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Ha’azinu 5758

by Joey Shapiro Ha'azinu, the second to last parsha in the Torah read throughout the course of the year, is a very glorious one. The sedra is contained in two columns of the the torah which are divided into yet smaller columns. The words make...

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Ha’azinu 5762

by Aron Cohen This Shabbat is known as Shabbat Shuvah, and we read from Parshat Haazinu. Shabbat Shuvah is the Shabbat that falls between Rosh Hashannah and Yom Kippur. Shuvah comes from the root shav, literally meaning to return or to repent (to...

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Ha’azinu 5769

by Bekah Hakimian Shana Tova and G'mar Chatimah Tovah! As we begin the second to last Parsha in the Torah, a poem of warning that was introduced in the previous portion is read. Moshe is instructed by God to recite this poem of moral...

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Vayelech 5762

by Hadar Schwartz This Shabbat we read from the parshiot Nitzavim and Vayelekh. In Vayelekh, God tells Moshe that he is about to die and that Joshua will soon be appointed ruler of Israel. Moshe wants to remind his people one more time that...

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Ki Tavo 5762

by Mimi Arbeit Parshat Ki Tavo discusses the relationship between God and the newborn nation of Israel. The parshat opens by introducing the offering of the first fruits. Then, a new covenant is formed between God and the Jewish people: God will protect them as long...

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Ki Tavo 5769

by Judah Kerbel September 5, 2009/16 Elul 5769 What’s the difference between knowledge and wisdom? Is there a difference between a person who is knowledgeable in an aspect of life and a person that is wise? In the classic 1930s movie The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy...

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Ki Tavo 5770

by Jamie Schwartz As I was walking through the halls of my school today something caught my eye. As the person in front of me reached to kiss the mezuzah on the doorpost, he did not realize that his hand never actually touched the mezuzah...

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Ki Tetzei 5769

by Bekah Hakimian In this week’s parsha, Moshe continues the repetition of the laws by which Israel must live. These laws deal with a variety of topics, but most are concerned with moral values. A brief summary of the moral laws follows. The following...

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Shoftim 5769

by Judah Kerbel August 22, 2009/2 Elul 5769 “Who stole the cookie from the cookie jar? Chaim Yankel stole the cookie from the cookie jar! ‘Who me?’ Yes you! ‘Couldn’t be!’ Then who??” Remember that “cookie jar” game/rhyme? In this game, people sitting in a circle accuse someone of stealing the cookies...

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Shoftim 5770

by Allan Horn Moshe was eating in a Chinese restaurant and was chatting to his Chinese waiter. He commented upon what a wise people the Chinese were. “Yes,” replied the waiter, “we’re wise because our culture is 4,000 years old. But Jewish people are also...

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