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Rabbi Noson Weisz

While studying at the famed yeshivas of Chaim Berlin, Lakewood and the Mir in Jerusalem, Rabbi Noson Weisz also received a degree in Microbiology from the University of Toronto, MA in Political Science at the New School for Social Research and his LLB from the University of Toronto. Rabbi Weisz is currently a senior lecturer at Yeshiva Aish HaTorah in Jerusalem.

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Chumash Themes #6: The Binding of Isaac

Chumash Themes #6: The Binding of Isaac

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A seminal event in Jewish national consciousness.


Chumash Themes #2: The Purpose of Creation

Chumash Themes #2: The Purpose of Creation

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God created a world in need of perfecting.


The Names of God

The Names of God

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Exploring the meaning of God's two most essentials names: An excerpt from R. Weisz's new book PrayerWorks.


Mind Over Matter

Mind Over Matter

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The mitzvah of counting the Omer holds the key to understanding the proper balance between thoughts and feelings.


The Honor of Torah

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Profound lessons learned from Rebbe Akiva's 24,000 students.


The Double Image

The Double Image

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One would have thought that only a poor comedian desperate for a good line would attempt to establish a parallel between weddings and funerals. Yet ...


Holy of holies

Holy of holies

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"The goat will bear upon itself all their iniquities ..." (Leviticus 16:22) One of the most perplexing topics that we encounter in the Torah ...


Tablets for Living

Tablets for Living

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Comparing the two tablets: one containing obligations toward God, the other obligations toward people.


Of Wounded Souls

Of Wounded Souls

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You are children to the Lord, your God. You shall not cut yourselves and you shall not make a bald spot between your eyes for a dead person. For you ...


Torah Power

Torah Power

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We always read Parshat V'etchanan on the Shabbat after the fast of the 9th of Av -- a Shabbat known as Shabbat Nachamu, the "Shabbat of ...


Israel, Where Are You?

Israel, Where Are You?

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We always read Parshat Devarim on the Sabbath immediately preceding the 9th of Av. This is due to a combination of two main factors: One of the ...


Mind Over Matter__

Mind Over Matter__

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The mitzvah of counting the Omer holds the key to understanding the proper balance between thoughts and feelings.


Minding Your Own Business

Minding Your Own Business

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Parshat Pinchas offers us the Torah's outlook on the problematic topic of the zealot. We all live in modern liberal democracies and one of the few ...


Of Sheep and Shepherds

Of Sheep and Shepherds

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The children of Reuben and the children of Gad had abundant livestock, very great. They saw the land of Jazer and the land of Gilead and behold! the ...


We Will Do and We Will Hear

We Will Do and We Will Hear

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If the Jews gathered at Mount Sinai were eager to receive the Torah, why the need for Divine coercion?


The Looking-Glass War

The Looking-Glass War

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At first glance, Parshat Balak seems difficult to relate to from the perspective of the modern person. A frightened, superstitious, primitive ...


The Tragedy of Tragedy

The Tragedy of Tragedy

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Parshat Chukat is full of death. First we read about the "red heifer" whose ashes are required to purify someone who comes into direct ...


Blood, Sweat and Tears

Blood, Sweat and Tears

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More than faith, it's about making the personal effort.


Let Them Eat Meat

Let Them Eat Meat

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The strangest conversation recorded in the Torah takes place in our Torah portion. Moses said, "Six hundred thousand foot soldiers are the ...


Sotah

Sotah

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One of the laws discussed in Parshat Naso is known as the law of the sotah, which describes how a Jewish court is meant to deal with an adulterous ...


Do I Really Need This?

Do I Really Need This?

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God spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the tent of Meeting, on the first of the second month, in the second year after their exodus from ...


The Parallel Universe

The Parallel Universe

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Abraham's world of Shabbat is personally piloted by God.


Dearly Beloved

Dearly Beloved

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A person should not say to himself: "I will observe the commandments of the Torah and engage myself in acquiring its wisdom so that I shall ...


The Heart of the Matter

The Heart of the Matter

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You shall count for yourselves -- from the morrow of the rest day, from the day when you bring the omer of the waving -- seven weeks, they shall be ...


The Holy Connection

The Holy Connection

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God spoke to Moses saying: "Speak to the entire assembly of the Children of Israel and say to them: You shall be holy, for I, the Lord your ...


