Monday, January 27, 2020

Divrei Torah

Five Rashis: Building the Mishkan in the Right Time, With the Right Contributors

A project in memory of Baruch Leib HaKohen b. Mordechai Yidel ve-Dobba Chaya.

Fire on Shabbat

Early in this week’s parsha, Moshe reminds the people of the obligation to keep Shabbat, including abstaining from melacha, creative labor, and

The Enemy

It’s sort of cool when the Torah reading of Titzave coincides with the special reading of Zachor, which reminds us of the obligation to obliterate the nation of Amalek. That’s because there’s a famous Midrash at the beginning of Titzave which reminds us of the symbolism of making extremely pure olive oil for use in the holy Temple.

Parashat Tezaveh: To Carry the Names Before God

The Kohanim hold a lofty position among the Jewish People. They are the ones who serve before God in the Beit HaMikdash, who protect the Temple, and who administer and execute all of its functions. As such, they are a permanent part of the Temple. When one enters the Temple, what he or she expects to see is the glorious structure itself,

Five Rashis, Tetzaveh: It All Comes Together

A project in memory of Baruch Leib HaKohen b. Mordechai Yidel ve-Dobba Chaya

Three times in this parsha, the Torah uses the word tamid which means always but, as Rashi points out, has various connotations. In 27;20, the Torah speaks of using pure oil for a Ner Tamid a permanent light,

Rabbi’s Musings and Amusings

Music of the Soul

Background music; it’s practically everywhere. You can hardly go shopping anywhere without music playing overhead as you browse through the merchandise in a store. In fact, you can probably learn a lot about a store, like what kind of clientele it hopes to

Five Rashis, Mishpatim: The Wheels of Justice Grind Slowly, But They Grind Very Fine

My father, a”h, was fond of the quote I made my title this week, and it’s apropos of what I found in the five Rashis for this week.

What Comes Our Way

21;13 speaks of unintentional killing, and refers to ve ha Elokim ana le yado, that Hashem brought it his way. In the second comment on those words, Rashi sees this as the source verse for David

Holocaust Scholar Coaches YUHS Seniors on “Names Not Numbers” Project

Acclaimed Holocaust scholar and award-winning film producer Dr. Michael Berenbaum returned to the Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy/Yeshiva University High School for Boys to instruct the seniors on technique and the gravity and privilege of interviewing and filming Holocaust survivors as part of the “Names Not Numbers” program.

Mezuzah: A Response to Anti-Semitism

A few weeks ago, I was part of a small group of rabbis and students went to stand in solidarity with the Jews of Paris. The attack on the Super Casher is just one of a string of anti-semitic attacks on world Jewry. I noted that the Jews in Paris vacillated between displaying their Judaism proudly and hiding their Jewish markers out of fear.

Beyond Exodus: On the Multi-Dimensional Character of the Israelites

From the text of Parshat Bo: 10: And when Pharaoh drew near, the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and, behold, the Egyptians were marching after them; and they were very afraid; and the children of Israel cried out unto the Lord. 11: And they said unto Moses: “Were there no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away

New WIJS Program at Young Israel of New Rochelle

New Rochelle—Women’s Initiative for Jewish Studies (WIJS) is a new program with the mission of introducing outstanding women Jewish studies scholars to the Westchester (and beyond) community.  This ongoing program will feature speakers from both the United States and Israel through a series of weeknight lectures held

Ferkauf Graduate School Wins Innovative Training Award

New York–Yeshiva University’s Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology’s Older Adult Program has received the 2014 Innovative Training Award from the Council of Professional Geropsychology Training Programs. The national award, created in 2011, is given to one program each year that demonstrates excellence and creativity in

YI Scarsdale: Please Save the Date for Tikkun Olam

Scarsdale—Teens and adults who would like to do some Tikkun Olam by caring for the homeless are asked to save Saturday evening, February 28 so they can participate in  MIDNIGHT RUNS--one for teens and one for adults

Midnight Run is a Westchester organization that, for 20 years, has been organizing

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