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Dvar Torah

Human Dignity and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This week’s Torah portion, Beshalach, Pharaoh is adamant in his refusal to accede to Moshe’s request, so much so that he allows the devastation of his kingdom that culminates with his army drowning in the Reed Sea. What was Moshe asking from Pharaoh?

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Anger Has Its Place, But When?

Judaism, unique in every way from the common notion of religion, depends on a relationship that is crucial for its continued existence. I am referring to the teacher-student relationship.

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Knesset Yisrael: A Unique Unity

Knesset Yisrael: A Unique Unity

Rav, Rabbi Joseph Dov Ber HaLevi Soloveitchik, the central motif of Parshat Vayechi, is the makeup of the Congregation of Israel, “Knesset Yisrael.” Rather than being a monolithic entity, it is an integrated community of contradictory, mutually exclusive ideas and people.

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Mezuzah on the Right and Ner Chanukah on the Left

Mezuzah on the Right and Ner Chanukah on the Left

The Torah designated the doorway as the focal point for displaying important philosophic concepts of God with the mezuzah on the right. What philosophic concept does the command to display ner Chanukah to the left of the doorway?

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