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Rabbi Yehoshua Berman

Rabbi Yehoshua Berman is an author and educator. In addition to managing a Kollel together with is colleague, Rabbi Dovid Kastin, Rabbi Berman founded and directs Lamdenu, the institute for identifying core communal concerns within the Orthodox Jewish community and addressing those concerns through the medium of awareness and education. He was the former director of C.A.R.E, Maaneh Center which deals with the prevention and treatment of child sexual abuse in the Jewish community.

One of Us: A Searing Look at Sexual Abuse in the Jewish Community

One of Us: A Searing Look at Sexual Abuse in the...

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Exploring a number of issues that the much buzzed-about documentary raises.


National Unity, Individual Importance

National Unity, Individual Importance

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"Torah tzivah lanu Moshe, morasha kehillas Yaakov, Moshe commanded us Torah, [the] inheritance of the congregation of Yaakov. Va'yehee bishurun ...


Sweet Rain

Sweet Rain

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"Let my teaching be sweet like rain, my sayings should be accepted like dew, like the rain-winds that blow upon the vegetation, and like the ...


Choose Life

Choose Life

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"See I have put before you today the life and the good, and the death and the evil. That I am commanding you today to love Hashem your Lord, to ...


Of a Different Order

Of a Different Order

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"And it shall be that when you come to the Land that Hashem your Lord gives to you as an inheritance ... and you shall take from the first of ...


Don’t Forget to Live

Don’t Forget to Live

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“There shall not be in your pouch a stone and a stone, large and small. There shall not be for you in your house an eifah (type of measuring ...


Ahavas Chesed

Ahavas Chesed

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The last topic in this week’s parsha is that of eglah arufah, the slain heifer. If a man is found murdered outside of city limits, the ...


Open Your Heart, Open Your Hand

Open Your Heart, Open Your Hand

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When instructing us in the mitzvah of tzedakah the verse employs two expressions of warning: "do not harden your heart" and "do not ...


About Reward In This World

About Reward In This World

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One of the sections of this week's parsha is the second paragraph of the daily Shema. The first two verses thereof read, "And it shall be if ...


Life Is Not a Game

Life Is Not a Game

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In this week's parsha, we find something that at first glance does not appear to be so astounding, but upon further contemplation, it actually ...


The Right Rebuke

The Right Rebuke

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"These are the words that Moshe spoke to all of Yisrael on the other side of the Yardein, opposite Suf, between Paran and between Tofel, and ...


It's In the Details

It's In the Details

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The beginning of the parsha enumerates all of the points of encampment of the Jewish People throughout their forty-year sojourn in the desert ...


Keep Your Focus

Keep Your Focus

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Two weeks ago, in parshas Balak, we learned about how the people of Midyan ensnared many of the Jews into sexual immorality and idol worship (avodah ...


Devotion Brings Shalom

Devotion Brings Shalom

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The parsha opens with the reward of kehuna (the priesthood) given to Pinchas for his valiant act of defending the honor of God by eliminating ...


Yes, God Loves YOU

Yes, God Loves YOU

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Towards the end of the parsha, we find a somewhat cryptic, poetic song that the Jewish People sang about the well that was ever with them in the ...


Keep Yourself In Check

Keep Yourself In Check

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One of the central events in the parsha is the attempted rebellion of Korach and his cohorts against Moshe and Aharon. Korach claimed that Moshe and ...


It's God, Not You

It's God, Not You

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"And Hashem spoke to Moshe to say: Speak to Bnei Yisrael and you shall say to them upon your coming into the Land that I am bringing you there. ...


The Right Outlook

The Right Outlook

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"And Hashem said to Moshe in the Sinai Desert in the second year from their exodus from Egypt, in the first month, to say. And Bnei Yisrael shall ...


To Be Big

To Be Big

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Towards the end of the parsha, we read the description of the sacrifice that the Nesi'im (Princes of the tribes) brought for the dedication of the ...


Be Humble, Be Wise

Be Humble, Be Wise

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"And Hashem spoke to Moshe on Har Sinai saying. Speak to Bnei Yisrael and you shall say to them 'when you will come to the Land that I am ...


And From Your Hand Have They Given To You

And From Your Hand Have They Given To You

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Towards the end of the parsha, we find a very interesting organization of mitzvos. Right in the middle of the description of the various Yamim Tovim ...


Being Holy, Being Good

Being Holy, Being Good

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There is a very interesting sequence that begins this week's parsha. The opening mitzvah is "kedoshim tihiyu ki kadosh ani Hashem Elokeichem, ...


No Matter Who, Where or When

No Matter Who, Where or When

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The beginning of this parsha deals with the service of the Kohein Gadol on Yom Kippur. The end of the parsha deals with the prohibition of arayos, ...


