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Harry Rothenberg

Harry Rothenberg, as his accent suggests, is originally from Philadelphia and still spends too much time rooting for its sports teams. An attorney, he is best known for his representation of victims of catastrophic injury at the Rothenberg Law Firm, where he works with his parents and 5 of his siblings. But he's equally passionate about lecturing on Jewish topics, particularly to audiences that did not have the same opportunity that he had to study for 3 years in Israel at Ohr Somayach yeshiva. A 1988 graduate of Columbia College and a 1993 graduate of Harvard Law School, magna cum laude, Harry lives in northern New Jersey with his wife Amy. Their 8 children range in age from their 21 year old eldest son to their 3 year old twin boys, who as their frequent guests can attest, are now in charge at their house.

Builders of the Lost Ark

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You're Free To Leave

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A Jewish slave goes free after 6 years, unless he unwisely chooses to stay. If he does, his master bores a hole in his ear. Why, and what lesson can we learn?


Prime Rib or Chicken?

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Moses gets a new job in this week's Torah portion - and it's a surprising one.


Seize the Day

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What happened just before the sea split to allow the Israelites to walk across?


Moonlighting

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Why was Moses so angry when he left Pharoah's palace for the final time?


Give a Little Bit

Give a Little Bit

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Why couldn’t Moses hit the water and ground to bring the first three plagues?


My Big Little Brother

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Moses returns to Egypt with what sounds like a wild story. But the Jewish people believe him. Why?


The Evil Eye

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Jacob bestows his famous blessing on his grandchildren. But he uses an usual analogy. Why?


The Truth Hurts

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Judah's stirring speech to his brother Joseph still inspires us today.


I Love You, Son

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Harry has a special dedication and an explanation of the gift that Jacob sent to the ruler of Egypt - his son, Joseph.


Children of Israel Are Never Alone

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Joseph is only a teenager when he is sold as a slave. How was he able to develop enough strength of character to pass so many tests while still so young?


Missing Jacob

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Jacob finally returns to Israel but then he waits 2 years before heading to his parents' home. Why did he delay?


Isaac To the Rescue

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While Abraham's messenger is looking for a wife for Isaac, Isaac is looking for a new wife for Abraham. But why did Isaac go himself instead of sending a messenger?


Don't Stop Believing

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Why do we need to hear about the sons of Abraham's idol-worshipping brother?


Abraham's Bed and Breakfast

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In starting the Jewish people, Abraham used his belief in G-d as a stepping stone to a revolutionary philosophy.


Defending the Accused

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It was bad enough that Eve sinned when she ate from the Tree of Knowledge. But why did she also give some of the fruit to her husband?


Stack the Odds: Yom Kippur

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How do we increase our chances for a good judgment on Yom Kippur?


Go to 11: Rosh Hashana

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What type of New Year's resolution should you make?


Do the Happy Dance

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Why is it so important to,put a smile on your face when observing G-d's commandments?


Shadow of Death

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War is not for the faint of heart.


Koko the Monkey

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Funny nicknames are no big deal - or are they?


Manna From Heaven

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Moses tells the Jews to remember how G-d tested them in the desert for 40 years by giving them manna. But what was the test?


I Don't Roll On Shabbos

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Unplug yourself on Shabbos.


Sin Crouches At the Door: Tisha B'Av

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Their sin took place thousands of years ago, but the story of the spies still haunts us.


Cities of Refuge

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Before the first personal injury attorneys opened their offices, what happened to people who killed others negligently?


Donkey Talk

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Ain't No Woman Like the One I Got

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Miriam passes away, but her memory lives on.


The Other Guy

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Watch out for that big hole in the ground....


Unity Day

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Let's unite.


Live Long and Prosper

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Spock lives on.


All Hands On Deck: Shavuot

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Do you have any plans this Saturday night?


Got Cholent?

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There is more than meets the eye when we sit down to eat on Shabbat afternoon.


Blink of an Eye: Lag Ba'Omer

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Love Thy Neighbor

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How can we live up to one of the most famous and important passages in the Torah?


Guests in the Palace

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The world was created just for you.


Brotherly Love

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Moses and Aaron: role models for all siblings.


Pharoah's Pajamas

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Is it ever OK to gloat?


I Am Not An Animal

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Superdawg

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G-d gives us the chance to climb the highest mountains.


It's Up To You: Purim

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We do our part; then G-d does His.


Mishloach Manot

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It's time to start getting ready for Purim!


The Chosen People

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Instead of leaders, Moses chooses "youths" to perform the sacrifices at the base of Mt Sinai. Why?


Goosebumps

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The Torah uses an unusual word to tell us that Moses' father-in-law, Yisro, rejoiced upon hearing the details of the Exodus. Why; and what relevance does this still have for us today?


We're On a Mission From G-d

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While the Jews prepared for the Exodus, Moses went to find Joseph's bones. But why don't we hear about that scene until the Jews leave Egypt?


Fooling Yourself

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Teach Me How to Fight

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Batman plays Moses in the new movie about the Exodus. Good casting? Or should it have been Superman?


You've Got Visitors

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Jacob is the first person in history to get sick just before dying. Why? And how should we relate to that scene?


Have We Done Enough?

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What should we be asking ourselves as we light Chanuka candles, and why?


Family Matters

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At long last, Jacob returns home. He hopes for tranquility but ends up with more family strife instead. Why?


Hanukkah: You Can Run But You Can't Hide

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Hanukkah is the time to proclaim your Judaism loud and clear.