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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.

The Promised Land

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Don't blink or you'll miss Moses' finest moment.


I'll Be Back

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Keeping promises can you define you as a person.


Cash or Credit?

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Would you allow G-d to pay you with a credit card?


Tick Tock

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Every minute is an opportunity.


Blink

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Don't miss your chance to impress.


GPS

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Moses asks his father-in-law Yisro to remain with the Jewish people. But the reason why seems unusual.


Counting Sheep

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Most people find it difficult to part with their money.


Fortune-telling

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What's the connection between the prohibition against sorcerous fortune-telling and the obligation to honor the elderly and the wise?


Keyser Soze

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What is the significance of the selection of the 2 goats on Yom Kippur?


Candy Crush

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What are you doing with your freedom this year?


Yoda

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Why does the person who suspects tzaraas have to consult a kohen?


8th Day

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Why is circumcision done on the 8th day, and what does it represent?


Frozen: Purim

Frozen: Purim

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Megillas Esther includes a number of phrases borrowed from the Torah. One of them is particularly fascinating.


Magic Moments

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Certain special occasions make life worth living.


You're Welcome

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Don't forget to say thank you....


You Can Handle It

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Almost but not quite the entire Torah portion concerns one topic: the building of the Tabernacle (the Mishkan). What is the other topic and why does it appear now?


Now You See Me, Now You Don't

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Moses' name is not in this week's Torah portion. He's gone, but not forgotten.


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

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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