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2643 Lessons
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    Parashat Hashavua

    Connecting to the Torah through Unity

    From Siach Shaul, p. 236-7

    Hashem raised up our spiritual level in an unprecedented manner of “jumping up in levels". This took the nation from the 49th rung of impurity to the highest level of sanctity and preparedness to receive the Torah.

    Rabbi Shaul Yisraeli zt"l | Shvat 18 5782
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    Beshalach

    Shining Miracles

    When there is a multiplicity of miracles occurring all at the same time, like the candle lit in a room with floodlights, its brightness is hardly noticeable. The individual miracle has lost its power of influence and is already discounted by human beings.

    Rabbi Berel Wein | Shvat 18 5782
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    Yitro

    Great Responds

    It is to the credit of Yitro that he chose to act positively upon hearing of the events that occurred to the Jewish people in their exodus from Egypt. He uprooted himself to join the Jewish people in their travels through the desert.

    Rabbi Berel Wein | Shvat 18 5782
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    Yitro

    The Structure of the Good Society

    What makes the te commandments special is that they are simple and easy to memorise. That is because in Judaism, law is not intended for judges alone.

    Rabbi Jonathan Sacks | Shvat 18 5782
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    Beshalach

    The Face of Evil

    The Amalekites attacked Israel during the lifetime of Moses just once. The Egyptians oppressed the Israelites over an extended period, starting a slow genocide by killing every male Israelite child. The whole thrust of the narrative would suggest that if any nation would become the symbol of evil, it would be Egypt. But the opposite turns out to be true.

    Rabbi Jonathan Sacks | Shvat 18 5782
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    Yitro

    The Ultimate Proof of the Truth of Torah

    In honor of the Torah's "Ten Commandments" Portion Rav Netanel Yosifun presents the Ultimate Proof of the truth of Torah

    Rabbi Netanel Yossifun | Shvat 18 5782
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    Beshalach

    Believing & Planting: Beshalach, Emuna, & Tu B'Shvat

    The Torah portion of this week, Beshalach, can be called the Portion of Faith. It is filled with tests and trials that the Children of Israel must undergo on their way out of Egypt, and each one increases and strengthens its faith – emuna - in G-d in a different way. Let us list them and possibly see how they each teach a different lesson in faith:

    Rabbi Hillel Mertzbach | Shvat 12 5782
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    Beshalach

    A Mysterious Story of Manna in Our Generation

    In honor of both this week's Torah portion recounting the falling of the Manna from Heaven, and Tu B'Shvat

    Rabbi Netanel Yossifun | Shvat 12 5782
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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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    Bo

    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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    Va'era

    What Comes Before the Land?

    A basic precondition for understanding both the situation in which the Israelites found themselves on the eve of the Exodus, and our situation today, is to remember the following words of the Sages: "Like the first redeemer (Moshe), so will be the last redeemer (Mashiach)" (Midrash Kohelet Rabba 1,28). That is, there are basic similarities between our situation in Egypt and ours today, during the final Geula.

    Rabbi Yechezkel Frenkel | Tevet 27 5782
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    Va'era

    Public Pressure

    It is difficult to understand the attitude in Moshe's statement to Heaven that it had not yet freed the Jewish people from Egyptian bondage. Moshe certainly realized that Heaven was aware of the promises.

    Rabbi Berel Wein | Tevet 26 5782
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    Va'era

    Freewill

    If God hardened Pharaoh’s heart, then it was God who made Pharaoh refuse to let the Israelites go, not Pharaoh himself. How can this be just?

    Rabbi Jonathan Sacks | Tevet 26 5782
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    Va'era

    Wonder of Wonders

    for whom were these plagues/miracles done? Was it to bring Egypt to its knees, punishment for the inhuman way they mistreated us during 117 years of slavery? Was it to show Paro who really is boss? Was it to strengthen & energize Bnei Yisrael, after so many years of our being downtrodden?

    Rabbi Stewart Weiss | Tevet 25 5782
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    Parashat Hashavua

    Yesterday and the Day Before

    The Exodus from Egypt was a complex and difficult operation, requiring two goals: 1) Convincing Bnei Yisrael that it was going to occur and getting them to the level at which they would be worthy of it. 2) Convincing Paroh to set the people free or force him to do so.

    Rabbi Yossef Carmel | Tevet 24 5782
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    Shmot

    Jewish Idealism

    There were Jews who were willing to cooperate with the governmental authorities in policing the Jewish slave society. Eventually, these Jews also found themselves to be the victims of the Pharaoh and his cruel decree.

    Rabbi Berel Wein | Tevet 19 5782
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