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Life Lessons from Harry Potter_Parshas Terumah

My high school principal was a brilliant man who was also very wise – unfortunately, those two do not always go together. Rabbi Eliezer Breitowitz, our principal, was blessed with a wealth of knowledge and an uncommon amount of common sense. In middle of eleventh grade, a young man applied to the school. Applying to more »

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Mash-Up #4

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Is the Mishkan Ideal or a Concession? Parshas Terumah

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Laws of Purim #4

There is a Mitzvah to hear the Megillah read both in the evening and in the morning. It is an obligation for both men and women. Like all Mitzvos, there is an obligation on the parents to teach their children in fulfilling the Mitzvah. The appropriate age is subjective. When a child can sit through more »

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Laws of Purim #3

In the times of the Temple, announcements were made throughout the Land of Israel on Rosh Chodesh Adar that everyone should donate a half-shekel to the Bais HaMikdash to be used to pay for the daily sacrifices. Despite the lack of Bais HaMikdash there is an ancient custom that we donate money to the poor more »

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Laws of Purim #2

There are four special Torah portions that are read immediately preceding and during the month of Adar; Parshas Shekalim (February 10), Parshas Zachor (February 24), Parshas Parah (March 9), and Parshas Hachodesh (March 16). One should make an extra effort to hear those portions being read at shul, however it is only Parshas Zachor which more »

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Laws of Purim #1

There is a Mitzvah to increase one’s joy during the month of Adar. It is a time when great things happened to the Jewish People and so it is also seen as an opportune time for success.  Our Sages, in explaining the methods of increasing happiness during this time, focus on ‘simcha shel mitzvah’ the more »

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The Opioid Epidemic: Nothing as Whole as a Broken Heart Parshas Mishpatim

As a very young child, I remember thinking that my family was part of a Chassidic dynasty. There is a Chassidic group known as Modzhitz; they’re most famous for their music; the many beautiful songs their Rebbes composed, such as the tune I use every month for Birkas Hachodesh. Well, Modzhitz, Motzen – they kind more »

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Teruma Themes

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Judaism’s Radical View of Slavery – Parshas Mishpatim

A tremendous thank you to Rabbi Elchonon Samet for most of the sources I share in this class. http://files.nertamid.net/shiurim/Apps/recordings/Slavery.mp3Podcast: Download

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