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Parshat Vayakhel

When Ima got home from work, she told all the kids to clean up the house. Max wanted to help, but he wanted to let Ella and Mia clean up too, so he went upstairs to do his homework and would come down later to finish cleaning up. When he went back downstairs he saw the whole house was clean. He was so annoyed. He wanted his siblings to get

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Corona Diary #23: Free Your Mind

Parshat Ki Tisa

Moshe descending from the mountain, clutching the Divine tablets, is one of the most iconic images of the entire Torah. Finally, after close to 2,500 years, the word of God was written and delivered to humans; Heaven and earth merged. Sadly, the Luchot would not long endure

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The First Aliyah of Ki Tisa: Preparing the Remedy

The first aliyah of Parshat Ki Tisa is not only rather long at 45 pasukim, but it also seems rather out of place. The bulk of Parashat Ki Tisa tells the story of the Egel HaZahav, the sin of the golden calf. The first aliyah, however, continues to deal with aspects of the Mishkan and its upkeep.

The

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There Is Always a Path to Teshuva

There is a house in Passaic that has a statue of Humpty Dumpty placed on the high wall between their property and the sidewalk. As we know from the children’s rhyme, after Humpty Dumpty fell, he couldn’t be put together again. In passing that statue this week, it made me think about this week’s parsha of Ki Sisa, where Moshe shattered

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To Tell the Truth

The Torah admonishes us to keep away from falsehood (Shemot 23:7). Mishlei (30:8) warns us: “Keep falsehood and lies far away from me.” While lying and deception are frowned upon, apparently, it is more widely practiced than we may care to admit.

R’ Yisrael Belsky, a”h, had a series of lectures

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Growth in Hiding

Moshe sees the joy, the dancing, and the partying taking place with the golden calf and breaks the first Luchot. Although this may seems to be the reason for the breaking of the Luchot, the Midrash Tanchuma (Ki Tisa, 31) seems to provide a catalystitical reason that seems to be the backbone for why the first Luchot did not merit to last,

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Why We Value Understanding Hashem

According to the Rambam (Hilchot Yesodei HaTorah 1:10), Moshe’s request of Hashem to “show me your honor (way)” (Shemot 33:18) captures his heartfelt request to understand Hashem in an unparalleled manner, to see Him objectively and not be limited by human lenses.

The Ra’avad (quoted by the Kesef

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The Public Text Messages of Purim

In the days leading up to Purim this year and during the holiday itself I was struck by all the texting I noticed going on throughout the Purim story. Everyone in the Megilla is constantly writing messages that are not just notes to their friends and family but literally e-blasts to the entire known civilized world at that time, 127 nations in all.

First,

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The Test HaGaon HaRav Chaim Kanievsky, shlita, Gave to The New Dirshu Sefer Hamaftei’ach on the Mishnah Berurah

A sense of tension combined with tremendous anticipation was in the air as the senior members of hanhalas Dirshu together with the primary editors of the new seminal Dirshu Sefer Hamaftei’ach on the Mishnah Berurah gathered outside the home of the Sar HaTorah, HaGaon HaRav Chaim Kanievsky, shlita.

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Parshat Ki Tisa

When Ella was walking home from school she saw some older kids teasing a little girl. She couldn’t understand why they were doing it and wasn’t sure if she should tell them to stop. She saw those kids every day and they were always bullying other kids. She always thought about telling them to stop but she was too scared to do

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Purim: Corona Diary #22: We Are Not Living in a Lottery

Each name of a Jewish holiday is iconic. The name Pesach evokes the transformative sacrifice that launched our national liberation. The name Chanukah captures the re-dedication of the newly purified Mikdash after it was defiled by Greek invaders. By contrast, the name Purim seems quite arbitrary. The word purim refers to the raffle

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Taanis Esther: Expressing Our Internalized Values

Rabbi Rafael Valls was rabbi to the Conversos (hidden Jews) in his Spanish town and one of the last to be burned alive at the Auto-da-fé in 1691. His great-great-great-grandson, Rabbi Yossi Wallis, traveled to Mallorca, Spain, 20 years ago to research his family history. The Church had detailed records going back 500 years regarding all

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