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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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Could You Pass the Manna, Please?

Could You Pass the Manna, Please?

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It happened when Pharaoh sent out the people that God did not lead them by way of the land of the Philistines, because it was near, for God said, ...


Who Needs Miracles Anyway?

Who Needs Miracles Anyway?

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One of the intellectual challenges presented by the Exodus story is how to account for the phenomenon of the plagues. Why did God need miraculous ...


The Point of Soul

The Point of Soul

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The longest private conversation recorded in the Torah between God and a human individual takes place in our parsha. It takes God 39 long verses ...


Jewish 'Rights'

Jewish 'Rights'

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I was once contacted by a BBC reporter who was doing a piece on the 'mamzer' law. The mamzer law is the Jewish law concerning children who are the ...


Jewish Beauty

Jewish Beauty

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"And Israel said, 'How great! My son Joseph still lives! I shall go and see him before I die.' " (Genesis 45:28) But in fact Jacob ...


Chanukah and The Importance of Being Jewish

Chanukah and The Importance of Being Jewish

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One of the greatest emotional blows that God can inflict on a believer is a sense of abandonment. The feeling that God is always watching over him ...


How to Preserve Your Assets

How to Preserve Your Assets

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Judah said to his brothers, "What gain will there be if we kill our brother and cover up his blood? Come, let us sell him to the Ishmaelites ...


Rage and the Rape of the Innocent

Rage and the Rape of the Innocent

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One of the most shocking incidents recorded in the Bible, the destruction of the city of Shechem by Shimon and Levi, is in our Parsha. The issues ...


Tunes of Glory

Tunes of Glory

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Jacob departed from Beer-Sheba and went toward Haran. (Genesis 28,10) Rashi comments: the departure of a tzadik, a righteous person, from a place ...


First War of the Worlds

First War of the Worlds

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The relationship between Jacob and Esau is a recurrent theme throughout the Bible, but the Torah presents us with only two face-to-face meetings ...


20/20 Torah Vision

20/20 Torah Vision

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The story of Eliezer's search for Isaac's bride is the longest personal story in the entire Torah. The Midrash comments on this atypical generosity ...


Its a Cruel World Out There

Its a Cruel World Out There

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The ninth and tenth tests of Abraham, in the opinion of both Rashi and Rambam, Avoth (5:3) are described in our Torah portion, and they both revolve ...


Torah Security

Torah Security

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The first command God issued to the first Jew recorded in the Torah sets the pattern for the entire march of Jewish history. As His very first ...


Her Ways Considered

Her Ways Considered

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One of the most intriguing aspects of the creation of the human being involves the separation of the sexes. Unlike the rest of the life forms God ...


Parshat V'Zot HaBracha

Parshat V'Zot HaBracha

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The last day of the Sukkot holiday is also known as Simchat Torah, or "The Celebration of the Torah." This is because we finish the cycle of Torah ...


Apocalypse Now?

Apocalypse Now?

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See now, that I, I am He - and no god is with Me. I put to death and bring life, I struck down and I will heal, and there is no rescuer from My ...


Actions Speak Loudest

Actions Speak Loudest

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For this commandment that I command you today -- it is not hidden from you and it is not distant. It is not in heaven [for you] to say, "Who ...


Choices and Rewards

Choices and Rewards

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This Shabbat is the last Shabbat before Rosh Hashana and we are preparing ourselves to face judgment. Jewish tradition teaches us that the judgment ...


Pressure Points

Pressure Points

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Parshat Ki Tavo begins with the commandment of Bikurim which obligates a landholder to bring the first of his crop of the seven species to the ...


Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty

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There are many passages in the Torah that are difficult for the modern person to relate to. For some people these passages serve as a convenient ...


The Laws of Reason

The Laws of Reason

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It will be that if you hearken to my commandments that I command you today, to love the Lord your God and to serve Him with all your heart and all ...


Shedding the Blinders of Faith

Shedding the Blinders of Faith

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According to the teaching that they will teach you and according to the judgment they will say to you, shall you do, you shall not deviate from the ...


Fear and Blessing

Fear and Blessing

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Now, O Israel, what does the Lord, your God, ask of you? Only to fear the Lord, your God, to go in all His ways and to love Him, and to serve the ...


The Faces Of

The Faces Of "I"

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"Bezalel son of Uri son of Chur, of the tribe of Judah, [used these materials] to make all that God had commanded Moses." (Exodus ...


Soul Money

Soul Money

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One of the 613 commandments of the Torah commands all Jewish males above the age of Bar Mitzvah to contribute a half-shekel each year to the Temple. ...


Oh! Say Can You See

Oh! Say Can You See

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The opinion of our Sages appears to be that the splitting of the Red Sea described in this week's Torah portion was a difficult miracle for God to ...


Clothes and the Man

Clothes and the Man

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Just as last week's Torah portion presented us with an enormous amount of bewildering detail regarding the construction of the Tabernacle and its ...


All in the Family

All in the Family

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This week's Torah portion begins as follows: "And these are the ordinances that you shall place before them." (Exodus 21:1) We use the ...


Noah's Dam

Noah's Dam

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"Noah erected an altar and took from every clean animal and every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar. God smelled the pleasing ...


Jewish Power

Jewish Power

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Before he responded to Joseph's invitation to transplant the entire Jewish family to Egypt and avoid the suffering of the hunger years, Jacob went ...


What's In a Name?

What's In a Name?

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A tradition that traces back to the Ari, the great Kabbalist and medieval sage, presents a startling theory about people's names. We are accustomed ...


The Great Communicator

The Great Communicator

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Every thinking individual who reaches the age of reason is confronted by some crucial existential questions. Who am I really? What is the purpose of ...


Peace in Israel: A Jewish Perspective

Peace in Israel: A Jewish Perspective

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Peace in Israel is possible, but ultimately not through the force of arms.


The Innocent Bystander_

The Innocent Bystander_

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What gives a nation the right to defend itself -- if innocent civilians will be killed?


Israel Spiritual Symposium: The Land of Spiritual Acquisition

Israel Spiritual Symposium: The Land of Spiritual...

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Like any precious achievement, God ensures that Israel is acquired only through real struggle. Understanding this unlocks the mystery of the current Mideast situation.


Ishmael and Israel's Existential Test

Ishmael and Israel's Existential Test

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Our reoccupation of our own land cannot be called theft by anyone who supports the Jewish right to exist as a separate, distinct people.


Apocalypse Now?

Apocalypse Now?

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The terrorist's power is psychological. What will happen to the Western world when its bubble of security and control is pricked?


From Ruins to Hope

From Ruins to Hope

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