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Parshat Vayigash – Confrontation of Kings

Parshat Vayigash – Confrontation of Kings

When Yosef imprisons Binyamin, Yehuda attempts to arouse the compassion of Yosef by depicting the unbearable pain their father would experience upon hearing the news. Yosef then reveals himself by declaring, “I am Yosef. Is my father still alive?” The verse reads, “His brothers could not answer him because they were disconcerted.” Why did Yosef […]

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Chanukah The Inner Battle

Chanukah The Inner Battle

Chanukah comes from the root word chinuch. It is a time of rediscovery of self and a time to explore what we really yearn to achieve.  There are thirteen parshiot in the Torah that discuss the Mishkan because this pivotal concept teaches us how to bring Hashem into our world. Hashem says, “Make for me […]

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Q&A with Rebbetzin Heller

Q&A with Rebbetzin Heller

Question: I’ve been told that Hashem has a personal relationship with every Jew. What does this imply and how do we get closer to Him? Answer: A personal relationship means a relationship of response and awareness. A blade of grass receives its energy from Hashem. It cannot exist for even a split second without Hashem’s […]

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Kever Rachel

Kever Rachel

There is a certain mysterious aura about Kever Rachel. What is the magnetic pull that draws so many Jews to pray there? Why was Rachel not interred in Me’arat Hamachpeila? According to Rashi, she was buried on the way so that the Jews being led to exile could pray at her grave. In Parshat Vayeitzei, […]

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The Joy of Sukkot

The Joy of Sukkot

Based on a Naaleh.com shiur by Rabbi Beinush Ginsburg. Why did Hashem command us to celebrate Sukkot in Tishrei, during the fall season? In addition why is their a special mitzvah of simcha on this holiday? The Sefer Hachinuch writes that it is the time of chag haasif-the ingathering of the harvest. There is natural joy at […]

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Parshat Ki Tavo: Parsha Journeys

Parshat Ki Tavo: Parsha Journeys

Parshat Ki Tavo discusses the blessings that were given on Har Grizim and the curses that were given on Har Avel. While both mountains were situated near each other and enjoyed the exact same climatic conditions, Har Grizim was lush and verdant while Har Avel remained barren. Rav Hirsch explains that this is a timeless […]

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Parshat Re’eh- Dwelling of G-d: Shilo vs. Jerusalem

Parshat Re’eh- Dwelling of G-d: Shilo vs. Jerusalem

Click to Enlarge Naaleh.com presents Rabbi Hershel Reichman teaching about this week’s parsha, Parshat Re’eh In Parshat Re’eh, we read about the various resting places of the Holy Ark. The Torah refers to the final resting place of the Ark as “Menucha V’Nachala”. Chazal say, “Menucha”-tranquility, refers to Shilo and “Nachala”-a resting place, signifies Yerushalayim, […]

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Spiritual Elevation of Physical Reality

Spiritual Elevation of Physical Reality

Judaism views marriage as one of the core aspects of Torah living. In fact, the first incident in the Torah involving people was the story of the marriage of Adam and Chava. In addition, the first commandment in the Torah is “Peru U’revu”-Be fruitful and multiply. The highlight of the marriage ceremony , that which […]

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The Three Weeks

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The gemara relates the story of Rabbi Akiva who was walking with several sages when they saw a fox emerge from the site of the destroyed Beit Hamikdash. The Chatam Sofer explains that a fox represents crafty slyness. In exile, we are less afraid of physical death and more afraid of our oppressors’ devious use […]

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