Parshas Ki Tavo -ALEI LEHAKIM

When the Jewish people entered the land, they were to assemble at two mountains for a new acceptance of the Torah, but the command to do so is found already in this week’s parsha.  Twelve commandments were to be enumerated, and the people would acknowledge publicly that blessings

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Parshas Ki Savo – Rejoincing Amidst Crisis

In this week’s parsha, we read the tochecha, which describes the punishments that B’nei Yisrael will receive if they don’t observe the Torah. Following the tochecha, the Torah writes (28:47) that we are punished not only for failing to perform mitzvos, but even for the way we perform mitzvos.  If our mitzvos are not performed be-simcha, then that can

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First and Foremost

“You shall take of every fruit of the ground produced by the land that the Lord your God is giving you. You must place it in a basket, and go to the site that God will choose.”(Deut. 26:2) The Torah commands us to take the first fruits

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Loud Libraries

Libraries are usually quiet places to allow for contemplation and concentration. Yet, if you walk into a Torah study hall, you may be surprised at the decibel level and the noise. Why is it that Jews study out loud? Parshat Ki Tavo offers an insight that solves

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Parshas Ki Tavo

Bikureiim Read the parsha “Who gave us the land?” That’s right G-d. And we take the first fruits the beginning of reeping our blessings and fortune. Come to Jerusalem to express our gratitude. HaKoras aHaTov is a lost art that is fundamental. Being religious, being a Jew

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Parshas Ki Tavo

This class covers the following topics: Theme of the Sedra. The Mitzva of Bikkurim. The Curses and the Blessings. Preparations for Rosh Hashana. Theme of the Sedra. The whole Sedra is coming to teach us how we should serve G-d. The specifics covered in the sedra are:

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Parshas Ki Tetzei

KiTzazah L’ Milchama71 Mitzvot 24 Positive “do’s” and 47 Negatives “don’ts”Yafas Toar. Goes to war and captures a women. She is dressed in her most alluring and beautiful best as was the custom of the non Jews so the men would be compassionate or just passionate. Now

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Parshas Ki Tetzei #2

Topics covered in this class: The Battle and the War. The Torah and the Yetzer Hora. “Taamai Hamitzvos”. The Battle and the War. In the verse 21:10 the Torah changes its grammatical syntax. The verse starts out in the plural “enemies” but continues in the singular “hand

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Parshas Ki Tetzei

This class covers the following topics: Aishes Yafas Toar. Rashi’s juxtaposition. Some general principles concerning mitzvos. Shiluach Hakan. Aishes Yafas Toar. Rashi tells us that we are talking about an optional war. We learned earlier that only the truly righteous men would go out to fight these

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Status As A Symbol

Author: Rabbi Baurch Leff Status as a Symbol By Rabbi Baruch Leff. The topics of repentance and Yom Kippur need not be all fire and brimstone. There is much about repentance that is positive, inspiring, and meaningful. Maimonides writes: “Each and every person has merits and transgressions.

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Parsha Ha’azinu

Author: Rabbi Bourch Leff(based on the teachings of Rav Yaakov Weinberg zt’l) The pasuk says “Haazinu Hashamayim . . . “. Rashi says that the shamayim was being called as a witness that the Klal Yisrael should never abandon the Torah. Perhaps we can explain /enhance the

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