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    Ki Tetze

    Against Hate

    Ki Teitse contains more laws than any other parsha in the Torah, and it is possible to be overwhelmed by this embarrass de richesse of detail. One verse, however, stands out "Do not despise an Edomite, because he is your brother. Do not despise the Egyptian, because you were a stranger in his land."

    Rabbi Jonathan Sacks | Elul 11 5781
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    Ki Tetze

    The Parent & Child Reunion

    Which Mitzvot in the Torah promise long life as a reward?” Most answer, Kibud Av v’Ame & Shiluach Hakeyn. That’s right, but it’s also wrong! There is a third Mitzva, found in our Sedra, which also promises arichat yamim, the requirement to have honest weights & just measures.

    Rabbi Stewart Weiss | Elul 11 5781
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    Ki Tetze

    What Is Judaism’s View Of Dogs As Pets?

    Rabbi Stewart Weiss | Elul 11 5781
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    Ki Tetze

    Finding Our Power & Channeling It

    "When you go out to war against your enemies…" Going to battle means "going out," leaving our regular routine and habits. The Torah educates us to gentle behavior, to making concessions, and certainly not to kill – under normal circumstances. But in wartime, killing Israel's enemies is a mitzvah, and requires one to become nearly a different person, one with great strength and aggressiveness. These are traits that can cause a person to lose the proper balance...

    Rabbi Netanel Yossifun | Elul 11 5781
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    Ki Tetze

    Returning Lost (Spiritual) Items

    The story is told of a brother and sister who set out to search for spirituality. Each one found something: The brother found and returned to Judaism, while his sister fell under the influence of a guru in India and decided to remain there...

    Rabbi Netanel Yossifun | Elul 11 5781
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    Parashat Hashavua

    Two Levels of Struggle

    The war against Amalek can take place on two planes – a maximalistic plane and a minimalistic plane.

    Rabbi Yossef Carmel | Elul 9 5781
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    Ki Tetze

    We Are Our Own Worst Enemy

    The Torah speaks of making war upon one's enemy. Who is this enemy? There is a rabbinic tradition that The enemy described is not so much a physical or national enemy as it is a spiritual or societal foe.

    Rabbi Berel Wein | Elul 8 5781
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    Ki Tetze

    Making a Living in Israel

    Israel National Torah

    Israel National Torah

    Baruch Gordon | Elul 7 5780
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    Ki Tetze

    Forget Me Not - or Not?!

    Rabbi Stewart Weiss | Elul 7 5780
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    Parashat Hashavua

    Be Careful! Can It Make a Difference?

    Rabbi Yossef Carmel | Elul 4 5780
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    Covenant & Conversation

    Does Love Conquer All?

    Rabbi Jonathan Sacks | Elul 3 5780
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    Ki Tetze

    Ki Tetzei

    Rabbi Berel Wein | Elul 3 5780
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    Neighbors and Partners

    A Lot of Lottery

    At the Shabbat Table

    At the Shabbat Table

    Rabbi Daniel Kirsch | Elul 12 5779
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    Ki Tetze

    Going Out & Going in

    Rabbi Stewart Weiss | Elul 11 5779
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    Covenant & Conversation

    Animal Welfare

    Rabbi Jonathan Sacks | Elul 8 5779
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    Ki Tetze

    It’s for the Birds – The Mitzvah of Shiluach Hakein

    Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff | Elul 8 5779
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    Parashat Hashavua

    Different Types of “Arranged” Marriages

    Rabbi Yossef Carmel | Elul 8 5779
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    Ki Tetze

    YOU’RE (ALL) IN THE ARMY NOW

    Rabbi Stewart Weiss | Elul 12 5778
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    Ki Tetze

    Blessings and Guardrails

    Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff | Elul 12 5778
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    Parashat Hashavua

    “So that His Heart Not Be Elevated above His Brothers”

    Our Parasha starts with halachot that come about by going out to war. It is the king who is involved in the decision to fight and leads the nation into it. Such power can lead its possessor to conceit. That is why the Torah dictates laws whose purpose is “so that his heart not be elevated above his brothers … and so that he shall have many years in his kingship, he and his sons in the midst of Israel” (Devarim 17:20). This shows that a candidate for kingship can fall if he is guilty of the sin of haughtiness.

    Rabbi Yossef Carmel | Elul 12 5778
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