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Posted on: August 11th, 2016

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This strange equivalence between Hashem (the omnipotent King of kings) and a mere mortal monarch seems to imply that human beings are never really their own masters. They are always either the servants of Hashem or of Pharaoh.

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Posted on: August 9th, 2016

JudaismParshaRedeeming Relevance / Rabbi Francis Nataf

An obstacle to understanding Devarim is thinking of it as a book. Devarim literally means “[spoken] words” and should therefore be primarily considered in its 'orality'

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Posted on: August 5th, 2016

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The Gemara (Brachos 30a) states that when a person prays he should always include himself as part of the community.

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Posted on: August 5th, 2016

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Although the nation was excited about entering the Promised Land, first and foremost they were glad to be out of the clutches of their nefarious oppressors.

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Posted on: August 4th, 2016

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These 3 weeks require us to remember the great events and those on the fringe of memory. Caring for the distant and the forgotten--people and memories--will bring the redemption and rebuilding of our Nation,

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Posted on: August 4th, 2016

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Any judgment becomes a balance – how much rachamim and how much din?

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Posted on: August 4th, 2016

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The sefer Harirai Kedem suggests a different understanding of the machlokes.

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Posted on: August 4th, 2016

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The Torah is not just a list of laws and stories, So, how does the travel log in parshat Masei teach us some sort of timeless lesson?

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Posted on: August 3rd, 2016

JudaismParshaRedeeming Relevance / Rabbi Francis Nataf

Why did Moshe include part of Menashe together with Gad and Reuven in the Transjordanian settlement?

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Posted on: July 29th, 2016

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He implored the talmid to come up with a way he could return the money without implicating himself.

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Posted on: July 29th, 2016

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In politics as in business, the ability to deliver matters.

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Posted on: July 28th, 2016

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Being examined by a doctor was causing his patients to be nervous, and that was contributing to the rise in their blood pressure.

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Posted on: July 28th, 2016

JudaismParshaThe 10 Minute Parsha

In last week's parsha, it looks like the people finally began to trust in God. But now, suddenly, idolatry? What happened? How did the people fail so quickly?

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Posted on: July 28th, 2016

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Pinchas fulfilled the halacha of kana’im pogim bo whereby a kana’i (zealot) is granted permission to kill people performing specific aveiros.

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Posted on: July 26th, 2016

JudaismParshaRedeeming Relevance / Rabbi Francis Nataf

The fact it was specifically Midianite and Moabite women involved with Jewish men {Moshe and men involved with Ba'al Peor) shows that an existential bond existed between these nations and Israel.

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Posted on: July 22nd, 2016

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It is only G-d’s Hand in guarding our continued existence and our dedication to Torah that has allowed us to endure.

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Posted on: July 21st, 2016

JudaismParshaThe 10 Minute Parsha

For the first time in a while, the main characters of the parsha--Bilaam and Balak-- are NOT the people of Israel.

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Posted on: July 21st, 2016

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Our worst enemy convinces us that we can only be led from the top, rather than recognize that a real leader lifts up each individual so that he can stand with him in the heavens

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Posted on: July 21st, 2016

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How is it possible that anyone could see Pinchas as anything other than a hero?

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Posted on: July 20th, 2016

JudaismParshaRedeeming Relevance / Rabbi Francis Nataf

Bilaam not only doesn't appear to be great, he seems to be base as well as foolish (outsmarted by his own donkey!). So how can the midrash claim he was really at least as great a prophet as Moshe?

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