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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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Mayanot on Prayer #1: I Pray Therefore I Am

Mayanot on Prayer #1: I Pray Therefore I Am

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The commandment to prayer bequeaths to man the sense of his own significance that enables him to perform all the other commandments with dedication.


The Soul #3 - Ten Sefirot

The Soul #3 - Ten Sefirot

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Understanding the building blocks of spiritual entities.


Holy of Holies

Holy of Holies

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It is the holiest space in the Jewish world. It is also the holiest space inside each one of us. The Holy of Holies. Plunge the depths...


The Soul #4 - To Catch a Thief

The Soul #4 - To Catch a Thief

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An in-depth, Kabbalistic view of the makeup of the soul, and the impact of sin.


An Issue of Trust

An Issue of Trust

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Parshat Mikeitz overlaps this week with the celebration of Chanukah. Interestingly, it brings up an issue that defines the very essence of the ...


Of Second Chances

Of Second Chances

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This week's Torah portion has two major themes: - The first is the sale of Joseph by his brothers, his arrival in Egypt and the vicissitudes of ...


Nothing Personal

Nothing Personal

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Jacob became very frightened and it distressed him. (Genesis 32:8) All the commentators are bothered by an obvious question. God had promised ...


The Splendor of the Night

The Splendor of the Night

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Jacob departed from Beersheba and went toward Haran. He encountered the place and spent the night there because the sun had set... (Genesis ...


The Red Badge of Cruelty

The Red Badge of Cruelty

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The major theme of our Torah portion introduces and explains the origin of the historic conflict between Jacob and Esau. The enmity that Esau ...


The Doubting Heart

The Doubting Heart

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Purim changed our relationship to God from being driven by fear to being driven by love.


When Love is Not Blind

When Love is Not Blind

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Most of this week's Torah portion is devoted to the story of the marriage between Isaac and Rebecca. There are several questions that present ...


Gently Down the Stream

Gently Down the Stream

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And it happened after these things that God tested Abraham and said to him, "Abraham," and he replied, "Here I am." And He said, ...


Guarantees of Faith

Guarantees of Faith

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On that day God made a covenant with Abraham saying, "To your descendants have I given this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, ...


Paradise Lost

Paradise Lost

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This week's Torah portion -- which relates the story of the great flood and of the events that lead to the building of the Tower of Babel -- ...


The Determinism of Free Will

The Determinism of Free Will

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The most important single creation described in Genesis is the creation of the first human being. Most of the confusion in the world stems from the ...


Festivals of Spring

Festivals of Spring

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Passover offers the spiritual opportunity to move from hesitant faith to empowering knowledge.


From Ruins to_Hope

From Ruins to_Hope

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The renewal of the Jewish Nation in our time offers an unprecedented chance for unity.


The power of Words

The power of Words

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And this is the blessing that Moses, the man of God, bestowed upon the children of Israel before his death. (Deut. 33:1) A close examination of ...


Soul Symphonies

Soul Symphonies

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The Shabbat before Yom Kippur is widely known as Shabbat Teshuva, the "Shabbat of Repentance." Jewish tradition maintains that the ...


The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest

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Some of the most powerful verses in the entire Five Books of Moses are in this week's Torah portion. The way the Jewish calendar is set up, we ...


Ties That Bind

Ties That Bind

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"If a man marries a woman and lives with her, and it will be that she will not find favor in his eyes, for he found in her a matter of ...


Tell It On the Mountain

Tell It On the Mountain

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See, I present before you today a blessing and a curse. The blessing: that you hearken to the commandments of the Lord, your God that I command you ...


Working for a Living

Working for a Living

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"And I implored God at that time, saying: My Lord, God, You have begun to show Your servant your greatness and Your strong hand, for what power ...


The Spark of Freedom

The Spark of Freedom

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Passover affixed within the collective Jewish soul the commitment to build a better world free of cynicism and moral confusion.


Word Power

Word Power

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Moses spoke to the heads of the tribes of the Children of Israel saying: 'This is the thing that God has commanded: If a man takes a vow to God or ...


Why Judgment?

Why Judgment?

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On Rosh Hashanah, the Day of Judgment, we don't spend the day pleading for our lives to be spared. Why not?


The Power of A Curse

The Power of A Curse

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Although this week's Torah portion is named "Balak" after the Moabite king who initiated the dramatic incidents recorded in it, the story ...


Follow the Leader

Follow the Leader

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Contrary to popular belief, the people of Israel accepted Moses as the prophet, the only human being authorized to transmit God's laws, not because ...


To Believe or Not to Believe, That Is the Question

To Believe or Not to Believe, That Is the Question

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Jewish tradition teaches us that when a person dies, he is summoned to appear before the heavenly throne and asked to account for all his evil ...


Orienting to the Right Express

Orienting to the Right Express

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In this week's portion, the Torah sets forth the laws of Shmita, laws that basically ban all forms of productive agricultural activity every seventh ...


The Patterns of Life

The Patterns of Life

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Parshat Kedoshim rounds out the Torah's treatment of sexual offences by listing the consequences of engaging in the various forbidden sexual ...


The Scapegoat

The Scapegoat

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"The goat will bear upon itself all their iniquities..." (Leviticus 16:22) Our Parsha begins with the discussion of one of the most ...


Sticks and Stones

Sticks and Stones

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It is quite impossible to appreciate the worldview of Judaism without having some familiarity with the concept of lashon hara, literally "evil ...


Soul Call

Soul Call

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"And He called to Moses, and God spoke to him from the Tent of Meeting, saying..." (Leviticus 1:1) The verb "to call" in ...


Festivals of Spring

Festivals of Spring

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Springtime is a liberation, both physically and emotionally.


How Tolerance Can Lead to Destruction

How Tolerance Can Lead to Destruction

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There are two sets of curses in the Torah. One set is recorded at the end of the Book of Vayikra in Parshat Bechukotai, and the latter part of our ...


Judgment or Feeling: Will the Real You Please Stand Up

Judgment or Feeling: Will the Real You Please...

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"Judges and officers shall you appoint for yourselves in all your cities..." (Deut. 16:18) Parshat Shoftim is the first Parsha that we ...


How to Look for Holiness

How to Look for Holiness

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"These are the words that Moses spoke to all Israel, on the other side of the Jordan, in the wilderness, in the Arabah, opposite the Sea of ...


Spiritual Enviromentalism

Spiritual Enviromentalism

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"God spoke to Moses saying: Pinchas, son of Elazar, son of Aaron the Kohen, turned back My wrath from among the children of Israel, when he ...


Run For Your Soul

Run For Your Soul

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It happened when Pharaoh sent out the people... (Exodus 13:17) All the commentators are perplexed by this verse. Why does it say "when ...


Give Me Liberty; Give Me Death

Give Me Liberty; Give Me Death

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The Book of Bamidbar up to our Parsha is a record of the doings of the Exodus generation marooned in the desert in punishment for the commitment of ...


How to Digest Miracles

How to Digest Miracles

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The story of the spies dominates this week's Torah portion. The major Torah commentators take a fairly uniform approach towards the underlying ...


The mystery unraveled

The mystery unraveled

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For the next few weeks, the Torah portion read in Israel will be different than the Torah portion read in the rest of the world. For the weekly ...


Does the Best Man Win?

Does the Best Man Win?

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This week's Torah portion completes the description of the separation of the tribe of Levi from the rest of Israel, a process begun in last week's ...


Jewish Meritocracy

Jewish Meritocracy

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The bulk of the Book of Numbers is devoted to telling the story of the Jewish people's 40-year sojourn in the desert. It contains very few ...


Good Deeds and Good People

Good Deeds and Good People

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