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Rabbi Eli Scheller

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Not So Fast!

Not So Fast!

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I instructed your judges at that time, saying, "Listen among your brethren and judge righteously between a man and his brother or his ...


The Grass is Greener on the Other Side

The Grass is Greener on the Other Side

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Moshe wrote their going forth according to their journeys at the bidding of Hashem, and these were their journeys according to their going forth. ...


See the Light!

See the Light!

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If a man takes a vow to Hashem... (Num. 30:3) Our sages tell us that one who makes a vow is a sinner.(1) However, the Midrash (2) states that it ...


How To Influence Others

How To Influence Others

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The name of the slain Israelite man who was slain with the Midianite woman was Zimri son of Salu, leader of a father's house Simeonites. (Num. ...


Competing With the Contractor

Competing With the Contractor

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Bilaam arose in the morning and saddled his she-donkey and went with the officers of Moab. (Num. 22:13) For a man of Bilaam's stature to saddle ...


Generously Stingy

Generously Stingy

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This is the decree of the Torah... (Num. 19:2) This week's Torah portion begins, "This is the statute of the Torah," and proceeds to ...


Blinded!

Blinded!

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Korach son of Izhar son of Kehas son of Levi took... (Num. 13:27) Korach possessed many outstanding qualities. He hailed from a distinguished ...


You're a Great Guy, But...

You're a Great Guy, But...

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But - the people that dwells in the land is powerful... (Num. 13:28) On the surface it appears that the spies did nothing wrong in describing what ...


"Speak Lower, I Can't Hear You"

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He (God) said, "Please hear my words..." (Num. 12:6) Miriam and Aharon spoke lashon hara, derogatory speech, against Moshe. Although ...


Out-Of-Order

Out-Of-Order

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The Children of Israel shall encamp, each man by his banner according to the insignias of their fathers’ household… (2:2) This ...


On Leadership: Leading a Nation of Individuals

On Leadership: Leading a Nation of Individuals

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Judaism’s remarkable insistence – like no other civilization before – on the dignity and integrity of the individual.


Slow Down!!

Slow Down!!

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But if you will not listen to Me and will not perform all of these commandments… I will assign upon you panic. (Lev. 26:14) God warns, ...


Remain Sedated or Get Persuaded

Remain Sedated or Get Persuaded

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I will ordain my blessing for you in the sixth year and it will yield a crop sufficient for the three year period. (Lev. 25:21) The Midrash states ...


The Creator & Sustainer

The Creator & Sustainer

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Speak to the children of Israel and say to them: God's appointed festivals… For six days labor may be done, and the seventh day is a day of ...


Improving Your Reproving

Improving Your Reproving

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You shall reprove your fellow and do not bear a sin because of him. (Lev. 19:17) The Talmud (1) teaches that one must reprove over and over, even ...


Knowing Is Not Enough!

Knowing Is Not Enough!

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Hashem spoke to Moshe after the death of Aharon's two sons… Speak to Aaron, your brother - he shall not come at all times into the sanctuary, ...


"You Think I'm Bad?!..."

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If he is poor and his means are not sufficient... (Lev. 14:21) The offerings of a wealthy and poor man are not equal - they are only required to ...


Speech - Use It, Don't Abuse It

Speech - Use It, Don't Abuse It

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If a tzaraas affliction will be in a person... (Lev. 13:9) Lashon hara (negative speech) is a very serious sin and results in the transgressor ...


Kind To All Kinds

Kind To All Kinds

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These shall you abominate from among the birds, they may not be eaten - they are an abomination: the Chassidah. (Lev. 11:13) Among the non-kosher ...


It's a Miracle!

It's a Miracle!

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This is the law of the feast peace-offering that one will offer to Hashem: If he shall offer it for a thanksgiving-offering... (Lev. 7:11) When ...


Seeing is Believing

Seeing is Believing

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Speak to the Children of Israel and say to them: When a man among you brings an offering to Hashem… Vayikra deals with the offerings one ...


Where Are You Coming From??

Where Are You Coming From??

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Moshe gathered the entire assembly of the children of Israel… The entire assembly of the children of Israel left Moshe's presence. (Ex. ...


The Day of Opportunity

The Day of Opportunity

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However, you must observe my Shabbos, for it is a sign between Me and you for your generations, to know that I am Hashem, Who makes you holy. (Ex. ...


We Expect Respect

We Expect Respect

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You shall make on its (mantle) hem pomegranates of turquoise, purple, and scarlet wool, on its hem all around, and gold bells between them, all ...


In Proportion to Exertion

In Proportion to Exertion

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Shoham stones and stones for the settings, for the Ephod and the Breastplate. (Ex. 25:7) The people were asked to contribute materials for the ...


