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

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Parshas Tetzaveh

Print PDF By Rabbi Shloimie Lindenbaum מחוץ לפרוכת אשר על העדת יערך אותו (פרק כז פסוק כא) The Torah commands בני ישראל to donate olive oil for use in the משכן and explains that its purpose will be for the מנורה which is to be placed outside the curtain that

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The Menorah and Shabbos Candles

Print PDF By Rabbi Naftoly Bier This week’s portion starts off, “ואתה תצוה את בני ישראל, and you should command the children of Israel… to keep the lamp burning constantly.” It is the mitzvah of lighting the מנורה, Menorah on a daily basis in the משכן, Tabernacle, and subsequently the

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Parshas Terumah

Print PDF By Rabbi Shloimie Lindenbaum תקחו את תרומתי (פרק כה פסוק ב) Our Parsha begins with the command that בני ישראל bring the materials needed for the building of the משכן. Rashi tells us that there were thirteen materials contributed. R’ Gedaliah Schorr explains the significance of this number,

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Mishkan: An Expression of Mutual Love

Print PDF By Rabbi Naftoly Bier This week’s Parsha, Exodus 25, 2 states “Speak to the Children of Israel and let them take for Me a portion, every man whose heart motivates him, shall take My portion.” In chapter 35, 21 it states, “Every man whose heart inspired him came,

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Parshas Mishpatim

Print PDF By Rabbi Shloimie Lindenbaum ורפא ירפא (פרק כא פסוק יט) In listing off the laws of various liabilities the Torah tells us that if two people are fighting and one damages the other in way that puts him out of commission, the attacker must pay various payments to

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The Key to Developing Self Respect

Print PDF By Rabbi Naftoly Bier ואלו המשפטים , “and these are the ‘social laws’ that you should transmit in full clarity…” These are מצוות which are to be understood in a logical manner per understanding what Hashem expects from us in our interaction with others. The first mitzvah is

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Parshas Yisro

Print PDF By Rabbi Shloimie Lindenbaum כה תאמר לבית יעקב ותגיד לבני ישראל (פרק יט פסוק ג) In the first proclamation preparing בני ישראל for the monumental giving of the תורה at הר סיני, Hashem delineates two groups- בית יעקב and בני ישראל. Rashi tells us that the first group

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The Torah’s Definition of Leadership

Print PDF By Rabbi Naftoly Bier Upon observing that his son-in-law, Moshe Rabeinu spent an entire day “judging” the Jewish people, each one waiting their turn, Yisro said, “What is this you do to the people; why do you sit alone with people standing by you from morning to evening?”

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Parshas Beshalach | Shabbos Shira

Print PDF By Rabbi Shloimie Lindenbaum אז ישיר משה (פרק טו פסוק א) The famous שירה that בני ישראל sang at the ים סוף begins with the word אז- then. The מדרש notes a different usage of the same word when משה was complaining to Hashem that after he was

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Our Essence

Print PDF By Rabbi Naftoly Bier This Shabbos we once again relive the momentous occurrence of the deliverance of Klal Yisroel at the Reed Sea! The Egyptians, nine million of them, drowned while the Jewish people were saved. As this portion is read in the synagogue, all attendees stand, as

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