Monthly Archives: March 2011

A Lesson for Diaspora “Jewish Leaders”

29 March 2011 Towards the end of the book of Bereishit (Genesis) it says: And when the days of weeping for him were past, Joseph spoke unto the house of Pharaoh, saying: “If now I have found favor in your … Continue reading

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Opposite Messages of Fire

28 March 2011 In the book of Shemot (Exodus) there are two interesting passages regarding fire. The first is presented in the story of the burning bush. “An angel of Hashem appeared to him in a blaze of fire from … Continue reading

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Letter 1

Dear Art, Since it unfortunately appears that you’re never going to make it to Israel, I decided to start sending you some “letters” via my blog.  In each one I’ll note for you various items that I see each day in Jerusalem.  Although … Continue reading

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Sacrifice before you eat!

Yisrael Eldad, with his piercing insight in the book Hegionot Mikra, touches upon a very interesting point in Parshat Shmini. He says that the laws pertaining to forbidden and allowable foods come after the completion of the laws regarding sacrifices.

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Yom Tov Sheni

6 April 2010 While in the dentist office a few hours ago getting my teeth cleaned, a strange thought popped into my head. I started thinking about yom tov sheni and the fact that there are five each year, which … Continue reading

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Galut is a Curse

11 May 2010 Every time I read the long list of curses in the Torah portion Bechukotai, I’m always struck by the fact that being removed from Eretz Yisrael and subsequently being thrown into exile is considered an awful punishment … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the Haggada of Pesach

17 March 2010 Rav Yisrael Ariel in his book The Haggada of the Mikdash explains that after the destruction of the Mikdash by the Romans the haggada of Pesach underwent a significant change. Whereas the main discussion of the seder … Continue reading

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The Lesson of Purim

8 March 2011 The recent events in Gilad Farm with the alleged firing of rubber bullets on Jewish citizens during the demolition of homes has caused many right-wing and nationalist politicians to forcefully condemn the police actions and claim that … Continue reading

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An Interview with an Arab Dissident

6 March 2011 Introduction Mudar Zahran is a Palestinian Jordanian who fled Jordan and currently resides in England. A former political insider, he is very critical of the Hashemite regime in Jordan both vis-à-vis its treatment of its majority Palestinian … Continue reading

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