Divrei Torah

Yitro 5777

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Our parsha relates an incident that revolves around a man and his son in law – Yitro and Moshe Rabbeinu. The father-in-law offers advice which the son-in-law accepts. In these days, we are witnessing a similar relationship but here the son-in-law Gerald Kirschner advises his father-in-law Donald Trump.
Our Prime Minister is in Washington to hear what the President has to say regarding the limitations on our independence in our own land.

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B’shalach-Tu BiShvat 5777

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B’shalach-Tu BiShvat 5777

“When Pharaoh sent the (Jewish) nation out, HaShem did not lead them on the road through Philistine land, though it was a shorter route, for HaShem said that they (the Jews) would return to Egypt when faced with the necessity to wage war.

So HaShem led the people by the desert road toward the Red Sea. The Israelites went up out of Egypt CHAMUSHIM.”

What is the meaning and context of CHAMUSHIM?

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Bo 5777

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Bo 5777

Our rabbis enacted the Pesach seder with its 15 functions and halachot to ensure that the memory of the miracles which HaShem performed for Am Yisrael in Egypt would not be forgotten.

HaShem, via Moshe, commanded that the Jews at the first seder eat matzah and marror, and continue to do so at every subsequent seder.

Our rabbis ordained that we drink four cups of wine corresponding to the four stages of freedom which HaShem led us during the exodus.

However, there is a major element of that time which neither the Torah nor the rabbis included in the future sedarim or in its preparation – daubing blood on the mezuzot (door posts) and the lintels.

Why was this initial act of national emancipation not included in the pre-Seder ritual?

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Va’aira 5777

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Va’aira 5777

President Trump sincerely seeks to make America great again. He has plans, programs, ideas, proposal, propositions, projects, procedures, strategy, stratagems etc., on how to go about realizing his dream. But however ambitious and diverse these objectives might be, they are all contingent on one factor – patriotism. For if there is no love of country and willingness to sacrifice for its security and economic advancement nothing will change.

For the millions who attended the inauguration ceremony in person or saw it through the media it was a time for patriotic love for their country, as they viewed the pomp and circumstance. Pride in being citizens in the most free, most powerful and most prosperous of the family of nations.

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Shmot 5777

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As we depart from the weekly Torah readings of Beraishiet, one would not be adverse to feeling akin to post-partum depression due to the frustrating imbalance between the book’s beginning and its last chapters. The Torah begins with the overwhelming, mind-challenging phenomena of creation and closes with the death and internment of Yosef, signaling the beginning of Am Yisrael’s subjugation.

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Vayechi 5777

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Vayechi 5777

That a thief’s hand is amputated is the legally accepted law in Saudi Arabia and other Moslem fundamentalist societies. However, every decent human being knows that It is immoral to amputate a hungry man’s hand for stealing a piece of bread; but the law is the law!

The law in the Soviet Union sent Jews to Siberia, or worse, for practicing Yidishkeit (Judaism); it was lawful but totally immoral.

In this article, Rabbi Kahana teaches us how to discern who is the guilty party and who is the true victim.

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