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Mordechai Plotsker

Mordechai Plotsker runs a popular 10-minute nightly shiur on the parsha with a keen interest on the invigorating teachings of the Berditchever Rav, the Kedushas Levi. Plotsker resides in Elizabeth with his wife and children, and can be reached by email at [email protected].

Articles by Mordechai Plotsker

Crime and Punishment

The sudden death of Nadav and Avihu takes center stage in Parshat Shemini, catapulting the narrative from ritual purity and defilement to sacrificial crime and

Who Are You?

Our forefather Jacob was a real person who experienced hate, heartache, and depression. Beginning with his estranged twin brother Esav, who hated and desired murder

The Bird That Flew Away

“Although you were not immersed in any matter aside from walking on the road, this mitzvah (Shiluach Hakan) will escort you and walk before you,”

Proper Intent and The Perfect Score: 100

וְעַתָּה֙ יִשְׂרָאֵ֔ל מָ֚ה ה’ אֱלֹק֛יךָ שֹׁאֵ֖ל מֵעִמָּ֑ךְ כִּ֣י אִם־לְ֠יִרְאָ֠ה אֶת־ה’ אֱלֹק֛יךָ לָלֶ֤כֶת בְּכׇל־דְּרָכָיו֙ וּלְאַהֲבָ֣ה אֹת֔וֹ וְלַֽעֲבֹד֙ אֶת־ה’ אֱלֹק֛יךָ בְּכׇל־לְבָבְךָ֖ וּבְכׇל־נַפְשֶֽׁךָ׃ “And now, Israel, what does

The Power of Speech

In years past, and occasionally in our own time, deals are solidified with a handshake. “I’ll bring the contract tomorrow, and if everything looks good,

Yerushalayim: Then and Now

And Malkitzedek, king of Salem, brought forth bread and wine (Bereishis 14:18) The significance of Malkitzedek, the high priest, bringing forth bread and wine to

Ha’azinu: The Voice

הַאֲזִינוּ הַשָּׁמַיִם, וַאֲדַבֵּרָה; {ס} וְתִשְׁמַע הָאָרֶץ, אִמְרֵי-פִי[1]. The Talmud Yeru­shalmi relates the following “discussion.” Nevuah (prophecy) argued that the appropriate penalty for committing a sin

Seizing Opportunity

“Re’eh anochi nosein lifneichem hayom bracha uklalah. See, I present before you today a blessing and a curse” (Devarim 11:26). Reb Avi Backenroth, shlita, explains

Respect and Honor

In corporate America we adulate those who succeed in the “elevator pitch”—i.e., a very concise presentation of an idea covering all of its critical aspects