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    Chukat

    Complete Faith Brings Happiness

    G-d instructed Moshe and Aharon to speak to the boulder and extract from it water. At this point, Moshe speaks very sharply to Israel, calling them "rebels," and then strikes the boulder. Some commentators said that what Moshe did wrong (I don't like saying that Moshe "sinned") is that he spoke in anger to Israel, and others say that he hit the rock instead of speaking to it. The Maharal of Prague explains that these two things are one: Because Moshe got angry, therefore he hit the boulder instead of speaking to it. "Anger" means a lack of happiness, a lack of emuna and trust in G-d. The Maharal says that joy and faith in G-d always come together.

    Rabbi Zalman Baruch Melamed | Tammuz 8 5781
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    Chukat

    Moshe's Sin

    The retribution for this sin seems to be far too harsh, especially when we consider the decades of service, sacrifice and loyalty that Moshe previously exhibited in his relationship with the Almighty.

    Rabbi Berel Wein | Tammuz 7 5781
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    Chukat

    Miriam, Moses’ Friend

    The commentators disagree as to which aspect of Moses’ behaviour was wrong: His anger? His act of striking the rock instead of speaking to it? The implication that it was he who was bringing water from the rock?

    Rabbi Jonathan Sacks | Tammuz 7 5781
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    Chukat

    Where Is Ahron Buried?

    Rabbi Stewart Weiss | Tammuz 7 5781
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    Chukat

    Torat Ahron and the Art of Arguing

    As long as Ahron was alive, the Clouds of Glory protected us like an invisible shield. But with his death, the clouds dissipated & we were vulnerable to attack. There is a timely lesson being presented to us here.

    Rabbi Stewart Weiss | Tammuz 7 5781
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    Chukat

    The Tumah of Utensils

    How are slingshots like Tefillin? What is the difference between a sack and a sock? How is an earthenware oven different from other earthenware utensils?

    Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff | Tammuz 5 5781
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    Parashat Hashavua

    Holy Talk is Not Cheap

    why did Moshe not merit to enter Eretz Yisrael? Considering that the Torah says the reason is Moshe’s misstep by hitting the rock to have its waters flow, another way to present the question is: what was so bad about hitting the rock?

    Rabbi Yossef Carmel | Tammuz 3 5781
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    Chukat

    Chukat

    Rabbi Berel Wein | Tamuz 9 5780
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    Chukat

    Things Are Looking Up!

    Rabbi Stewart Weiss | Tamuz 4 5780
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    Chukat

    Spirituality Needs Body Builders

    Israel National Torah

    Considering why the Red Heifer ritual is mentioned at the end of the 40 years in the desert, as opposed to the rest of the Temple rituals mentioned in Leviticus. Hint: It has to do with body building, not going to the bathroom, and - you guessed it - the Land of Israel.

    Baruch Gordon | Tamuz 4 5780
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    33 min
    Ein Aya

    Rav Kook: The Definition of 'Good' Is: 'Life'

    Ein Aya, Shabbat 2, 230

    Rav Kook explains why the constructive punishment for murder was the destruction of Y'rushalayim & exile from Israel. G-d loves life and is the force behind all life, and in fact, defines "Good" as "Life". The goal of the Torah is Tahara or Life, and accordingly murder, or the taking of life is not only tragic morally but ideologically and philosophically, stands, like Tum'ah, in total contradiction to the message of life, which supersedes the other mitzvot. Israel is meant to be a life-educating "Light to the Nations" from Y'rushalayim, through building an ideal Jewish State, but if we aren't fulfilling that goal, then our capitol and national life are counter-productive.

    Rabbi Ari Shvat | Tamuz 2 5780
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    Parashat Hashavua

    War Ethics

    Rabbi Yossef Carmel | Sivan 30 5780
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    Covenant & Conversation

    Kohelet, Tolstoy and the Red Heifer

    Rabbi Jonathan Sacks | Sivan 29 5780
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    Korach

    Giving and Living

    This week is a double-header: A few words about Korach (there was no parsha sheet last week & Korach is the parsha sheet outside of Israel; & some thoughts about Chukat, too!).

    Rabbi Stewart Weiss | Tamuz 1 5779
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    Parashat Hashavua

    Why to Be Afraid or Not Be Afraid of Og – part I

    Moshe was threatened by Og, the King of Bashan, and his army and was successful in conquering. Before this happened, though, Hashem reassured Moshe: “Do not fear for I have given him over to your hand …” (Bamidbar 21:34). Considering all of the great challenges that Moshe overcame before this, why did Moshe require such emotional support? We will take a look at the historical phenomenon of which Og was a part, from the time of Avraham until the time of David.

    Rabbi Yossef Carmel | Sivan 27 5779
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    Covenant & Conversation

    Losing Miriam

    Chukat 5779

    Chukat 5779

    Rabbi Jonathan Sacks | Sivan 27 5779
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    Chukat

    At The Shabbat Table

    Chukat 5778

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    Rabbi Daniel Kirsch | Tamuz 8 5778
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    Chukat

    A FAVOR LIVES FOREVER

    Rabbi Stewart Weiss | Tamuz 8 5778
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    Chukat

    A Tale of Four Islands

    Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff | Tamuz 6 5778
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    Parashat Hashavua

    Being Above, Not Below

    We have discussed in the past Bnei Yisrael’s relationship with the nation of Edom. Now we will take a look at Moav’s relationship with Edom, as portrayed by Amos: “For the three sins of Moav, and for the fourth I will not let them be – on the fact that they burned the bones of the King of Edom into lime” (Amos 2:1).

    Rabbi Yossef Carmel | Tamuz 6 5778
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