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    Behar

    Shmita - Rest for the Man or for the Land?

    Is it the land lying fallow that is the central theme, or are the Jews who do not work it during the shmita year the focus?

    Rabbi Yonatan Kirsch | Cheshvan 7 5782
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    Achrei Mot

    'Here is the way you shall enter'

    In this week's Torah reading, why begin the description of the Avoda on Yom Kippur with telling us of the demise of the sons of Aaron?

    Rabbi Yonatan Kirsch | Cheshvan 7 5782
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    Bechukotai

    A Tale of Two Mountains

    This Shabbat, we find ourselves between two staggering events: the tragedy at Har Meron last Friday, and Yom Yerushalayim this Sunday night and Monday. Two mountains, steeped in Jewish history, associated with the most significant personalities and pathos: Avraham, Yitzchak and Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai.

    Rabbi Stewart Weiss | Iyar 25 5781
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    Bechukotai

    “We the People”

    The Sages said: “‘They will stumble over each other’” – read this as ‘stumble because of one another’: this teaches that all Israelites are responsible for one another.” This is an exceedingly strange passage. Why locate this principle here?

    Rabbi Jonathan Sacks
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    Behar

    What's First - Messiah or Aliya

    Israel National Torah

    Looking at the Ohr HaHayim's commentary on this week's Parshat Behar to discover the answer to the centuries-old question: Will Redemption come miraculously or by natural means?

    Baruch Gordon | Iyar 23 5781
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    Bechukotai

    Why Bad Things Happen To Good People

    Nothing is as challenging to our faith as seeming injustice and tragedy. How does a believing person reconcile an apparently cruel world with an Omnipotent and Merciful Creator?

    Rabbi Yaakov Asher Sinclair | Iyar 26 5781
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    Behar

    Creators Belonging

    The idea behind the sabbatical year remains fixed in the minds and hearts of the Jewish people wherever they may live. And that basic idea is simple: that the world and all its land belongs to and is subject to the will of the Creator.

    Rabbi Berel Wein | Iyar 22 5781
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    Behar

    Different Types of Respite

    Sefer Vayikra was given during Bnei Yisrael’s period in the desert. It is therefore telling that the Torah already relates as a given fact the situation in which they are working the fields of Eretz Yisrael, suspending work during Shemitta and Yovel, and following the rules of transactions regarding real estate in the Land among other financial matters.

    Rabbi Yossef Carmel | Iyar 21 5781
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    Emor

    Is Being a "Torah Jew" Enough?

    Looking into this week's Parshat Emor to discover the definition of Hilul HaShem [desecration of G-d's Name] in a national sense and what it means with regards to living in the Diaspora.

    Baruch Gordon | Iyar 20 5781
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    Emor

    On Not Being Afraid of Greatness

    The two commands are respectively the prohibition against desecrating God’s name, Chillul Hashem, and the positive corollary, Kiddush Hashem, that we are commanded to sanctify God’s name. But in what sense can we sanctify or desecrate God’s name?

    Rabbi Jonathan Sacks | Iyar 17 5781
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    Emor

    What's Wrong With Wikipedia

    Democracy is a wonderful institution, but it's not infallible.

    Rabbi Yaakov Asher Sinclair | Iyar 15 5781
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    Emor

    The Torah Holidays

    The list of holidays is repeated numerous times in the Torah. Since there are no needless repetitions in the holy text of the Torah, commentators over the ages have offered many explanations as to why this calendar is repeated so many times.

    Rabbi Berel Wein | Iyar 15 5781
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    Parashat Hashavua

    “Zichron Teruah” – On Judgment and Mercy

    he term “zichron teruah” in describing Rosh Hashana among the holidays in our parasha, is a special term, which very likely refers to shofar blowing. But zichron, meaning remembrance, does not, at first glance, have a clear meaning.

    Rabbi Yossef Carmel | Iyar 15 5781
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    Kdoshim

    Not just the Baba Sali can, you can too

    Moment of Wisdom

    Moment of Wisdom

    Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu | Iyar 11 5781
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    Achrei Mot

    Sprints and Marathons

    Moses had to contend with both sides, inducing the Israelites to do teshuvah and God to exercise forgiveness. The good news is: there once was a Moses. what happens when there is no Moses?

    Rabbi Jonathan Sacks | Iyar 10 5781
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    Achrei Mot

    What is G-d's Area Code?

    Why does only the Land of Israel "regurgitate its inhabitants" who break Torah laws that are forbidden no matter where one lives?

    Baruch Gordon | Iyar 10 5781
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    Kdoshim

    What to Do With the Tattoo?

    Rabbi Stewart Weiss | Iyar 10 5781
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    Achrei Mot

    How Many Stories Tall Is the Jewish People?

    A well known Rabbinic adage emerges from the succession of the next 3 Torah portions: Acharei Mot, Kedoshim, Emor – “after their death, they say Holy!” That is, as soon as you are gone, they talk about how holy you were! But there is yet another spin we can give to this phrase by slightly moving the comma: After the death of the righteous, speak!

    Rabbi Stewart Weiss | Iyar 10 5781
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    Kdoshim

    More on Orlah

    I transplanted a cherry tree in order to sell the wood I see that many cherries have grown on the tree. Are they prohibited as orlah? A sabra tree plantad as a natural border fence for his property, and placed a sign telling people not to help themselves to the fruit. Is there an orlah prohibition on the fruit? If I plant trees for wood, do I need to keep track of which year I plant the tree, due to orlah concerns?

    Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff | Iyar 10 5781
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    Kdoshim

    Our Obligation to Be Good

    One question which has challenged Judaism throughout the ages is why do we need so many commandments to fulfill our obligation to be good, kind, and faithful?

    Rabbi Berel Wein | Iyar 7 5781
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