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Terumah 5771

by Alex Krule Tabernacle: From Latin, tabernaculum meaning "tent." We hear this term used frequently when discussing the Israelites' journey through the desert, but what exactly was it? We find out this week in Parashat Terumah. The Beit HaMishkan, Hebrew for Tabernacle, is...

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Mishpatim 5756

by Cody Dydek This Shabbat we read the special Maftir reading for Parshat Shekalim. The reading, taken from Sh'mot 30:11-16, details the method Moses is to use to take a census of the Israelites. The Torah teaches that, instead of simply being counted,...

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Mishpatim 5764

by Mordy Greenspan As I drove for the first time after getting my permit, I stopped at a red light. Later I went into a convenience store and bought a Mr. Goodbar; I didn’t steal it. As part of modern society, we...

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Mishpatim 5769

by Ayelet Seed February 14, 2009/20 Shevat 5769 Parashat Mishpatim explains to us 53 of the 613 mitzvot and is also known as “The Book of the Covenant” (Sefer HaBrit) because it begins the explanation of various mitzvot and it also defines the relationship between God and...

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Mishpatim 5770

by Charlene Thrope February 13, 2010 / 29 Shevat 5770 Right after the revelation at Mount Sinai, Parashat Mishpatim contains a long list of laws. Ranging from slaves to kashrut, this list is diverse and potentially overwhelming. Yet, the Israelites respond to Moses, "na'aseh v'nishma." Translated as...

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Mishpatim 5771

by Alex Krule, 2011 USY Religion/Education Vice President, 5771 How can you follow a Torah portion like Parashat Yitro in which God dictated the famous Ten Commandments? Quite simply, actually: with more commandments. In this week’s portion, Mishpatim (Hebrew for “laws”), God lists many many more...

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Yitro 5756

by Cody Dydek The Torah offers us many insights into the meaning of true leadership. It holds up characters such as Noach, Yosef, Moshe and Aharon as role models. It teaches us that, to be a good leader, we should be like these...

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Yitro 5764

by Sylvie Grossbard According to tradition, the Torah enumerates six hundred and thirteen mitzvot, or commandments, none more recognized than the "Ten Commandments" (or, more accurately, "Ten Utterances") listed in this week's Parashat Yitro. With so many mitzvot, which were given so...

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Yitro 5769

by Charlene Thrope February 7, 2009/6 13 Shevat 5769 This week's parsha, Yitro, is known for containing aseret hadibrot, more commonly known as The Ten Commandments. However, the narrative surrounding these laws is also important in the lives of the Israelites. The parsha begins with Moshe's...

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Yitro 5770

by Charlene Thrope, USY 2010 Religion/Education Vice President, 5770 February 6, 2010 / 22 Shevat 5770 Parashat Yitro is known for containing the Aseret ha-Dibrot, the Ten Commandments. The revelation at Mount Sinai is a powerful experience, complete with smoke, fire, shofar blowing, and many midrashim explaining...

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