Netzavim – Rosh HaShana

Topics covered in this class: Rosh HaShana is Mankind’s birthday. Rosh HaShana is the Day of Judgment. Judgment is a sign of caring. Relating to one’s wrong doings. Living in a consequential world. T’shuva. The halachically mandated disposition of RH. Introduction: The Sedra of Netzavim is always

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A Perspective on Fear

A Perspective on Fear “When you go out to war against your enemy and you see horses and chariots, an army greater than you, do not fear them, for the Lord your God, Who took you out of Egypt, is with you.”(Deut. 20:1) How can we possibly

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Parshas Shoftim

The fifth book of the Chumash is Devarim. Moshe’s review and prep for the Jewish people to enter the land of Israel.Shoftiim gives us an insight into the society we are to create in the land. A utopian society.What is the society the Torah wants for us?

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Parshas Shoftim

This class covers the following topics: Shoftim and shotrim Administering justice. The king and his ways. Shoftim and shotrim. Why is it said in the singular? This is a warning that each and every person should establish their own policing policy over themselves.“In your gates”, guard your

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The Mitzvah of Tzeduka

The parsha discusses the mitzvo of tzedaka and promises a special bracha to one who fulfils this mitzvo b’simcha: “You will surely give to him [the poor man] and you should not feel bad in your heart when giving him; because of this thing (davar hazeh) Hashem,

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The Love of Kindness

The Love of Kindness “Grant truth to Jacob, kindness to Abraham, as you swore to our forefathers from ancient times.”(Micha 7:20) In the first, second, fourth, and fifth years of the seven-year Shmitah cycle, Jews living in Israel were commanded to separate a tenth of their crops

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Parshas Re’eh

Parshas Re’eh PreparationRav Yaakov Weinberg, ZTL pointed out in the first pasuk that the brachos and curses at Harai Gerizim and Eval were not going to occur for some time. They would onlybe carried out once Klal Yisrael would go into Israel. So why then does Kavayachol say that,

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Parshas Re’eh

Topics covered in this class: Who is the true prophet? G-d’s children. Simchas Yom Tov. Who is the true prophet? One of the Ekarim, G-d communicates to man. How do we know who is a true prophet? Rambam tells us that there are two ways of determining

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Parshas Ekev Ahavas Hashem  Several times, the mention of the mitzva of Loving Hashem is found in our parsha. Rav Yaakov Weinberg zt”lpointed out in the Rambam Yesodei Torah, Perek 2, an interesting yesod. The Rambam says, ‘Keitzad hee haderech lahavaso v’liraso’. Does the Rambam say on the mitzva of tefillin,

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Parshas Ekev

Author: Rabbi Baruch Leff based on teachings of Rav Yaakov Weinberg zt”l Ahavas Hashem Several times, the mention of the mitzvah of Loving Hashem is found in our parsha. Rav Yaakov Weinberg zt”l pointed out an interesting yesod in the second perek of Hilchos Yesodei Torah of

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Parshas Ekev

This class covers the following topics: Introduction to the portion of Ekev. Trusting in G-d while in battle for the Land. The pitfall of success. Not because of our merits do good things happen. G-d always “eyes” the Land of Israel. Introduction.The people are about to enter

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Parshas Ekev

Based on Rav Noah Weinberg There is a story often told of a businessman who boasted to his family, “I built this business from nothing, made it success, and did it all on my own.” Later the business burns down and the man lifts his head and

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The Greatest Jewish Problem

If I asked each of you what was the greatest Jewish Problem, I’m sure I would get a variety of answers. Many would say the current crisis in Israel, between Israel and the Palestinians. Still others would say the rise in anti-Semitism around the world. Many would

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Parshas V’etchanan

LeZecher Nishmas Rav Yaakov Weinberg zt”l – Parshas VaEschanan Disclaimer: Please see disclaimer at the bottom. All feedback is appreciated. The Purpose of Mitzvos Moshe is praying to G-d in order to go into Israel so that he can grow in his recognition of Kavayachol. Otherwise, why

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