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FORMULA FOR PEACE          Korach, a cousin of Moses from the distinguished Tribe of Levites, falls prey to the three sins which our sages teach are the source of all destructive character traits: jealousy, lust, and the thirst for honor. In his obsession, he foments rebellion and tries to unseat... read more
PARSHAS SHELACH IT’S NOT WHAT YOU SEE, BUT HOW YOU SEE IT THAT COUNTS            In this week’s parsha ,we discover our tragic predilection for self-destruction. Even if G-d performs open miracles and bestows every blessing upon us, it will be to no avail if we are bent on trouble. G-d performed... read more
A JEWISH LITMUS TEST WHEN DO YOU FEEL DEPRIVED?           In this week’s parsha we find two separate incidents that reveal the essence of our people. In the opening passage, Aaron is instructed to kindle the light of the menorah. This mitzvah was given to Aaron after the Princes of the Tribes... read more
PARSHAS BAMIDBAR - DISCOVER YOUR FLAG          In this week’s parsha, we begin the 4th of the Five Books of Moses. This Book is also known as Sefer HaPekudim - the Book of Numbers, for G-d commanded that a census be taken of the Jewish people. You might ask what the purpose of that census might be... read more
This coming Shabbos we celebrate the completion of the Book of Vayikra - Leviticus, which is the third of the Five Books of the Torah.SHABBOS CHAZAK -- B`HAR B`CHUKOSAIThis Book is also known as Toras Kohanim, since it focuses on the many laws and responsibilities pertaining to the Kohanim -- the... read more
Highlight of the Week - PESACH SHENINever too late for a second chanceThe Torah relates that many people came to Moshe complaining that, since they were ritually impure, they were unable to bring the Pesach sacrifice.G-d told Moshe that those who were unable to do so, could bring the offering one... read more
THE PATH TO SPIRITUALITY        Many people will tell you that while they may not be observant, they are spiritual. What exactly does that connote? Does it mean meditating? Vegetarianism? Jogging?          It is none of the above, for all the aforementioned are self-focused. In this week’s parsha,... read more
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


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