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Nitzavim 5776

28 Elul  5776  פרשת נִצָּבִים, כ”ח אלול, תשע”ו This is the last portion before we start our High Holidays which is spiritually charged both positively and negatively for the Jewish people.  There is a heaviness that we feel for it the time when we do our checks and balances for the past year. Many businesses […]

Balak 5776

17 Tammuz  5776 According to the Midrashim, Balak the King of Moab was actually a Midianite (relative of Moses wife) and being a Moabite was a direct descendant of Lot.  Bilaam the Gentile prophet was a direct descendant of Lavan, the father-in-law of Jacob. In the final analysis, we can say that everything happened within […]

Korach 5776

3 Tammuz  5776  פרשת קֹרַח, ג’ תמוז, תשע”ו This parashah is a very crucial and holds the name of a very controversial person. Why would our elders give Korach so much importance by naming a portion after him?  Our Creator clearly shows us that our heroes are shown for whom they really are— human beings […]

Shelach 5776

3 Sivan  5776  פרשת שְׁלַח, כ”ו סיון, תשע”ו There are two versions of this portion Shelach here and in Deuteronomy 1 where Moshe gives us a different narrative. In Deut. it looks like the people are requesting that Moshe send the scouts to reconnoiter the land whereas in Numbers it is the Creator to do […]