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Naso: A Donation Of Incense

Parshas Naso is notable for its length, and its length is notable for its redundancy. The Torah minces no words, and therefore we understand that the repetition in the description of the Mishkan's inaugural service is purposeful and laden with meaning. Rabbi Avigdor Miller, zt”l, explains that this is a reflection on the importance and centrality of the Mishkan.

Bamidbar: A Unique Awareness Of Hashem

The Generation of the Wilderness was unique in the history of Israel, as Rabbi Avigdor Miller, zt”l, explains concerning the first verse of Bamidbar. Israel was slated for a special mission in the world, and this mission was begun with a special forty-year inauguration in which Israel gained an intense and unmatched closeness to Hashem.

OECD Raises Israel Economic Growth Estimate

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) raised its 2012 economic growth estimate for Israel to 3.2 percent, up from its November estimate of 2.9 percent.

Moody’s Downgrades Israeli Banks’ Outlook to Negative

The Moody's credit rating agency lowered its outlook for the credit rating of Israel's banking system from stable to "negative," due to the economic...

Insights From The Plague Of Leprosy

Although the tzoraas affliction is no more in contemporary times, it teaches lessons that are eternal. Rabbi Avigdor Miller, zt”l, explains that foremost among these lessons is the greatness of Torah leaders and their wisdom. Another lesson: The opportunity the affliction presented to the afflicted for repentance and seld-improvement.

Pesach: Splitting The Sea

The miraculous splitting of the Sea of Reeds was one of the pinnacles of Israel’s closeness to Hashem. It raises a question, though: Why? Hashem typically hides His presence somewhat, conducting the world in a discrete way and never revealing His presence so openly. As Rabbi Avigdor Miller, zt”l, explains, this spectacle on the Sea of Reeds was performed with two great purposes in mind.

Tzav: Holiness And Eating

The evil inclination likes to tempt us to indulge in material delights. It is important to know that these delights may have another purpose, too: kedushah (holiness).

Bank of Israel 2011 Report: Economy Grew by 4.7%, Dealt Successfully with Significant Difficulties

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: "The Israeli economy grew more than most Western economies, almost 2.5 times the OECD average...In contrast to the collapsing economies around us, Israel's credit rating was upgraded last year."

Vayakhel/Pekudei: The Devotion Of Women

Despite the intense suffering of slavery in Egypt, it was there that Israel became a nation – not just in the spiritual sense, but in the physical sense: it was there that our numbers swelled. This is to the credit of the Jewish women, who despite their oppression at the hands of Egypt relentlessly encouraged the growth of Israel. This provides a glimpse of the greatness of the Jewish women of that generation. Likewise in our times, it is the Jewish woman’s selfless devotion to service of Hashem that builds and sustains Israel.

Israel’s Exports to Asia Surpass Exports to US For First Time

The Israel Export Research Institute reported that from October 2011 to January 2012, the US share of Israeli exports had drastically declined as compared to the same period the year before. In contrast, Israel's exports to the Asian market have seen healthy growth, with an increase of 9% over the same period, totaling $3.1 billion.

Tetzaveh: Honor And Beauty

The wardrobe Hashem designed for those who served in his Mishkan served not only to distinguish them but also to impress upon them the importance and significance of the service for which Hashem had selected them. Clothing itself is a form of serving Hashem.

Israel: World’s Safest Place to Invest

Israel is the most likely country in the developed world to provide riskless returns on investments, according to a report in Bloomberg Businessweek.

2012 Sees Lowest Number of IDF Recruits

The IDF website reports a decline in the number of army recruits this year, pinning the lowest recruitment rate in eight years on slower...

Mishpatim: Holy Lifestyle

“And men of holiness you shall be to me, and you shall not eat meat in the field of a torn carcass (22:30). The expression “to Me” means “men of holiness that are Mine.” By being holy, they become close to Hashem.

Chronicles Of Crises In Our Communities

Readers weigh in on “A Well-Meaning Outsider” (Chronicles 01-06-2012)

Beshalach: Hashem’s Mighty Works

“And Hashem turned back the sea by a strong east-wind all the night” (14:21). The wind was entirely unnecessary, for it was naturally unable...

Slow, Steady Growth

After three-plus years of economic challenge and uncertainty, we remain anxious for positive news, the kind that will finally let us believe the worst is fully behind us. Unfortunately, the outlook for the 2012 global economy remains uninspiring: recession in Europe, anemic growth in the U.S. and a sharp slowdown in China and other emerging-market economies all weigh on economist forecasts.

Bo: That You Should Know

“For I have made heavy his heart and the heart of his servants in order that I should put these signs of mine in his midst and in order that you should relate in the ears of your son and your son’s son how I dealt with Egypt, and you should know that I am Hashem” (10:1-2).

Va’eira: The Names Of Israel

“And Amram took Yocheved.... And she bore to him Aharon and Moshe” (6:20). The names that were given in Egypt were not repetitions of previous names but were original expressions of genuine devotion to Hashem.

Vayigash: Kindness Amid Suffering

Hashem’s kindness is limitless, and even when He administers judgment, it is tempered with kindness.

Toldos: And They Called His Name Eisav

At a thing’s inception, it contains the potential for both good and bad. This applies also to our forefathers.

Noach: Vengeance For Israel

The world before the Flood was starkly different from the world today (as even science will attest), and the destruction of the world under a layer of boiling water was an event without parallel in nature or history.

Title: Stages of Spiritual Growth

For today's Jew seeking to grow spiritually, there's mussar, and then there is modern psychology. Armed with 20th century research on how behaviors develop and how humans create internal change, today's Jewish do-gooder has an arsenal of tools beyond Pirkei Avos and the mussar masters to work on problems like, say, gossiping or overeating.

Title: The First Ten Days: A down to earth guide to the Days of...

Blow your mind bigger and better as you improve upon preconceived ideas about the High Holidays. This slim paperback holds 87 pages full of wisdom, insight, and keys to personal improvement!

Title: The BIG Picture: 36 Sessions to Intellectual and Spiritual Clarity

The BIG Picture: 36 Sessions to Intellectual and Spiritual Clarity deserves to sell at least as many copies as the Tanach. It's a classroom for spiritual growth.

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