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Behar: Trust in Hashem

The parsha opens with talking about the shmitta year- the Shabbos for the land. The year we let the land lie fallow and all can come onto the owners land and take produce. Every Thursday nite the SD reads the … Continue reading

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Emor: Serving Hashem

Parsha  Emor begins exhorting the Cohan not to be defiled by death. The Cohan is not to come in contact with the dead.   The Isbhitz quotes a parable:  A king tells his chef,  “Don’t even look at a dead person.” … Continue reading

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Parshat Kedoshim:”Shabbos”

Parsha Kedoshim, the parsha about holiness starts with Shabbos: You shall be holy, you shall fear your mother and father and you shall guard the shabbos. A quick story:  This Thursday morning, during davening the SD was thinking about this … Continue reading

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Comfort-Nechama and Parsha Zachor

Yesterday we read parsha Zachor and the Haftora of Samuel chapter 15.The haftorah is actually more revealing. Hashem tell Samuel to tell King Saul to kill all of Amalek. Kill them all, including children. Saul does not kill the king … Continue reading

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Chullin 91 and the Wrestling Jacob

In chullin 91, we are learing about the “Gid Hanesha” or sciatic nerve in the rear of the animal which cannot be  eaten.  The prohibition stems from the story in parsha  Vayishlach.   The story is Jacob finds himself alone and … Continue reading

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Parsha Vayechi: What’s in a Name? Jacob or Israel

This SD just started reading the Ohr Hachaim. It is one of the commentaries in the Chumash. (Don’t be impressed, there is an English Translation which I read when I don’t quite understand the Hebrew.) The Ohr Hachaim starts by … Continue reading

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Woody Allen:Why do we Eat Doughnuts on Chanuka?

Woody Allen in Annie Hall (or maybe Manhattan) asks in a sing-song Talmudic voice “Why do we at Matzo on Pesach?” The same can be asked of doughnuts on Chanuka. On Tuesday nite the SD went to a class given … Continue reading

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