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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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Bo: Fifth Aliyah

by R. Daniel Z. Feldman Commentary and insights into the fifth portion of Parashas Bo. If you cannot see anything below, click on this link. See here for past weeks: here

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Navigating Antisemitism in the Modern Era

by R. Eliezer Simcha Weisz Navigating Antisemitism in the Modern Era: Is it time for an Exodus today? One of the questions we have been frequently asked by Jews living in different countries, both in the Western bloc and the Eastern bloc, as  a result of the surge of anti-Semitism in their countries, is whether they may remove the Mezuzah ...

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The Road to Nationhood Runs Through the Oral Law

by R. Gidon Rothstein Parshat Bo Chazal Vs. the Text Menachot 37 defines the proper place for head tefillin to be the top of the head (the soft spot on a baby’s skull), despite Shemot 13;15 having said “between your eyes.”  More, Megillah 24 had particularly harsh words for someone who wore their tefillin on their forehead, called it the ways of the Karaites, who mock/denigrate ...

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Matzah and a Message for this Time of War

by R. Eliezer Simcha Weisz This week’s parsha  Bo whispers a powerful message from a seemingly insignificant detail: the Israelites’ hurried exodus. They left Egypt with such haste, their dough untended and unleavened (Shemos 12:39). As Rabban Gamliel reminds us, “Whoever has not said these three  things on Pesach , has not fulfilled his obligation” at the Seder, and the ...

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Beyond Words: Deeds Define Leadership

by R. Eliezer Simcha Weisz ה֥וּא אַהֲרֹ֖ן וּמֹשֶׁ֑ה אֲשֶׁ֨ר אָמַ֤ר ה֙ לָהֶ֔ם הוֹצִ֜יאוּ אֶת־בְּנֵ֧י יִשְׂרָאֵ֛ל מֵאֶ֥רֶץ מִצְרַ֖יִם עַל־צִבְאֹתָֽם׃ הֵ֗ם הַֽמְדַבְּרִים֙ אֶל־פַּרְעֹ֣ה מֶֽלֶךְ־מִצְרַ֔יִם לְהוֹצִ֥יא אֶת־בְּנֵֽי־יִשְׂרָאֵ֖ל מִמִּצְרָ֑יִם ה֥וּא מֹשֶׁ֖ה וְאַהֲרֹֽן׃ הוא משה ואהרן. הֵם בִּשְׁלִיחוּתָם וּבְצִדְקָתָם מִתְּחִלָּה וְעַד סוֹף (מגילה י”א): “He Aaron and Moses… they are the ones who speak to Pharaoh… to bring the children of Israel out of Egypt” ...

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A Week of Corrections

by R. Gidon Rothstein Parshat VaEra Hey at the Beginning of a Word Par’oh’s reaction to the plague of hail gives HaKetav VeHaKabbalah, by R. Ya’akov Tzvi Mecklenburg, opportunities to adjust a reading of a word in consecutive verses. In 9;27, Par’oh summons Moshe and Aharon and concedes, chatati ha-pa’am, usually taken to mean ha-pa’am, this time, I have sinned. HaKetav VeHaKabbalah seems first bothered ...

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Underestimating Unity

by R. Eliezer Simcha Weisz Underestimating Unity: The Unraveling of Hamas in the Face of Israeli Solidarity Introduction: Unprecedented Attacks on Simchas Torah At dawn on Simchas Torah, Hamas struck with unprecedented ferocity, catching Israel off guard. The security barrier was breached, communities and bases overrun, territory conquered, and devastating casualties inflicted. Yet, ironically, these attacks might spell the demise ...

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Showing Solidarity in Times of Crisis

by R. Eliezer Simcha Weisz Showing Solidarity in Times of Crisis: Lessons from Moshe Rabbeinu’s Initiative ֱNow it came to pass in those days that Moshe grew up and went out to his brothers and looked at their burdens, and he saw an Egyptian Man striking a Hebrew Man of his brothers. He turned this way and that way, and ...

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