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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 ...


Welcome!

Welcome!

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You shall love the proselyte for you were strangers in the land of Egypt. (Deut. 10:19) Aaron was very nervous. He had just moved to a new ...


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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