Posts by NKahana

Teruma  5778

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Teruma  5778

HaShem seeks to complete His creation by joining the absolute material world of Am Yisrael with the absolute spiritual world of the Creator – each one providing one half of the equation.

HaShem began the world, but He requires the Jewish people to make its completion through the mitzvot.

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Mishpatim 5778

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Mishpatim 5778

Among the many halachic issues in the parasha, there are the four categories of shomrim (guardians or watchmen) who do not return the items under their care and are required to swear before a rabbinic court, while holding a Torah scroll, that they were not guilty of negligence.

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Beshalach 5778

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Beshalach 5778

There is a defect in our personalities, like a scratch on a record that keeps repeating itself with every turn of history. The fantastic tenacity of the refugees on the Exodus and other ships to reach these hallowed shores was, in no small part, the reaction of the prohibition of coming here. Had the British opened the gates to the Holy Land, I would venture to say that many would not have come.

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Bo 5778

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Bo 5778

Moses answered, “We will go with our young and our old, with our sons and our daughters, and with our flocks and herds, because we are to celebrate a festival to HaShem.”

Jews have traditionally identified or defined themselves in accordance with the historical, political and religious realities of the time.

The twelve sons of one father, Yaakov, should have coalesced into one unified nation of Am Yisrael; however, because they were born to four different mothers, Rachel, Leah, Bilha and Zilpa, the twelve maintained tribal identities that continued for generations.

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Va’eira 5778

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Va’eira 5778

In place of his usual article on the parashat and current events, this week Rabbi Nachman Kahana prefers to share with you this video interview about being a Jew vs. being Jewish, along with his personal aliyah story and some of his family’s experiences living in Israel.

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Shemot 5778

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Shemot 5778

HaShem appears to Moshe at the “burning bush” with a message of hope and salvation (Shemot 3,7-8):
7) And HaShem said, “I have indeed seen the suffering of my people in Egypt. I have heard them cry out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering.
8) So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey—the present place of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites…

In this initial revelation to Moshe (3,7-8) HaShem refers to the people and to the land. The spiritual Torah factor is alluded to only in verse 12:
And HaShem said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.”

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