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THE POWER OF SPEECH - LIFE & DEATH ARE IN THE TONGUEThis week’s parsha deals with the illness of spiritual leprosy, which in Biblical times afflicted those who spoke loshon hara. Most people are under the impression that loshon hora connotes gossip - fabrications regarding others, but that is... read more
HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK - SHABBOS HAGADOLThe Shabbos before Pesach is called Shabbos Hagadol. The Great Shabbos, for the following reasons: a) There is an ancient tradition that on this Shabbos, Rabbis deliver in-depth sermons dealing with the intricate laws of Pesach, b) In this Shabbos’s Haftorah,... read more
This Shabbos has three special designations: Shabbos Chazak, Shabbos HaChodesh, and Shabbos Mevorchim. 1) Shabbos Chazak: On this Sabbath we conclude the Book of Exodus, and as we do so, the entire congregation rises and proclaims "Chazak, Chazak, V`Nischazek" -- "Be Strong! Be Strong! And may we... read more
HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK - SHABBOS PARSHAS PARANo sooner does the joyous festival of Purim pass, than preparations for Passover commence. In less than 30 days, we will be sitting around our seder tables.Our rabbis teach us that 30 days prior to Passover, we have to begin to study the laws of Pesach ... read more
SHABBOS ZACHORThe Shabbos preceding the holiday of Purim is called Shabbos Zachor, which means “the Shabbos of Remembering.” On this Shabbos, we take out a second Torah scroll and read the Maftir from the Book of Deuteronomy (chapters 25:17-19) in which it says, “Remember what the nation of Amalek... read more
THE JEWISH HOME BEAUTIFUL"They shall make Me a sanctuary so that I may dwell in their midst...” (Exodus 25:8) are the awesome words in this parsha.Our sages ask, "Is it possible for man to build a home for G-d? Isn’t it true that even the heavens cannot contain His holy presence?” How then can we... read more
SHABBOS MEVORCHIM - BLESSING THE NEW MONTHThis Shabbos we bless the new month of Adar. Rosh Chodesh Adar is celebrated for two days: Sunday, February 26th and Monday, February 27th. Our sages teach that, with the advent of the month of Adar, our happiness and joy increase. This is a time of mazel... read more
Do You Listen to What You Hear?Incredibly, the portion is entitled “Yitro” rather than “Moses” or “The Ten Commandments”. The reason for this begs an answer. The parsha opens with the simple, but piercing words, “Vayishma Yithro – Yithro heard”.The voice of G-d was audible throughout the universe,... read more
TU B’SHEVATThis Shabbos we celebrate the holiday of Tu B’Shevat, which translated means “the fifteenth day of the Jewish month of Shevat”. The day is known as the “New Years of the Trees”, for it is in this season that most of the trees in Eretz Yisrael begin to bud. On this day we celebrate by... read more
TEACH OTHERS, ELEVATE YOURSELFAt the beginning of the parsha, we are told that one of HaShem’s goals in the exodus from Egypt was to insure that we tell that story to our progeny: "And so that you may relate it in the ears of your sons and your son’s sons what I have wrought upon Egypt, and My... read more

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