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The Sedra of Acharei Mos talks about the two goats that played a crucial role in the Yom Kippur service. Both are presented before the tent containing the Holy Ark as " Chatosim " ( sin offerings ) to HaShem. Aaron or his successors then draw lots to select one of the...

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After the death of Sarah, Abraham is faced according to Rabbeinu Yona with the tenth test, the acquiring of the cave of Machpela. Even according to all other opinions who state that the binding of Isaac was the last test, Abraham's encounter with Efron still provided...

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The Sedra of Mikeitz starts with Pharaoh's dreams. Seven fat cows are consumed by seven thin ones. Seven healthy ears of corn swallowed by seven sick ones. Pharaoh is so distressed that he sends for Egypt's wise men and magicians. They are unable to interpret the...

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OUR FATHER AND OUR KING The month of Ellul arrives with a Shofar call and the tone of each day becomes more serious and indeed awesome. Rosh HaShona, the Yom Ha Din is just around the corner. It feels a lot like school and the approach of an important exam. That’s...

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The Sedra reports the debate that preceded the departure of Yisro from the camp of the Israelites In the desert. Moshe implores Yisro to stay arguing that his contribution to the Jewish people is essential and one which only he can perform , Chpt.10 Vs. 31, " And he...

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In the Sedra of Bamidbar the Jewish people are introduced to the concept of Flags. Chpt 2. Vs.1 " G-d spoke to Moshe and Aaron saying each individual will camp round the Tabernacle by their flag upon which will be the device of their father's house." The signs on the...

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The Sedra of Behar introduces the Mitzvah of " Shmita" , that the land of Israel should lie fallow in a seven year cycle. The second verse says " When you come into the land which I am giving you then the land shall keep a Shabbos to G-d " As the Torah was written by...

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The Sedra of Emor introduces the mitzvah of the Omer. What is an Omer ? Rashi points out that an Omer is a measurement, an amount , exactly one tenth of an Ephah. No I wouldn't do that to you......an Ephah is about 2 quarts which is the usual amount for a meal...

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The Aznayim L'Torahsays that for a blessing to succeed there are four ideal conditions. Firstly the person giving the blessing must love the person who receives it. Secondly the person giving the blessing should be a Tzadik (saint). Thirdly the person receiving the...

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The mystery of the Poro Adumah (Red Heifer) defeated even King Solomon whose wisdom was renowned as beyond comparison. The Ashes of the Heifer were used to purify those impure through contact with a corpse. Yet the same ashes contaminated the purifier and required him...

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