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    Tu Be'av

    The Torah's Understanding of Love

    So much has been written over the course of history about the always-fascinating topic of Love. It encompasses many aspects of our lives, whether between parents and children, between G-d and mankind, between man and woman, or just simply various experiences in which we "love" to engage. The Torah tells us to "love your friend as yourself" and to "love Hashem your G-d." It also relates that Yitzchak loved his wife Rivka, and that the two of them loved each of their sons, respectively. Yet, there is still much room to clarify what precisely is the Torah's approach to this issue.

    Rabbi Eli Shienfeld | Av 15 5782
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    Va'etchanan

    The Land of Israel Hidden in the 10 Commandments

    If all 613 commandments are included in the Ten Commandments ... where is the Land of Israel?

    Rabbi Moshe Tzuriel | Av 15 5782
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    The Ninth of Av

    Will The Temple Be Built This Year?

    Every year at this time, we mourn the destruction of the Temple and pray for its rebuilding. Does this mean that the Temple will actually be built this year?

    Rabbi Haggai Lundin | Av 8 5782
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    D'varim

    Making Aliyah Is a Matter of Will-Power

    In this week's Torah portion, which we read every year just before the fast of Tisha B'Av, Moshe Rabbeinu reminds Israel that they 'didn't want to' enter the Land of Israel, following the Sin of the Spies. Bnei Yisrael did not see it that way: 'How can we go up [to the Land]?' they said, as if to say that it was not within their ability to do so.

    Rabbi Yosef Nave | Av 8 5782
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    The Ninth of Av

    Unleash the Torah's Shackles!

    ...It is interesting that one particular deficiency humbly hid itself for many generations among the other things we lacked, finding its expression chiefly in allusions of the Sages of the Kabbalah. However, in our times, it appears to be peeking out and budding forth, gradually becoming a bitter, silent, but great cry...

    Rabbi Netanel Yossifun | Av 8 5782
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    Masei

    Shadow and Fear

    The story in which the Torah saw fit to end the Book of Numbers is the story of the daughters of Tzelofhad. It is precisely close to the Book of Deuteronomy, before entering the Land of Israelץ

    Rabbi Haggai Lundin | Av 3 5782
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    Masei

    Retribution and Revenge

    Even justified acts of bloodshed, as in the case of war, still communicate impurity. That is what lies behind the idea of revenge.

    Rabbi Jonathan Sacks | Av 1 5782
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    The Meaning of Three Weeks

    Returning to the Torah of the Land of Israel

    ...There is a tremendous difference between the Torah of Eretz Yisrael and that of the Diaspora. In the Land of Israel, the abundance of Holy Spirit bursts out upon every Torah scholar who wishes to study Torah for its own sake – and all the more so upon a group of Torah scholars… The very source of the Exile and humiliation in the world is simply the fact that no one declares aloud the value and wisdom of the Land of Israel, and that the Sin of the Spies who spoke ill of the Land is not being corrected. There must be an appropriate response to this Sin...

    Rabbi Yehoshua Weitzman | Av 1 5782
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    Masei

    Natural Life in the Land of Israel & the Tragedy of Galut

    ...Outside the Land of Israel, our engagement with the physical world comes at the expense of Torah and sanctity. We in fact see that the Torah studied in Exile shuns in an extreme manner many areas of natural life. Only when the Nation of Israel is in the Land of Israel is "normal," natural life enabled – for, in fact, even that which is material and physical is holy...

    Rabbi Ari Shvat | Av 1 5782
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    Masei

    The Heat of July and August

    It's hot outside. We all feel it in the scorching weather. The spiritual principle that is important to remember during such periods appears in the Torah portion of Masei

    Rabbi Haggai Lundin | Tamuz 27 5782
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    Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu

    Returned from the Next World

    From the book The Father of Israel

    "I’ve brought a family member here who experienced clinical death this week and saw the rabbi in the Heavenly Court above,” said the man. Rabbi Eliyahu didn’t appear to get excited about what he had just heard.

    No Rabbi | Tamuz 27 5782
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    Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu

    Making Flies Disappear

    The absence of flies and mosquitoes in that room made such an impression that Mr. Weinberger even asked his tenant about it.

    No Rabbi | Tamuz 23 5782
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    Matot

    About Vows and Sensitivity

    Take it upon yourself, without a vow, to correct one thing in your life, and these days will work their true action - to add goodness in the world.

    Rabbi Haggai Lundin | Tamuz 23 5782
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    Matot

    How Vows Are Like Idol-Worship

    The beginning of this week's Torah portion of Matot focuses on certain important details pertaining to the laws of vows and oaths. A Torah-mandated oath is one by which one forbids himself to engage in one or more otherwise permitted activities. This leads us to ask a very fundamental question...

    Various Rabbis | Tammuz 23 5782
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    The Meaning of Three Weeks

    The Day Our Heart Stopped

    It's time to end 2,000 years of "electric shock."

    Rabbi Haggai Lundin | Tammuz 22 5782
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    Matot

    Oaths and Vows

    Can freedom and order coexist in the human sphere? Can there be a society which is both free and just at the same time?

    Rabbi Jonathan Sacks | Tamuz 22 5782
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    The Laws of Three Weeks

    Explaining the Laws of the Three Weeks

    The three-week period between Shiva Asar B’Tammuz and Tisha B’Av is kept by Klal Yisrael as a time of mourning. In this article, we will review and explain the halachos that apply during the Three Weeks.

    Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff | Tamuz 21 5782
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    Modesty - Tznius

    True Modesty

    There is a heated debate about physical or financial modesty. But it overshadows a more important discussion—what is modesty?

    Rabbi Haggai Lundin | Tamuz 19 5782
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    Pinchas

    Elijah and the Still, Small Voice

    To preserve tradition and at the same time defend those others condemn is the difficult, necessary task of religious leadership in an unreligious age.

    Rabbi Jonathan Sacks | Tamuz 16 5782
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    The 17th of Tamuz

    What's Fasting Got to Do With It?

    A day of fasting in the Jewish calendar – such as this Sunday's Fast of Tammuz – is not one of dieting, but rather a day of introspection and teshuva (contrition and remorse). We are not fasting for something far-removed from ourselves, but rather for our situation this very day.

    Rabbi Yaakov Ariel | Tammuz 16 5782
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