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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.

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.


Here's Looking At You, Kid

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Jacob hides his daughter Dinah so that his wicked brother Esav will not see her and desire her. That sounds reasonable, so why is Jacob criticized for this?


Just Kidding

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Rachel asks her sister Leah for a favor and receives a shocking reply. What exactly is going on?


Twins

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The twins, Jacob and Esav, grow up together then go their separate ways. But could things have been different?


No Regrets

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Last week's Torah portion ends with the triumphant return of Abraham and Isaac from the Binding of Isaac. This week's portion begins with the death of Sarah. How are those two scenes related?


2 Hearts Beat As One

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Punctuation Saves Lives

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By shifting a couple of commas, we can dramatically change how we view Noach.


Gone With the Wind

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Why do we head outside on Sukkot so soon after Yom Kippur?


Plain Vanilla

Plain Vanilla

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Just how sophisticated should our game plan be for Yom Kippur?


Boom Shakalaka

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Heavy Lifting

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Heavy lifting is not just for building muscle.


ReJEWvenated: Elul

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Show Me the Money

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Say you have fulfilled your obligation to give charity. But now a friend approaches you for a loan. What is your obligation and why is it so important?


Get Rich Quick

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G-d commands us to say the Grace After Meals. But it's not merely a command, rather, it's a recipe - for success.


Can We All Get Along?

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Operation Protective Edge

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Sin City

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A Taste of His Own Medicine

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#BringBackOurBoys

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Sympathy For the Devil

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Beyond the Fringe

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Upon Further Review

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Camping Out

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The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow

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Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?

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Leading Off

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Tomorrowland: Passover

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Love Taps

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It's bad news for any homeowner whose house is declared condemned due to a tzaraas affliction. But as the walls come tumbling down, there is a surprise silver lining to the story. What is it, and why?


Speak No Evil

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Kiss of Death

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Pass the Salt

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Rocky and the Mishkan

Rocky and the Mishkan

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Why is the Torah so fixated on the details of the Tabernacle? Rocky Balboa’s answer.


I Forgive

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The Power of Sin

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The Invisible Man

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