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No Pain, No Gain

No Pain, No Gain

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You shall not recognize the gods of others in my presence. (Deut. 5:7) In the olden days idol worship was an issue. Every human being had an urge ...


Stop, Think, Act!

Stop, Think, Act!

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All of you approached me and said, "Let us send men ahead of us and let them spy out the land". (Deut. 1:22) Moses starts his words of ...


The Way to Pray

The Way to Pray

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For the Children of Israel and the proselyte and resident among them shall these six cities be a refuge, for anyone who kills a person ...


The Danger of Anger

The Danger of Anger

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Moshe was angry with the commanders of the army... (Num. 31:14) The laws of koshering utensils were transmitted by Elazar and not by Moshe because ...


The Power of Consistency

The Power of Consistency

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Hashem said to Moshe, "Take to yourself Yehoshua son of Nun, a man in whom there is spirit, and lean your hand upon him." (Num. ...


When in Doubt, Don't Shout

When in Doubt, Don't Shout

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The she-donkey said to Bilaam, "Am I not your she-donkey that you have ridden all your life until this day? Have I been accustomed to do such a ...


The Attitude of Gratitude

The Attitude of Gratitude

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Speak to the rock before their eyes that it shall give its waters… Then Moshe raised his arm and struck the rock. (Num. 20:8,11) Moshe was ...


One Step At a Time

One Step At a Time

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And they shall place upon the tzitzis of each corner a thread of turquoise wool. (Num. 15:38) The weekly Torah portion concludes with the ...


Doing the Motions With the Emotions

Doing the Motions With the Emotions

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Aharon did so; toward the face of the Menorah he kindled its lamps, as God had commanded Moses.(8:3) This week's Torah portion begins with the ...


Not Again!

Not Again!

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The leaders of Israel, the heads of their fathers' household, brought offerings... (Num. 7:2) This week's Torah portion describes at length the ...


Keep Digging!

Keep Digging!

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All their countings were six hundred and three thousand, five hundred and fifty. (Num. 1:46) A man passed away and left over a will for his ...


Join the Team

Join the Team

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Five of you will pursue a hundred, and a hundred of you will pursue ten thousand. (Lev. 26:8) The Parshah begins with the blessings that await the ...


Reaching Greatness!

Reaching Greatness!

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They shall be holy to their God and they shall not desecrate the name of their God. (Num. 21:6) The Torah states that Kohanim shall be holy to God ...


United We Stand

United We Stand

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You shall reprove your fellow and do not bear a sin because of him. (Lev. 19:17) Dan was on a luxury ocean liner when he heard banging in the ...


Keep Climbing

Keep Climbing

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Aaron shall come to the tent of meeting - he shall remove the linen vestments that he had worn when he entered the sanctuary... He shall immerse ...


We Repent

We Repent

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The person being purified shall immerse his clothing, shave off all his hair, and immerse himself in the water and become pure. (Lev. 14:8) One of ...


Getting High

Getting High

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"Do not drink intoxicating wine, you and your sons with you, when you come to the tent of meeting, that you do not die, this is an eternal ...


Insert Coin

Insert Coin

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Command Aaron and his sons, saying: this is the law of the burnt offering... (Lev. 6:2) Aaron was commanded to bring the burnt offerings. Until ...


With a Grain of Salt

With a Grain of Salt

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For you shall not cause to go up in smoke from any leavening or fruit-honey as a fire-offering to Hashem. You shall salt every meal- ...


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