Monthly Archives: February 2017

Putting Up An Adar Sign

Gutten Chodesh, my friendly readers.  Adar starts tomorrow, a month of joy for our nation.  The Minhag [custom] is to put up a sign that signals this, a visual reminder that we are supposed to be focused on happiness.  The … Continue reading

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Parashas Shekalim – Half-Coins that we are…

There are four additional Torah readings called “Arbah Parshiyos” that happen around this time of year, where, in addition to the scheduled Torah reading, we add another one pertinent to the time of year. This week is the first one, … Continue reading

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Who Said Anyone Copes — Everyone Is Struggling

If we all would agree we can’t cope, we’d all be able to cope.  It is the fallacy of thinking we are the only ones struggling that makes us want to throw in the towel on the struggle. Physicist Richard … Continue reading

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Mishpatim – Civilly Spiritual or is it Spiritually Civil

PARSHAS MISHPATIM The Shoresh [root word] is שׁ פ ט   which means judge.  Shofeit is a judge; mishpat is a judgment or a law; and lishpot means to judge There are different categories of Mitvos:  Mishpatim are civil laws – laws understandable according … Continue reading

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Haftorah to Parshas Yisro: Isaiah 6

This week’s Haftorah begins with the prophetic revelation of Yeshayahu, and describes his vision of the manifestation of Hashem and of the angels singing praises to G-d. Verse 3:  and one [Seraph/angel] would call out, this one to the other one, … Continue reading

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Parshas Yisro – The Ten Commandments

CHAPTER 20: And G-d spoke all these “devorim” words.  The ten commandments are called the Asseres Hadibros.  RASHI:  G-d said all ten commandments in one utterance. [side note, folks, just some food for thought:  ten sefirot, ten utterances to create … Continue reading

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Mt. Sinai a Head Covering for our nation – Parshas Yisro and Kisoy Rosh

In this upcoming week’s Torah portion [Parshat Yisro], we are told of the mountain held above the Jewish nation’s heads as we accepted the Torah at Sinai.  Kinda like a wedding canopy, G-d stretched out and suspended Mt. Sinai.    We … Continue reading

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