Matos – The Value of Life

And Bilaam the son of Beor they killed with the sword.[1]”  It would seem that the death of Bilaam Harasha was a punishment for his efforts to harm Klal Yisroel in the desert. The Gemara, however, cites a far earlier crime that he committed as the reason for

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Parsha Matos – Sister Switch

“And the Children of Gad and Reuven came and said to Moshe and Elazar the Kohen and the leaders of the congregation… Give us that land, force us not to cross the Jordan.” Bamidbar 32:2,5 Strangely enough, the tribes of Reuven, Gad, and a portion of the

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Parshas Matot

Topics covered in this class: Vows and the power of speech. The war against Midian. The tribes of Reuven, Gad and Menashe Vows and the power of speech. The concept of vows – prohibiting that which is permissible. Rosh Hayeshiva: “say what you mean and mean what

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Parshas Matot/Masay

The Mishna in Pirkei Avot asks a question: who is the rich man? The answer to this question appears to be quite obvious. Whoever has the biggest balance in his bank account is the richest man. It is a purely quantifiable question. The Mishna answers however, that

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Parshas Matot

Based on Rav Noah Weinberg It is the night of Yom Kippur. Jewish people all over the world are gathered in shul to hear Kol Nidre. It is a moment of intensity as the chazzan slowly begins the melodic chant so familiar to us all. But how many of

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