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Perashat Vayikra 5779

Friday, March 15, 2019 Author: Rabbi Shlomo Farhi

The book of Vayikra deals with an esoteric realm of Judaism, the realm of korbanot, or sacrifices. The laws governing korbanot are complicated and nuanced. Interestingly enough, we are not introduced to the concept of korbanot, their lofty meaning or any of the things you should do first. We begin with the first word uttered in the entire sequence of laws, אדם. ...

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Perashat Pekudei 5779

Friday, March 08, 2019 Author: Rabbi Shlomo Farhi

Adar is the month of pure Joy! Meshenichnas Adar Marbim Besimcha! When Adar arrives we expand our happiness! Our Chachamim teach us that this month is a fortuitous time, a time of excellent mazal for the Jewish people. It strikes me as interesting that we read the story of Purim with its dangerous drama in this month! Granted there was a happy ending, but that doesn't discount the fact that until such time that the miracle happens we are caught in this terrible situation with death waiting right around the corner! That doesn't sound so joyful, does it?...

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Perashat Vayakhel 5779

Friday, March 01, 2019 Author: Rabbi Shlomo Farhi

There is no Paradise. Lest you think I am denying the existence of Gan Eden, rest assured, I am not. I am talking about Paradise, California. It was ravaged by the "Camp Fire" in November this year, a wildfire that was so devastating it killed 85 people and destroyed roughly 19,000 structures over 150,000 acres. Paradise is pretty much destroyed. ...

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Perashat Ki Tissa 5779

Friday, February 22, 2019 Author: Rabbi Shlomo Farhi

Funambulism. What a great word. It means tightrope walking. Leaders, parents, influencers of all types and stripes are those who see the wire, even when it's not so clearly visible. The Torah tells us that Moshe returns from on high and something is different. He doesn't know it yet, but his face is shining like the sun from speaking with Hashem. The Jewish people see the blinding countenance of their leader, ablaze with holiness and light, and they are afraid. ...

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Perashat Tessaveh 5779

Friday, February 15, 2019 Author: Rabbi Shlomo Farhi

Opportunity is dead. At least that's what NASA is telling us. 15 years ago on January 25, 2004, a little rover landed on Mars. It was called Opportunity. The rover was built for a 90-day mission to explore that reddish dot in our night sky for signs of life or habitability. Somehow that 90-day mission would stretch into 15 years. ...

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Perashat Terumah 5779

Friday, February 08, 2019 Author: Rabbi Shlomo Farhi

Most of us think that one gives with their hands. However, that is incorrect; we actually give with our hearts. There are so many problems in our world, and so many people who are hurting. One might ask why Hashem doesn't just solve the problems Himself? He certainly has the means to take care of the poor! ...

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Perashat Mishpatim 5779

Friday, February 01, 2019 Author: Rabbi Shlomo Farhi

אִם־חָבֹ֥ל תַּחְבֹּ֖ל שַׂלְמַ֣ת רֵעֶ֑ךָ עַד־בֹּ֥א הַשֶּׁ֖מֶשׁ תְּשִׁיבֶ֥נּוּ לֽוֹ׃ כִּ֣י הִ֤וא כסותה לְבַדָּ֔הּ הִ֥וא שִׂמְלָת֖וֹ לְעֹר֑וֹ בַּמֶּ֣ה יִשְׁכָּ֔ב וְהָיָה֙ כִּֽי־יִצְעַ֣ק אֵלַ֔י וְשָׁמַעְתִּ֖י כִּֽי־חַנּ֥וּן אָֽנִי׃ If you take your neighbor's night garment as collateral you must return it to him before evening. It is his only clothing, the sole covering for his skin. In what else shall he sleep? Therefore, if he cries out to Me, I will pay heed, for I am compassionate. ...

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Perashat Yitro 5779

Friday, January 25, 2019 Author: Rabbi Mimoun Miller

In this week's Perasha we continue on our journey and relive the most colossal event to ever take place in Jewish history, Matan Torah, the giving of the Torah. The entire Am Yisrael, over 2 million men, women and children, as well as the souls of all future generations of Jews, assembled at the base of Mount Sinai to accept the Torah from Hashem. However, the Torah we accepted at Sinai was already in existence and had been studied and practiced for many generations prior to Matan Torah...

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Perashat Beshalah 5779

Friday, January 18, 2019 Author: Rabbi Shlomo Farhi

Music is special. Somehow it has the power to bridge people of different cultures, ages and backgrounds. I remember reading something beautiful that Billy Joel had said, "I think music in itself is healing. It's an explosive expression of humanity. It's something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we're from, everyone loves music." What is that power?

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Perashat Bo 5779

Friday, January 11, 2019 Author: Rabbi Shlomo Farhi

My email inbox is jammed. I'm sure your inbox is too. It's jammed with things I don't think are important. I am being inundated with warnings not to miss "Great Opportunities" as this is my "Last Chance" to "Bring Home the Best" of yet another "Giant Sale". I dare not wait, linger or tarry, after all, "This Is BIG". Retailers are really feeling the heat of poor sales in brick and mortar stores as the human race moves continually closer to that heaven on earth reality of free and instant delivery. They slash prices with sale after can't miss sale in an ever more desperate attempt to lure us in. Macy's, seen as a rock solid retailer for so long, had its stock price drop 19 percent in trading Thursday morning after reports of dismal holiday sales. ...

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