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Keranot, Parochet, and Aron

by R. Gidon Rothstein Parshat Terumah I find I’ve studied HaKtav VeHaKabbalah at greater length than our other commentators in previous weeks. Terumah gives me a chance to recalibrate a bit. Horns and Extensions The Torah calls the corners of the altar keranot, 27;2, a word that really means horns. HaKetav VeHaKabbalah says the word was expanded from its original ...

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Honoring the Widow’s Cry

by R. Eliezer Simcha Weisz Honoring the Widow’s Cry: Rav Levin’s Example to Uplift the Mother The Torah in Parshas Mishpotim teaches us :”You shall not abuse a widow or an orphan. If you do abuse them, when they cry out to Me, I will surely hear their cry.” When the position of Jerusalem’s Chief Rav became vacant, the leaders ...

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The Physical and the Spiritual, for God and for Us

by R. Gidon Rothstein Parshat Mishpatim Going Up to “See” God The end of Parshat Mishpatim has another version of the story of the Giving of the Torah, well worth comparing to the one we read last week. For our purposes here, three verses of the story can be taken on their own terms, Shemot 24;9-11. To a plain reading, ...

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Not Just Chosen, But Chosen To…

by R. Eliezer Simcha Weisz Parshas Yisro refelections on todays challenges to Am Yisrael Throughout our history, we have been compelled to defend ourselves in Disputations, confronting accusations against the Jewish people and our  Holy Texts. However, never before have we faced such a disgraceful accusation as Israel faces in the International Court of Justice in The Hague, where Israel ...

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Complaining to Moshe and God

by R. Gidon Rothstein Parshat Beshalach Protests Proper and Im The comment of HaKetav VeHaKabbalah we are about to study does not convince me. Rather, I think it worth considering it to see how assumptions can affect even our greatest Torah scholars, to heighten our alertness to our own propensity to see the world the way we want rather than ...

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The Berachah Before the Ring

by R. Gidon Rothstein Parshat Beshalach: Even HaEzer 34—The Berachah of Erusin It would be logical to think the beracha the rabbi makes before a groom gives a ring to the bride is a birchat ha-mitzvah, a blessing on the mitzvah of marriage. Aruch HaShulchan, Even HaEzer 34;1, points out problems with the idea. The text has us bless/praise God ...

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