Don't Wait. Donate!

Don't Wait. Donate!

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If you take your fellow's garment as security, until sunset shall you return it to him. ...so it will be that if he cries out to Me, I shall listen, ...


United or Untied

United or Untied

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And Israel encamped there, opposite the mountain. (Ex. 19:2) In the Pesach Haggadah it states, "Had He (God) brought us before Har Sinai, but ...


The Appreciation of a Nation

The Appreciation of a Nation

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It happened on the seventh day that some of the people went out to gather, and they did not find. (Ex. 16:27) After Moses said that no manna would ...


Different Strokes for Different Folks

Different Strokes for Different Folks

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And so that you may relate in the ears of your son and your son's son that I made mockery of Egypt and my signs that I placed among them - that you ...


One Size DOES NOT Fit All !

One Size DOES NOT Fit All !

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This was the Aaron and Moshe... (Ex. 6:26) Rashi notes that in some places the Torah mentions Moshe before Aharon and in other places (such as our ...


Brotherly Love

Brotherly Love

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She opened it and saw him, the boy, and behold! A youth was crying. She took pity on him and said, “This is one of the Hebrew boys.” ...


Become a Leader

Become a Leader

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Reuven, you are my firstborn... Due to the hastiness like water, you cannot be foremost, since you disarranged your father's bed. (Gen. 49:3-4) In ...


Keep Smiling!

Keep Smiling!

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Pharaoh said to Yaakov, “How many are the days of the years of your life?” (47:8) Pharaoh asked Yaakov, who appeared to be extremely ...


Caught in the Web!

Caught in the Web!

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Then they said to one another, "Indeed we are guilty concerning our brother, inasmuch as we saw his heartfelt anguish when he pleaded with us ...


Look For The Signs

Look For The Signs

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Behold! A caravan of Ishmaelites was coming from Gilead, their camels bearing spices, balsam, and lotus - on their way to bring them down to Egypt. ...


Friends. Forever?

Friends. Forever?

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Rescue me, please, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Eisav. (32:12) Yaakov was on the road travelling when he received the message ...


Care to Share?

Care to Share?

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And whatever You will give me, I shall repeatedly tithe it to you. (Gen. 28:22) The Shulchan Aruch (1) states that one is required to take a tenth ...


To Lie Or Not To Lie?

To Lie Or Not To Lie?

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Yaakov said to his father, "It is I, Esav your firstborn" (Gen. 27:19) Yaakov came to Yitzchak to receive the blessings intended for ...


"It's Good Enough For Me!"

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[Avraham says to Eliezer] "And I will have you swear by Hashem, God of heaven and God of earth, that you not take a wife for my son from the ...


Real Kindness

Real Kindness

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Avraham came forward and said, “Will You also stamp out the righteous along with the wicked?” . (18:23) God revealed to Avraham his ...


Test Time!

Test Time!

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Hashem said to Avram, "Go for yourself from your land, from your relatives, and from your father's house to the land that I will show ...


Failing To Plan Is Planning To Fail

Failing To Plan Is Planning To Fail

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Make for yourself an ark of gopher wood; make the ark with compartments, and cover it inside and out with pitch. (Genesis 6:14) Daniel calls up ...


The Giant Within

The Giant Within

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Never again has there arisen in Israel a prophet like Moshe, who Hashem had known face to face.(Devarim 34:10) The Torah ends off stating that ...


The Missing Puzzle Pieces

The Missing Puzzle Pieces

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The Rock! - perfect is His work, for all His paths are justice; a God of faith without iniquity, righteous and fair is He. (Deut. 32:4) Few people ...


Steady Study

Steady Study

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So now, write this song for yourselves, and teach it to the children of Israel. (Deut. 31:19) The sages derive from this verse that every Jew is ...


The Joy Ride

The Joy Ride

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You are standing today, all of you, before Hashem, your God. (Deut. 29:9) It was the first day of the new school year, and the principal entered ...


The Ultimate Supplier

The Ultimate Supplier

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And you shall take of the first of every fruit of the ground... (Deut. 26:2) The Parsha begins with the commandment of Bikkurim, the first fruits. ...


Don't Give Up!

Don't Give Up!

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If a man will have a wayward and rebellious son... (Deut. 21:18) The "Rebellious son" is one who repeatedly steals money to purchase ...


Righteous Righteousness

Righteous Righteousness

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Righteousness, righteousness shall you pursue. (Deut. 16:20) In the beginning of the parsha the Torah tells us, "Righteousness, righteousness ...


Some Clarity in Charity

Some Clarity in Charity

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Rather, you shall open your hand to him; you shall lend him his requirement, whatever is lacking to him. (Deut. 15:8) The Torah tells that we ...


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