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Vayelech(Deuteronomy 31)The Torah as God’s Song

The 613th command – to make the Torah new in every generation – symbolizes the fact that though the Torah was given once, it must be received many times, as each of us, through our study and practice, strives to … Continue reading

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Contemporary Kabbalists on Parshat Nitzavim

Every day of our lives is a series of choices: between good and evil, blessing and curse and life and death. On the surface, the choice is not always clear. Often, we must peel away the outer shell of reality … Continue reading

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Rav Kook on Parshat Nitzavim

The Torah portion of Nitzavim is always read before Rosh Hashanah, a fitting time to speak about reflection and repentance. Often we have a strong desire to make changes in our lives. We may want to be better parents, better … Continue reading

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Parshat Nitzavim(Deuteronomy 29:9-30:20)

Rashi describes that after hearing all the curses the faces of Bnei Yisrael were green with fright. Who could possibly with stand such tragedies? Who could survive such horrors? This weeks parsha answers as it begins, “YOU are all standing … Continue reading

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Rav Kook on Parshat KiTavo

There is an unusual mitzvah performed twice every seven years. It is called Viduy Ma’aser — literally, ‘Tithing Confession.’ But this is not a confession in the usual sense. The individual goes to Jerusalem and publicly declares that he has … Continue reading

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Contemporary Kabbalists on Parshat KiTavo

Mount Eval is the mountain of curse. Concealed in the deep significance of the altar built there, though, we understand that Mount Eval is a source of joy. What is it about Mount Eval that transforms it from a barren … Continue reading

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Parshat Ki Tavo(Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8)

Parshas Ki Tavo opens with Moshe Rabbeinu telling B’Y that when they settle and plant and harvest the fruits, the first of them they will put into a basket and brought to the Kohen on the Temple Mount. In verses … Continue reading

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The Torah of a United World

How unfortunate are those who only eat the straw instead of the real fruit of Torah and don’t understand the inner secrets of the Torah. They learn only the simple stories as they are written and the logical deductions associated … Continue reading

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WAR: What It’s Good For

The opening words, “When you go out to war against your enemies” (Deut. 21:10) can be interpreted to refer to going to an individual’s war against his negative inclinations. The Baal HaTurim connects this phrase with the final word in … Continue reading

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Contemporary Kabbalists on Parshat Ki Teizei

In this weeks Torah portion of Ki Tetzeh God instructs us to construct a fence around the roof of our new homes in order to prevent someone from falling off the roof and being killed (Deuteronomy 22:8 ). This commandment … Continue reading

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