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Falling, But Never Fallen

10 Iyyar 5777 – May 5, 2017
When we improve our shemiras Shabbos, we are taking steps to bring redemption and Moshiach closer.

Systems Of Human Perfection

9 Iyyar 5777 – May 4, 2017
Hashem imprinted into the essence of each animal all the instincts necessary for its survival as well as for the continuation of its species.

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Kedoshim: The Ten Commandments’ New Spin

With the 10 Commandments, G-d is described as the One who took the Jews out of Egypt. In Parshat Kedoshim, He is described simply as being "holy." Both phrases set the tone for the list that follows.

When Earth Touches Heaven – Constant Contact

8 Iyyar 5777 – May 3, 2017
Shabbat, when we separate ourselves from so much of our earthly concerns and focus on our highest aspirations, we find the holiness that allows our earth to rise so high as to kiss the heavens.

The Art Of Instruction

3 Iyyar 5777 – April 28, 2017
It was not enough for the Kohen to offer his ruling; he also had to instruct and guide.

Warning: Lashon Hara Kills

2 Iyyar 5777 – April 27, 2017
As great as he was, and as much as he accepted every word of the Torah as completely true, on some level it wasn’t 100 percent real to him.

Shabbos Rental

Use of the hall on Motzaei Shabbos is a separate rental that carries an additional $250 payment. You were supposed to notify me if you wanted to use the hall also on Motzaei Shabbos.

Betwixt & Between

We approach Yom Ha'atzmaut, celebrating a generation that experienced absolute evil yet was still able to join together without distinctions and build a vibrant country, thriving because it welcomes others who live betwixt and between, politically, spiritually and religiously

The Integrated Religious Life

. . Few texts seem less philosophically promising at first glance than a pasuk in this week's parsha “anything that a zav lies on becomes tamei” (Vayikra 15:4)

Tazria: The Bizarre Purification of the Metzora

In this week's parsha, we are introduced to a strange set of laws related to the metzora, one afflicted with tzara'at. How do we relate to such laws?

Parshat Shemini

26 Nisan 5777 – April 21, 2017
Leaders have to make many difficult decisions - decisions that affect, often negatively, other people.

Inversely Proportional Punishment

Commentators differ as to what exactly was the sin of Nadav and Avihu and why they deserved what on the surface appears to be a wildly disproportional punishment for their 'minor' infraction

Food For The Soul

25 Nisan 5777 – April 20, 2017
The nefesh habahami on the other hand is comprised of the base instincts necessary for survival.

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Shemini: The Price of Holiness

The Meshech Chochmah states that had Israel not sinned with the golden calf, God would not have punished Aharon’s sons so severely.

Shemini: Why Did God Reject Nadav and Avihu

This week's parsha discusses the sudden and disturbing death of two of Aharon's sons, Nadav and Avihu

Being Like Hashem

19 Nisan 5777 – April 14, 2017
He didn’t choose to be kind. He didn’t want to feel the pain of others. In fact, he tried his best to squelch this sensitivity.

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Shmini: When Intelligence is Not Enough

In commenting on the story of Nadav and Avihu, Aharon’s two sons who died while presenting a fire offering to God, Rashi does something...

Talk The Talk Vs. Walk The Walk

11 Nisan 5777 – April 6, 2017
The mitzvah is called sippur yetzias Mitzrayim – telling the story of how Hashem took us out of Egypt. Why is there an emphasis on the telling?

Pesach – Season Of Emunah

He feels joy in his heart as he revels in the abundance of his bumper crop. And then he looks out at his neighbor’s field. Meager. Undergrown. Spotty.

Tzav: What Does It Mean To Survive?

In this week's video, we explore a section of Talmud that teaches about the 4 individuals who would bring a Thanksgiving sacrifice - but one of these four doesn't belong. Who is it?

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