The Cutting Edge

The Cutting Edge

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On the eighth day you shall circumcise the foreskin. (Leviticus 12:3) Until very recently the practice of circumcision was faithfully carried out ...


Holy Physics

Holy Physics

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This week's Torah portion Shmini confronts us with the attribute of Divine justice in its harshest and most unforgiving aspect -- the phenomenon of ...


The Book of Ruth: A Mystery Unraveled

The Book of Ruth: A Mystery Unraveled

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She was a Moabite princess who converted to Judaism in the 10th century BCE, but what does her story have to do with the events at Mount Sinai more than 300 years earlier?


Looking Glasses of the Soul

Looking Glasses of the Soul

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The Shabbat immediately preceding Passover has a special name. It is called Shabbat HaGadol, "the Great Shabbat." The Tur (Orach Chaim, ...


Right to Life vs. Right Life

Right to Life vs. Right Life

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This week we begin reading the Book of Leviticus, the book of the Torah to which the modern person has the greatest difficulty relating. It is all ...


His Soul's Fire

His Soul's Fire

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This week's Torah portion manages to symbolize conclusion and renewal at one and the same time. It brings the Book of Exodus to its close, but the ...


Measure For Measure

Measure For Measure

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Twice in its history, the world stood poised on the brink of perfection. The first occasion was the creation of Adam, born in the Garden of Eden, ...


Jewish Joy

Jewish Joy

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This week, Mayanot focuses on the holiday of Purim. Purim is the last of the Jewish holy days to enter the Jewish calendar. To understand what ...


Human Constructions and Constrictions

Human Constructions and Constrictions

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"They shall make a sanctuary for Me, so that I may dwell among them. According to what I will show you, after the form of the Tabernacle and ...


Clearing Up the Confusion

Clearing Up the Confusion

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The strongest possible evidence of the importance that the Torah places on ethics is the juxtaposition of the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai ...


Tablets for Living

Tablets for Living

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The Torah contains 613 commandments. But, on Mount Sinai -- the only occasion in history when the entire Jewish people had a face-to-face meeting ...


Judgment Tempered With Mercy

Judgment Tempered With Mercy

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Is Yom Kippur a day of atonement or a day of judgment? What is the meaning of this day on which decisions regarding life and death are finalized?


Shattering the Hourglass of Time

Shattering the Hourglass of Time

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So shall you eat it: your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand. You shall eat it in haste. It is a Passover offering ...


Mayanot on Prayer #5: Pouring Out Your Heart

Mayanot on Prayer #5: Pouring Out Your Heart

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Within the Afternoon Prayer lies the secret to our survival.


The Joy of Victory

The Joy of Victory

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How is the rejoicing of Sukkot associated by the Torah with the commandment of taking the four species?


Open Heart Surgery

Open Heart Surgery

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Introducing God to the Egyptians.


Mayanot on Prayer #4: Negotiating with God

Mayanot on Prayer #4: Negotiating with God

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God is interested in our plans for the world and He wants to hear from us.


Faith Among the Pyramids

Faith Among the Pyramids

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And these were the names of the Children of Israel who were coming to Egypt; with Jacob, each man and his household came. Reuben, Simeon...(Exodus ...


Mayanot on Prayer #3: Fixing the World through Prayer

Mayanot on Prayer #3: Fixing the World through...

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Prayer pierces through God's concealment and reattaches the universe to the Divine.


The Soul #1 - Who Needs It?

The Soul #1 - Who Needs It?

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What is the function of the soul in this world?


Mayanot on Prayer #2: Our Father, Our King

Mayanot on Prayer #2: Our Father, Our King

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Prayer transforms the desire to satisfy our requests to the desire to satisfy God's requests.


The Soul #2 - What Do Souls Look Like?

The Soul #2 - What Do Souls Look Like?

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Understanding the five levels of soul and how they relate to man and creation.


The Body and the Self

The Body and the Self

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And the time drew nearer that Israel must die; and he called his son Joseph and said to him, "If now I have found grace in your sight, put, I ...


Bracing For Exile

Bracing For Exile

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So Israel set out with all that he had and he came to Beersheba where he offered sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac. God spoke to Israel in ...


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