there is as subtle message here: the man stole a spoon from the Chofetz Chaim. How was that possible?

Connecting To Ourselves

"The Lord settles lonely individuals into the House (Psalms 68:7)." His House that "dwells in the heart of each individual" is meant to provide a place for the lonely; those disconnected from themselves

Vayakhel – What Does It Mean To Be Created In The Image Of God?

Both the mishkan and Shabbat are in this week's parsha. What is the thematic, conceptual connection between the two?

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Vayakhel: A Surprise Leader

From the beginning of the building project, the financial and physical contribution of all Jews was sought. There was a need to show that the Torah’s tabernacle was where all Jews stand equal before God

Permanent Departure

19 Adar 5777 – March 17, 2017
The Red Cow which was completely burnes symbolizes the eradication of one's past.

The Message Buried In Snow

19 Adar 5777 – March 16, 2017
It is difficult to begin to do teshuvah as if the geula is imminent when we do not really think that it will happen.

Ki Tisa: Moshe’s Benevolent Chutzpah

In this video, Rabbi Fohrman focuses on a bizarre question that Moshe asks God, "Why God, should you be angry at your people?" and reminds us that God and the nation of Israel are attached by destiny

For The Love Of Money

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.

From Linear To Spatial

Directing us in the right direction like a compass, teachings on the Parshat Ki Tisa from Rabbi Weinberg

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Ki Tissa: Prayer and the Jewish Mission

Paradoxically, the sin of the calf ended up strengthening Moshe and the Jewish people with a new consciousness.

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