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Dvar Torah

The Completion of Our Exodus From Egypt

Shavuot is unique among all the other Yomim Tovim in our yearly cycle of celebrations. Parshat Emor, Chapter 23 of Sefer Vayikra (Leviticus) describes all of our sacred holy days and gives the dates when they should start. All except the holiday of Shavuot. Why?

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The Reality of Reunified Jerusalem

If I forget you Jerusalem, may my right arm forget its skill. May my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth if I don’t remember you if I do not set Jerusalem above my highest joy.” (Tehillim 137:5-6) These two verses capture a vital tenet of our religion and culture, the centrality of Jerusalem.

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The Seasons for God

This week’s Torah portion Emor, אמור, contains within it the section of the “moadim,” מועדים. How exactly to translate the term “moed,” מועד, to convey its proper significance, is not so simple.

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