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Shemini 5777

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Shemini 5777

After 3500 years of serving as Hashem’s chosen people with a history unlike any other nation – neither in suffering, nor in accomplishments – the time has come to examine if the Jewish nation is a success story or a failure.

We are the only ancient people that is still alive – success. However, the majority of Jews today are not conscious Torah observers – failure. So, at the end of the day, is Hashem “happy” or “disappointed” with us?

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Tzav – Shabbat Hagadol 5777

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Tzav – Shabbat Hagadol 5777

The Hagada of Pesach states that every Jew is required to see himself as if he was enslaved and then redeemed from Egypt. One must muster up every power of imagination to be in the reality of Egyptian slavery.

I would like to suggest another “make-believe” moment of meditation, albeit radically different with the emphasis on reliving the glorious days of our history, and while we are already prepared to go down memory lane, let’s take a small leap from placing ourselves in actual experiences to experiences that could have happened.

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Vayikra 5777

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Vayikra 5777

Lashanah haba’ah biy’rushalaim!

Lashanah haba’ah biy’rushalaim hab’nuyah!

What do you mean when you sing “next year in Yerushalayim”?

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Vayak’hel 5777

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Vayak’hel 5777

The last four parshiot of Shemot deal with the first national project of Am Yisrael – the holy Mishkan (Tabernacle) – that embraced all segments of the nation’s population.

Three monetary “endowments” were required: one half shekel with which to purchase the animals and other items for public sacrifices; another half shekel from which were formed the base supports for the Mishkan’s ten amot (five-meter-high) wooden planks; and an open donation for all the other articles required for the Mishkan’s construction and sacrificial activities.

A national project of Am Yisrael that required the heart, soul, and physical efforts of every Jew.

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Ki Tisa 5777

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Ki Tisa 5777

Yoel Chaim (Jared Kushner) informs his wife Yael (Ivanka): “Abu Mazen (Machmud Abbas) has just sealed a deal with Hamas in the south, and Hezbollah in Lebanon to attack Israel and murder all the Jews – men women and children – on one specific day, and the only one who can prevent it is you!”

Yael is desperate. She tells Yoel Chaim to secretly request all the Jews in the world to fast three days and pray for her success.

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Tetzaveh 5777

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Tetzaveh 5777

The military victory is the essential, although underplayed, miracle of Purim. The Megillah records that on the 13th of Adar in the outlying areas, and on the 13th and 14th in Shushan, the capital, the Jews killed 75,800 of the enemy while losing none of our own.

In the lighter spirit of Purim and the military victory, I wish to cite four non-military anecdotal episodes which appear in my forthcoming autobiography dealing with the 22 years I served as a reserve soldier in Tzahal.

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