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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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The Kosher Spirit

The Kosher Spirit

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There is no precept more fundamental to Judaism than the Kashrut laws, the phenomenon we refer to as "keeping kosher." This week's Torah ...


Ashes to Ashes; Dust to Dust

Ashes to Ashes; Dust to Dust

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This week's Torah portion begins by presenting us with two rather peculiar commandments. The first commandment instructs the Kohanim to clear the ...


Golden Calf

Golden Calf

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"Moses saw the people, that they were exposed, for Aaron had exposed them to disgrace among those who rise up against them." (Exodus ...


Having God in the Neighborhood

Having God in the Neighborhood

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An overview of the Book of Exodus reveals that four out of the eleven portions deal with various aspects of the construction of the Tabernacle, ...


Yours to Command

Yours to Command

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If you were asked to pick out a portion of the Torah that is above controversy, the Ten Commandments would be a very likely choice. But the truth ...


Spiritual Quality Time

Spiritual Quality Time

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"God spoke to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, 'This month for you shall be the beginning of the months, it shall be for you the ...


My Country Right or Wrong

My Country Right or Wrong

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Examining separation of church and state.


Worlds Within Worlds

Worlds Within Worlds

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There are aspects of the Exodus story that are difficult to comprehend at first glance. God, who is omnipotent by definition, wants to take the ...


Footprints of the Soul

Footprints of the Soul

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The most dramatic section of this week's Torah portion describes the deathbed scene at which Jacob delivers his final blessing to each of his sons. ...


Spiritual Sibling Rivalry

Spiritual Sibling Rivalry

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For 22 long years Jacob mourned Joseph. He was kidnapped at age 17 and rose to power in Egypt at age 30. He was reunited with his father at the end ...


Perchance to Dream

Perchance to Dream

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One of the best known and most moving prayers in the Yom Kippur liturgy is really a lamentation that tells the story of the Ten Martyrs: The Roman ...


The Need to Make the Effort

The Need to Make the Effort

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This week's Torah portion tells the story of the confrontation between Jacob and Esau. Jacob's preparation for this meeting is described in great ...


Who Shall Lead Us

Who Shall Lead Us

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Anyone who compares the story of Esau, Isaac's first born, to that of Ishmael, Abraham's, is bound to be struck by the astonishing amount of ...


Harry Potter and the War Between Good and Evil

Harry Potter and the War Between Good and Evil

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As a Jew, I could not help but reflect on the contrasting attitudes between Judaism and the world of Harry Potter towards this epic struggle.


The Art of Giving:  To Be or Not To Be the Jewish Way

The Art of Giving: To Be or Not To Be the Jewish...

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On the third day following his circumcision at age 99, God pays Abraham a sickbed visit. The Talmud (Sotah, 14a) points to this visit as proof of ...


Torah Economics

Torah Economics

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The Torah is not a storybook. The Midrash tells us that the word Torah in Hebrew derives from the word "Hora'ah," meaning to point the ...


Love Conquers All

Love Conquers All

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We read V'Zot HaBracha on the last day of the Succot holiday. Simchat Torah, the name by which we refer to this day, is special even within Succot. ...


The Joy of Victory

The Joy of Victory

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The lulav and etrog are weapons of war and the fact that we hold them shows us to be the victors. But in what contest? And how are these plants to ...


The Song That Rocks the Jewish Soul

The Song That Rocks the Jewish Soul

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"Give ear, O Heavens and I will speak; and may the earth hear the words of my mouth." (Devarim 32:1) At first glance this seems like a ...


Rosh Hashana:  Judgment Days

Rosh Hashana: Judgment Days

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This Shabbat is Rosh Hashanah and we shall all be called to the Heavenly Court to stand trial for our lives. It would certainly help us greatly if ...


Choosing Choice

Choosing Choice

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Rosh Hashanah celebrates the gift of free will.


Pounds of Flesh Into Pounds of Soul: A Conversion Scale

Pounds of Flesh Into Pounds of Soul: A Conversion...

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There are large sections in the Torah that are addressed to the Jewish body politic as a single, united entity rather than to individual Jews. The ...


The Spiral Staircase

The Spiral Staircase

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By the time we read Ki Tetzei, we are well into the month of Elul. The scent of Rosh Hashana is in the air; the season of judgment and repentance is ...


Trees of Life

Trees of Life

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"When you besiege a city for many days to wage war against it and to seize it, do not destroy its trees by swinging an axe against them, for ...


Of Human Sacrifice: The Suicide Bomber in Torah Perspective

Of Human Sacrifice: The Suicide Bomber in Torah...

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"When Hashem, your God, will cut down the nations where you come to drive them away from before you, and you drive them away and settle in ...


Spiritual Economics

Spiritual Economics

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Expectation-driven systems are double-edged.


Torah Creature Comforts

Torah Creature Comforts

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The Shabbat following the 9th of Av is known as Shabbat Nachamu, the Shabbat of Comfort. Following the commemoration of the destruction of the ...


Assigning Blame

Assigning Blame

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The Jewish calendar and the Shabbat Torah readings were arranged to intermesh. Parshat Devarim is always read on the Shabbat immediately prior to ...


Cities of Refuge

Cities of Refuge

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"When you cross the Jordan to the land of Canaan, you shall designate cities for yourself, cities of refuge shall they be for you, and a ...


Preserving Your Legacy the Jewish Way

Preserving Your Legacy the Jewish Way

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"The laws of inheritance would have been written in the Torah through Moses even if the daughters of Zlafchad had not presented their ...


Do We Want Mashiach Now?

Do We Want Mashiach Now?

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Many people observe the custom of reciting the thirteen principles of faith following their morning prayers. These principles are excerpted from ...


To Know You Is To Love You

To Know You Is To Love You

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The story of Korach surely ranks as one of the stranger incidents reported in Chumash. To give ourselves some background on the topic we propose to ...


Soil Power

Soil Power

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As we have explained in two previous essays on Shlach, one of the important aspects of the story of the spies is that it provides a teaching aid ...


Torah Pride and Torah Prejudice

Torah Pride and Torah Prejudice

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"Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses regarding the Cushite woman he had married, for he had married a Cushite woman. They said, 'Was it only ...


Jewish Job Opportunities

Jewish Job Opportunities

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Mayanot has two major objectives. The first objective is to teach Torah. The learning of Torah itself is the greatest positive in the author's ...


Living

Living "Chosen"

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For the Shabbat Torah Portion in Israel, please click here: http://www.aish.com/torahportion/mayanot/Does_the_Best_Man_Win$.asp Rabbi Simoi ...


Learn To Live Positively

Learn To Live Positively

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We invariably read Parshat Bamidbar on the Shabbat before Shavuot, the anniversary of our meeting with God at Sinai, the holiday that celebrates the ...


Believe It Or Not

Believe It Or Not

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In the eyes of many commentators, the Book of Vayikra, which we finish reading this Sabbath, occupies a very special place among the Five Books of ...


Mind Over Matter

Mind Over Matter

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The period between the first day of Passover and Shavuot, a chunk of time totaling seven weeks, precisely 49 days, is known as the days of the Omer. ...


Growing Pains

Growing Pains

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We Jews subscribe to the belief that the world is run by Divine Providence. God obligated Himself under the terms of the Covenant that He signed ...


Faith and the Mideast Problem

Faith and the Mideast Problem

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All leaders draw their power from faith. The only question is where that faith is directed. In times of national crisis, that decision is critically important.


Living With Jewish Joy

Living With Jewish Joy

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When a woman conceives and gives birth to a male, she shall be contaminated for a seven-day period, as during the days of her separation infirmity ...


Windows in Time

Windows in Time

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