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How Did They Know?

Woe to my teachers when I was a little boy! I had the fantastic privilege of sitting on my father’s lap when he taught every topic under the sun. I picked up just enough information to cause problems for the teachers in Eitz Chaim Day...

Connections

I was riding a bus in Israel for the first time. I already new that Israelis were news hungry, so was not surprised to hear the news being played over the bus’ speakers. Then I heard a reporter comment about President Carter, “Mah inyan Shemittah...

Echoes II

I still hear echoes: “And these are the laws that you shall place before them.” “This is the Torah that Moses placed before the Children of Israel.” What is the difference between “giving” the Torah and “Placing” it before Israel? It’s even more interesting that we refer to this...

Echoes I

I hear echoes;: “And these are the laws that you shall place before them.” “This is the Torah that Moses placed before the Children of Israel.” Place before. It does not say to give, but to place something in front of them. Rashi explains that Moses was commanded to...

The Study Partner

I recently took out a sefer – holy book - that I studied in the summer of 1980 in order to certify as a Shochet – a ritual slaughterer. I was surprised to find that it was a far more enjoyable study and challenge than...

Growing Up

[caption id="attachment_1905" align="alignleft" width="242" caption="Growing Up"][/caption] We know well the terrible story of Moshe hitting the rock to which he was supposed to speak. This week is the story of the rock he was ordered to strike with his staff. Why was he told to hit the...

The Host II

[caption id="attachment_1895" align="alignleft" width="250" caption="The Perfect Host"][/caption] We were introduced to our Host in the desert, and in life: We learned of His generosity and attention to detail. We discovered how this Infinite Being displays His concern for each of us as individuals. We experienced this...