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Parshat Vayeishev

23 Kislev 5773 – December 6, 2012
Most people remember where they were when they heard the news that Osama Bin Laden had been killed and justice delivered. Many books have already been written about the ten-year search for him, the decision to launch the mission and the actual attack on his compound in Abbottabad. While every aspect of this story is fascinating, I would like to focus on one specific area: Why were the Navy SEALs chosen to execute the mission? When the mission was being planned it was hardly a done deal that the SEALs would be selected as opposed to the CIA’s own paramilitary unit.[1]

Rebuke: The Malpractice Of A Mitzvah

11 Iyyar 5772 – May 2, 2012
According to the Targum, it appears that if Reuven ate a ham sandwich and I didn’t rebuke him, I would be punished for his sin. This seems difficult to understand. Why should I be punished for his sin? At most, you might argue that if I was capable of rebuking him and didn’t, I would be responsible for the sin of not rebuking him. But how do I become responsible for the sin he perpetrated? He transgressed it; I didn’t.

Parshas Vayakhel – Princes Indeed

24 Adar 5767 – March 14, 2007
"V'Hanesi'im haviu es Avnei HaShoham v'es Avnei HaMiluim (Shemos 35:27) - And the princes [of the Jews] brought the shoham stones and the miluim stones."

Parshat Chayei Sarah

24 Heshvan 5767 – November 15, 2006
It's hard to imagine life without them, and yet they almost never came into being.

Parshat Chayei Sarah

It's hard to imagine life without them, and yet they almost never came into being.

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