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Friday, October 25, 2019

Friday, October 18, 2019

Thursday, October 10, 2019


For  Ha'azinu

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 In a certain way, it should be noted that both the words of Rabbi Hirsch and this presentation of the Sifri indicate that Moshe's ascent of Mount Nevo openly, in broad daylight, indicate the significance of devotion to God. Within both approaches, the demand was not one that was desired but nevertheless it was the Will of God. And, as such, it was done in the open view of all to declare that we indeed follow, with abiding commitment, the Will of God.

Friday, October 4, 2019


For  Vayeilech, Shabbat Shuvah

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I wanted to add that the statement in T.B. Baba Batra 17a which identifies the four individuals who never sinned (Binyamin, the son of Yaakov Avinu; Amram, the father of Moshe Rabbeinu; Yishai, the father of Dovid HaMelech; and Caleiv, the son of Dovid HaMelech) is most significant to our topic. These four individuals, while significant in their own right, were still not the greatest individuals within Jewish history. It would seem that these 'greatest individuals' made mistakes as well.