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Purim And The Joy Of Life

12 Adar II 5774 – March 13, 2014
Born in 1933, Sheldon Adelson was the son of Ukrainian immigrants. His father drove a taxi and his mother ran a knitting shop. He grew up in one of the poorest sections of Boston. But even as a young boy he showed great ambition, first selling newspapers on the street corner, and then running his first business at the age of twelve. He went on to build over fifty businesses, eventually owning the Venetian Sands Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. He became a very wealthy man.

Bringing Korbanos Today

If a korban chatas cannot be brought as a nedavah, how can one read the parshah of the korban chatas if he is not certain that he is obligated to bring one?

Korban Oleh VeYored

6 Adar II 5774 – March 7, 2014
Sometimes, like the tamei individual who must stay away from the Mikdash, we have our limits and disabilities, and we must remember not to attempt those goals which are beyond our reach.

Shabbos: A Day With Hashem – The Royal Witness

Such a misunderstanding would render our words worthless, for we would not be declaring that Hashem is truly the Master of the Universe.

Vayikra – With A Small Aleph

5 Adar II 5774 – March 6, 2014
Operating the crane is Joe. Joe is overweight and a chain smoker. Another worker approaches Joe and says, “Joe, look at you! 80 pounds overweight, smoking two packs of cigarettes a day. You must do something about your health. Go the gym, work out, and get in shape.”

The Capacity to Change

Esther's name, which means “hidden,” reminds us that at the outset she hides her Jewish identity.

Women’s Involvement In Korbanos

Rav Akiva Eiger questions why semicha is considered a mitzvas assei she’hazman gramma. While it is true that it must be performed during the daytime, this is not because the semicha per se cannot be performed by night.

Introduction To Toras Kohanim

Besides the lack of appreciation and understanding on the part of knesset Yisrael, Sefer Vayikra has been derided and held in contempt by the nations of the world and other religions.

Parshas Pekudei – Shekalim: Forge On

29 Adar I 5774 – February 28, 2014
Even if he has committed sins that warrant his rejection from the community, he is never rejected by G-d.

Parshat Pikudei

Like Dempsey and Gates, leaders must always be cognizant of the costs involved in their decisions – even when the costs are less than human life

Pekudei: a Giant Chiasm in Sefer Shmot

How do the pieces of this puzzle come together to help us understand how the Torah builds together?

The Mishkan as Symbol of Dreams and Aspirations

Pekudei is the Hebrew word for reckoning. One way of understanding the meaning of a word in the Torah is to analyze the first time it is found.

Was The Mishkan Built On Shabbos?

28 Adar I 5774 – February 27, 2014
The Panim Yafos asks: since invariably one of the seven days of miluim must have been Shabbos, how was Moshe able to erect the Mishkan on Shabbos?

Columbus Discovered America; Hashem Invented It

When a couple makes the conscious decision to have a baby, they use a system Hashem put into place to bring forth a child. They don’t claim to be knowledgeable enough in anatomy to synthesize the proteins needed for growth.

For Honor And Glory

The Torah says (Exodus, chapter 28) several times v’nasa Aharon, Aharon was commanded to carry the responsibility of bnei Yisrael, represented by his wearing these garments. This was his masa, the koved, the heavy responsibility of being the intermediary between Hashem and the people. It is a difficult task indeed.

Shabbos Mevorchim Adar II

Readers who have kept up with this series since its inception will have noted a consistent emphasis on the role women have played in our rich heritage.

V’asu Li Mikdash

22 Adar I 5774 – February 21, 2014
The Satan waits for opportunities to undo kedusha, particularly on erev Shabbos, when the potential to bring the Shechina into the world is great.

Vayakhel: What Does It Mean To Be Tzelem Elokim?

This exciting and daring video and challenges us to be more God-like in our actions.

God at the Core

The Torah's greatest manifestation of human creativity is the building of the Mishkan, which required human mastery over every creation.

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