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Every week, new divrei Torah on the weekly parsha are written by Rabbi Naftoly Bier and Rabbi Shimmy Sternfield and emailed to our mailing list.

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Parshas Bo

Print PDF By Rabbi Shloime Lindenbaum דבר נא באזני העם וישאלו איש מאת רעהו…(פרק יא פסוק ב) Hashem asks Moshe to instruct Klal Yisroel to go to the Egyptians and ask to borrow their gold and silver. Rashi points out that Hashem expressed this as a request, almost a plea,

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Parshas Bo: Lessons of Civility

Print PDF By Rabbi Naftoly Bier In פרשת לך לך, Genesis 15:13-14, the Almighty tells Avrohom Avinu, “Know that your offspring shall be in a land not their own – and they will serve them and they will oppress them four hundred years. But also the nation they will serve,

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Parshas Va’era

Print PDF By Rabbi Shloimie Lindenbaum ויצעק משה אל ה’ על דבר הצפרדעים (פרק ח פסוק ח) There are many times throughout the מכות that Pharoah asked Moshe to daven and remove the מכה. The wording describing Moshe’s prayer, however, is unique by the מכה of צפרדע. Every other time

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Freedom: Its True Definition

Print PDF By Rabbi Naftoly Bier In שמות פרק י:א, Exodus 6:1, it states, “and G-d said to Moshe, ‘Now you will see what I will do to Pharaoh; for by a strong hand he will let them [the Jewish people] go. Indeed, by a strong hand he will drive

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Parshas Shemos

Print PDF By Rabbi Shloime Lindenbaum ויהי כי יראו המילדות את האלקים ויעש להם בתים (פרק ב פסוק כא) Shifrah and Puah, the G-d-fearing Jewish midwives, risked their lives defying Pharoah’s order to kill all Jewish male babies. The פסוק says that as a reward, Hashem established houses for them.

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Parshas Shemos: Selfless Dedication

Print PDF By Rabbi Naftoly Bier We are introduced to משה רבינו, our great teacher and leader Moshe Rabeinu, as one who passionately with compassion went to feel the pain of his people and later on, in his life, one who saved seven non-Jewish women (daughters of Yisro) from abuse,

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Parshas Vayechi

Print PDF By Rabbi Shloimie Lindenbaum אחלקם ביעקב אפיצם בישראל (פרק מט פסוק ז) Yaakov tells Shimon and Levi that because of their attack on Shechem- when taking revenge on Dinah’s behalf- they will be scattered throughout the Jewish nation. Rashi expounds further that generally Rebbeim and scribes, professions that

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Parshas Vayechi: Life’s Greatest Blessing

Print PDF By Rabbi Naftoly Bier In Parshas Vayechi, we read that our patriarch, Jacob, gathered his twelve sons with the intention to bestow a blessing to each one. What is perplexing is that the first three sons, Reuven, Shimon and Levi are castigated and criticized for previous actions on

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Parshas Vayigash

Print PDF By Rabbi Shloimie Lindenbaum והגדתם לאבי…כל אשר ראיתם (פרק מה פסוק יג) After Yosef reveals himself to his brothers, he sends them back to Yaakov with instructions to relay to him Yosef’s prestige and all that they have seen in Egypt. What was Yosef referring to when he

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Parshas Vayigash: Respect for Another

Print PDF By Rabbi Naftoly Bier As we learn the story of יוסף הצדיק, we are taught to the extent it’s possible and the grave importance for one to value the dignity of another. In בראשית יב:טו, chapter 39:12-15, the Torah tells us that “…she caught hold of him by

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