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The Tenth Commandment

The application of the Ten Commandments handed to Moses, written by the Hand of God in stone can make all the difference in the world when it comes to us living in peace and harmony with ourselves and with our fellow man. The last of these Ten Commandments is the pinnacle of them all.  It says: You […]

Blog Ekev 5781 As Moshe continued his farewell speech, he was reminding the people that if they fulfilled the Commandments, they would live a good life in the Promised Land, but he also reminded them about the times they had worshipped the golden calf, the rebellion of Korach, the sin of the spies and other incidents when […]

What Makes us Different?

This week’s portion, Va’etchanan וָאֶתְחַנַּן‎ (and I pleaded), recounts one of the most emotional and profound speeches in history; it is Moshe’s personal message to his beloved nation, Israel. God had allowed him to climb up, to contemplate the land of Israel, but he didn’t only see the physical land; the future of the nation was also […]

Devarim 5781

The stories in the Torah speak to people at every level of intellect and education. For those who love to delve into its mysteries, there is no end. For those who love to study human psychology, its characters are rife with personalities of every type. We can all find a person in its pages with […]

Do I Keep my Word?

These two portions, Matot (Tribes) – Masei (Journeys) end the fourth book of the Torah Bamidbar (Numbers). Matot emphasizes the subject of vows. Our people, Israel had made a vow to “do and obey” the Ten Commandments that Moshe had brought down from Mt. Sinai. These tablets, the Constitution of Israel, were kept in the […]

Parashat Pinchas 5781

In the previous parashah, we saw how the action of Pinchas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, appeased the Eternal’s anger, by killing the Israelite and the Midianite who had committed an act of terrible indecency in front of the entire congregation stopping the plague that had killed 24,000 people as punishment for […]

The Ninth Commandment

You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor To bear false witness means to say something about someone that is not true. What difference could it make if someone lies about what they saw, for whatever reason? Well, it could be the difference between life and death. The Torah says in Deut. 16:19 not to […]

How can we trust our Creator?

This portion Chukkat can be a little confusing if we take it simply in its literal sense without understanding the process through which the Creator was taking the children of Israel. From יציאה the yetziah, the exit from Egypt to the Promised Land, they had passed through many trials and now we would see this new generation […]