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    Bo

    Freedom According to Rav Kook

    Rav Kook's ideas on what true individual and national freedom is and how to attain it.

    Rabbi Ari Shvat | Shvat 5 5782
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    Bo

    Why Do We Constantly Highlight the Exodus?

    Rabbi Stewart Weiss | Shvat 4 5782
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    Bo

    The Day After Tomorrow

    There are many people who live for today; some live for yesterday, while other people live for tomorrow. And then there are those who live for the day AFTER tomorrow.

    Rabbi Stewart Weiss | Shvat 4 5782
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    Bo

    Telling the Story

    The history of storytelling as an essential part of moral education begins in this week’s parsha. The Israelites are still slaves, Yet already Moses is directing their minds to the far horizon of the future.

    Rabbi Jonathan Sacks | Shvat 4 5782
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    Drive Forward

    Despite everything Pharaoh is undoubtedly also aware of, he continues his suicidal course. What drives Pharaoh to this extreme?

    Rabbi Berel Wein | Shvat 4 5782
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    Parashat Hashavua

    Did Paroh and the Egyptians Do Teshuva?

    After the plague of hail Paroh exclaimed: “I have sinned this time. Hashem is righteous, and I and my nation are the wicked ones” That is quite a change from Paroh’s normal approach, but is it what it seems to be?

    Rabbi Yossef Carmel | Shvat 1 5782
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    Parashat Hashavua

    Not Only the Egyptians Paid a Price

    Rabbi Yossef Carmel | Shvat 4 5781
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    Bo

    When Will I Be Loved?

    Can you picture a Jewish People, an Israel, loved & admired by the world at large? Seems like quite a stretch, doesn't it?

    Rabbi Stewart Weiss | Shvat 8 5781
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    What the Word Bo Really Means

    Since every word of our holy Torah carries with it many layers of significance, it is incumbent upon us to understand why this particular word, Bo, is employed by the Torah to describe a certain situation.

    Rabbi Berel Wein
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    Kashrut

    Where the Deer and the Antelope Play

    The yahrzeit of Rav Yechiel Yaakov Weinberg, often referred to by the name of his seforim, Seridei Eish, occurs this week. Since a teshuvah by him on the subject of kosher animals is the basis for much of this article, I thought it appropriate to discuss this topic.

    Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff | Shvat 4 5781
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    Covenant & Conversation

    The Far Horizon

    Rabbi Jonathan Sacks | Shvat 4 5781
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    Bo

    Why Jewish Holidays Are Celebrated Differently In Israel & Diaspora?

    Israel National Torah

    This week's Parasha lays the foundations for the Jewish calendar. There is a difference between the way we celebrate the holidays in Israel and out of it. Why is there a difference?

    Baruch Gordon | Shvat 6 5781
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    Plants and Animals

    Redeeming a Firstborn Donkey!

    Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff | Shvat 3 5780
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    Parashat Hashavua

    On Nationalism and Sanctity

    Rabbi Yossef Carmel | Shvat 1 5780
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    Covenant & Conversation

    The Story We Tell About Ourselves

    Rabbi Jonathan Sacks | Tevet 29 5780
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    BALANCING THE BOOKS

    Rabbi Stewart Weiss | Shvat 4 5779
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    Covenant & Conversation

    Against Their Gods

    Bo 5779

    Bo 5779

    Rabbi Jonathan Sacks | Shvat 4 5779
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    Parashat Hashavua

    Humility – A Basic Character Trait of a Jewish Leader

    Moshe Rabbeinu, who grew up as a prince in Paroh’s house, as the adopted son of the king’s daughter, and engaged in negotiations with Paroh, reached a new high in our parasha. The Torah describes him as having a lofty perch, both among his Jewish brethren and among the Egyptian nobility (see Shemot 11:3). Despite this, Moshe remained the most humble of men, as the following gemara highlights: “The pasuk says: ‘Not due to your great numbers amongst the nations did Hashem desire you…’ – Hashem said to Israel: ‘I have desired you because even when I bestow greatness upon you, you make yourselves small before Me; I gave greatness to Moshe and Aharon, and they said “What are we?”’” (Chulin 89a). Moshe did not consider himself a “gadol.”

    Rabbi Yossef Carmel | Shvat 2 5779
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    Why in haste?

    Rabbi Yosef Tzvi Rimon | 5778
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    NO KIDDING AROUND

    Rabbi Stewart Weiss | Shvat 3 5778
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