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Sukkot 5778

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Sukkot 5778

The critical factor in any sukkah is its schach (the leafy roof), which is governed by three Halachic conditions: (1) it must be from the vegetable family (grown from the earth); (2) it must be detached from the earth at the time of use; and (3) it must be an entity that cannot acquire tuma, making bread or fruit not valid material for schach.

The Zohar (Emor 103a) and kabbalists have revealed that during Sukkot the souls of the seven great leaders of Israel – Avraham, Yitzchak, Ya’akov, Moshe, Aharon, Yosef and King David – appear in every kosher sukkah as ushpizin (guests). Some claim that each one appears individually on his respective night, while others claim that they appear together, with one serving as the leader in his respective night.

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Ki Tavo 5777

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Ki Tavo 5777

Discernment, insight, and conscious awareness are the adhesives that bind the building blocks of Judaism.

They are the everyday qualities necessary for a Jew, but they gain prominence in two issues we face today: parashat Ki Tavo and the approaching “Days of Awe” of judgement and teshuva.

Our parasha begins with the mitzva of Bikurim, where the grower of any of the seven fruits indigenous to Eretz Yisrael brings a sampling to the Bet Hamikdash, and while standing before the holy altar, consciously declares:”… I have come to the land the Lord swore to our ancestors to give us… So, the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, with great terror and with signs and wonders. He brought us to this place and gave us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey; and now I bring the first fruits of the soil that you, Lord, have given me.”

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Emor, Yom HaZikaron & Yom Ha’atzmaut 5776

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Emor, Yom HaZikaron & Yom Ha’atzmaut 5776

Medinat Yisrael is 68 years young. In terms of nation building we are still in our infancy, and like an infant that cries and grows, we cry at the cost of the 23447 lives of our defense forces from the turn of the 20th century and the more than 2500 citizens who lost their lives through Arab terror from the beginning of the Medina, as we continue to grow in every field of endeavor.

If anyone doubts the miraculous existence of the Medina just consider the following statistics…

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Mishpatim 5776

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BS”D Parashat Mishpatim 5776 Rabbi Nachman Kahana Open Your Eyes – the Angels are working overtime! In last week’s parsha, Rashi states that when Aharon met Moshe after tens of years of separation, Moshe introduced his wife Tzippora and his two sons. Aharon’s reaction was one of grief and hurt. The Jewish people now in Egypt are being crushed under the yoke of slavery; why bring three more Jews into this cruel situation!? From his reaction, it would appear that Aharon was denying or at least doubting the forthcoming exodus, because if indeed the Jews were to be leaving even within a year’s time (which occurred), why did Aharon object to three more Jews taking part in the great experience? The answer lies in our parsha. The initial set of Halachot which was...

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Yitro 5776

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Awe, obedience, love, to serve, with all your heart and with all your soul. When taken together, these feelings comprise the most profound emotions of which we as human beings are capable. However, they remain devoid of meaning when not predicated on the one overriding feeling – TRUST.

What would we say to a young woman who has received a marriage proposal and willingly accepts the conditions of “awe, obedience, love, service, with all her heart and with all her soul” but does not trust the man’s word nor his promises?

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Bo 5776

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HaShem is the creator of time and the master of timing, notwithstanding our inability to appreciate His elusive subtleties.
Tradition tells us that the ten plagues occurred over a period of one year, during which time the servitude ceased, and the Jews were able to sit back to enjoy in spectator fashion the sweet taste of revenge.

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