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Parshat Mishpatim

24 Shevat 5774 – January 24, 2014
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.

Who’s To Judge?

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!

Mishpatim: Female Servitude… Wait, What?

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

Prayer and Action: the Integral Connection

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

Our Creator’s Infinite Love

23 Shevat 5774 – January 23, 2014
In Parshas Mishpatim, the Torah delineates various prohibitions and punishments. With regard to stealing, we see something unusual.

Must We Check For Treifos?

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.

Parshas Yisro

17 Shevat 5774 – January 17, 2014
We specifically use our legs to celebrate to demonstrate our new completeness.

Inclusiveness at the Foot of Sinai

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

Learning To Enjoy This World

16 Shevat 5774 – January 16, 2014
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.

The Nature Of The Mitzvah Of Kibud Av V’eim

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.

Shabbos: A Day With Hashem – A Shabbos of Shira

10 Shevat 5774 – January 10, 2014
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.

Jewish Blood Is Not Cheap

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.

Beshalach: What Does It Mean to Have Faith?

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

The Merit Of Trusting Hashem

9 Shevat 5774 – January 9, 2014
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.

Must Women Eat Three Meals On Shabbos?

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

‘From A Friend’

3 Shevat 5774 – January 3, 2014
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.

What Is Darkness?

2 Shevat 5774 – January 2, 2014
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.

Shabbos Mevorchim Shevat

25 Tevet 5774 – December 27, 2013
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.

Parshat Vaeira

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.

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