The Sanctity of Marriage

The Sanctity of Marriage

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When the Kohen Gadol carries out the service in the Kodesh Ha’Kodashim (the Holy of Holies) on Yom Kippur, he wears only white linen garments, ...


Deathly White or Purely White?

Deathly White or Purely White?

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The major topic of this parsha is tzaraas, the spiritual malady that manifests as spots on a person’s body, clothing, or home. Regarding the ...


Know Your Limitations

Know Your Limitations

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Regarding tzaraas spots found on the walls of one's house, the Torah emphasizes that one must tell the kohein that he found a spot that looks like ...


Everyone Needs a Push

Everyone Needs a Push

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"Command Aharon and his sons [by] saying, this is the teaching of the olah, it is the olah on its fire on the altar the whole night, and the ...


No Competition

No Competition

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"...And Hashem spoke to Moshe...speak to Bnei Yisrael, and you shall say to them, an ‘adom’ (person) from amongst you when he shall ...


All From Above

All From Above

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There is an interesting shift of expression in two pesukim that follow one another. The first pasuk says, "And it was in the first month of the ...


Refresh, Reinvigorate, Refine

Refresh, Reinvigorate, Refine

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"And Moshe gathered the entire congregation of Bnei Yisrael, and he said to them, 'These are the things that Hashem has commanded [you] to do ...


Only to Hashem Alone

Only to Hashem Alone

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- Based on the Divrei Torah of Rabbi Yaakov Weinberg zt”l - A major issue that appears in Ki Sisah is the infamous sin of the eigel ...


The Core Purpose

The Core Purpose

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After giving detailed instructions of the procedure for the inauguration of the Mishkan and the bringing of the Korban Tamid, the daily offering, ...


What Really Counts

What Really Counts

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Parshas Terumah begins the series of parshiyos that deal with the process of the construction of the Mishkan. Many materials were needed for its ...


Don't Forget

Don't Forget

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In parshas Yisro we were given the Ten Commandments, and Moshe was established as the true prophet of God in the presence of the entire nation. In ...


Just the Straightforward Facts

Just the Straightforward Facts

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After having experienced the miracles of the 10 Plagues and the splitting of the sea, the Jewish People now come to the purpose of the whole ...


Life's Symphony

Life's Symphony

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Certainly, the splitting of the Red Sea is a magnificent climax to the whole process of the redemption from Egypt. It is no wonder then, that the ...


Educating Our Children

Educating Our Children

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Rabbi Yaakov Weinberg pointed out a very interesting insight. The verse says, "And in order that you should tell into the ears of your son and ...


The Tightest Bond

The Tightest Bond

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“And the Almighty spoke to Moshe, and He said to him ‘I am Hashem. And I appeared to Avraham, to Yitzchak, and to Yaakov with [the name] ...


Think

Think

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We are all familiar with the history of the difficult period of the enslavement of the Jewish People to the Egyptians. We all know how God spoke to ...


Heaven and Earth, Earth and Heaven

Heaven and Earth, Earth and Heaven

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Preceding the passing of his father Yaakov, Yosef brings his two sons Ephraim and Menashe to their venerated grandfather to receive his blessing. ...


The Secret of Forgiveness

The Secret of Forgiveness

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In this week's parsha, we read of the dramatic moment when Yosef reveals his identity to his brothers. This moment is the climactic end of a ...


True Confession

True Confession

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When Yosef's brothers descend to Egypt to buy food, Yosef recognizes them and carries out the necessary steps to see his dreams from long ago come ...


The Winning Strategy

The Winning Strategy

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The wife of Potiphar coveted Yosef, and she was quite forward in her attempts to achieve her desire. The way that Yosef dealt with this great test ...


True Gratitude

True Gratitude

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From Yaakov Avinu's prayer for salvation from the hand of his brother Eisav, we can glean a great lesson regarding the trait of gratitude. Yaakov ...


Higher Purpose

Higher Purpose

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On his way to Charan to temporarily live in the house of his uncle Lavan, Yaakov stops in a certain place to rest. "And he took from the stones ...


True Might

True Might

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The third and final of the patriarchs enters onto the scene in our current parsha. Yaakov is born together with his twin brother Eisav, and we learn ...


Details, Details

Details, Details

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The topic that occupies the bulk of this week's parsha is the search for Yitzchak's wife. Avraham sends his faithful servant, Eliezer, on a mission ...


Accepting Rebuke

Accepting Rebuke

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The people of Sodom where wicked to the core. One of the many expressions of their evil lifestyle was the way they treated "guests" of ...


Avraham and Lot

Avraham and Lot

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God commands Avraham to leave the Land of his fathers and move to the Land of Canaan (later to become the Eretz Yisrael). There, Avraham is to ...


The Correct Direction

The Correct Direction

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Where Noah went wrong.