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    The Israeli State and Goverment

    The Value of Nationhood

    Translated by Hillel Fendel

    In the Book of Shmot, we are no longer individuals, as in Breishit, but rather begin to appear in history as a Nation. Why is a national framework so critical?

    Rabbi Haggai Lundin | Sivan 14 5781
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    Pkudei

    The Mishkan and much more

    Select meanings and secrets of the Mishkan are revealed

    Rabbi Avraham (Abe) Abrahami | iyar 6 5781
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    Terumah

    Betzalel: Man’s Lofty Intellect

    Rabbi Michael Linetsky | Nissan 23 5781
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    Vayakhel

    How is Living in the Diaspora Idolatry?

    Israel National Torah

    examining the two rectifications of idolatry: Shabbat and the Land of Israel.

    Baruch Gordon | Adar 27 5781
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    Vayakhel

    Celebrate

    If leaders are to bring out the best in those they lead, they must give them the chance to show they are capable of great things, and then they must celebrate their achievements.

    Rabbi Jonathan Sacks | Adar 27 5781
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    Vayakhel

    What Was the Mysterious "Tachash" Used in the Mishkan?

    Rabbi Stewart Weiss | Adar 27 5781
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    Vayakhel

    The Great People Who Could

    It would have been wise for the Egyptians,to have developed some of our forefathers into fine craftsmen who could have contributed to society. This would have come in handy for us, especially when we had the necessity to build the Mishkan. I Yet, I am unaware of statements of Chazal that speak of the artisans of the Mishkan having such training, and the p’sukim imply the opposite.

    Rabbi Daniel Mann | Adar 23 5781
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    Ki Tisa

    How Leaders Fail

    Leaders can fail for two kinds of reason. The first is external. The time may not be right. The second kind of failure is internal. A leader can simply lack the courage to lead.

    Rabbi Jonathan Sacks | Adar 20 5781
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    3 min
    Ki Tisa

    Then the Tabernacle, Now the Land

    discussing the campaign found in Ki Tisa for the building materials to construct the Tabernacle and Sanctuary, and tells how we can participate in like construction today.

    Baruch Gordon | Adar 20 5781
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    Ki Tisa

    What Is Judaism's Most Powerful Prayer?

    Rabbi Stewart Weiss | Adar 19 5781
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    Ki Tisa

    Courage and Commitment

    Why didn’t Hashem just announce the whole total of the nation? Why did Moshe have to go around to the tents at all?

    Rabbi Stewart Weiss | Adar 19 5781
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    Ki Tisa

    Mordechai Hidden in the Ktoret

    the name of the hero of the Purim story, Mordechai, is alluded to in our Parsha which describes the spices that constitute the incense offering in the tabernacle and temple.

    Rabbi Berel Wein | Adar 18 5781
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    Ki Tisa

    Anointing Oil - part II

    If the shemen hamish’cha (anointing oil) is used inappropriately, is the anointer liable, the anointed, or both of them? If someone produces shemen hamish’cha inappropriately, is he liable, regardless how much he produced? Where is the shemen hamish’cha poured? Where will we find the shemen hamish’cha today?

    Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff | Adar 18 5781
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    Parashat Hashavua

    Quality Over Quantity

    “When you count (Ki tisa) the heads of Bnei Yisrael... and there should not be a plague" The counting reminds us of the upcoming elections and the plague reminds us of the not yet finished Corona pandemic.

    Rabbi Yossef Carmel | Adar 17 5781
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    Tetzave

    The Counterpoint of Leadership

    One of the most important Jewish contributions to our understanding of leadership is its early insistence of “the separation of powers”. Neither authority nor power was to be located in a single individual or office. Instead, leadership was divided between different kinds of roles.

    Rabbi Jonathan Sacks | Adar 13 5781
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    3 min
    Tetzave

    How Temple Laws Apply To Modern Israel

    Israel National Torah

    Using one of the laws of the Temple found in Parshat Tetzave to teach something insightful about the building of the modern State of Israel.

    Baruch Gordon | Adar 11 5781
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    Parashat Hashavua

    Why Not Move the Aron? “Hineni”

    We will try to look at yet another aspect of our great regard for the aron (ark) and its powerful religious significance.

    Rabbi Yossef Carmel | Adar 11 5781
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    Tetzave

    The Similarities Between Tetzaveh and Purim

    There seems to be great similarities between this Torah reading and the reading of the book of Esther on Purim. Throughout the entire Torah, we find that the name of our great teacher Moshe (after his birth) is found in each weekly portion, with one lone exception. In Tetzaveh Moshe’s name never appears, even though we are aware that Moshe is the one who wrote this portion of the Torah and taught it to the Jewish people for all eternity. We are aware that Moshe is the hidden author, the director of events behind the scenes.

    Rabbi Berel Wein | Adar 10 5781
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    Terumah

    The Home We Build Together

    The sequence of the next few parashot outlines the construction of the Tabernacle. Why so long? why is the making of the Mishkan in the book of Exodus at all?

    Rabbi Jonathan Sacks | Adar 5 5781
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    Mishpatim

    The Morality of Conquest

    Israel National Torah

    How it can be "moral" for the Jewish People to have entered the Land of Canaan, killed its inhabitants, conquered the Land, and called it the Jewish homeland.

    Baruch Gordon | Adar 5 5781
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