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Perashat Shofetim 5778

Friday, August 17, 2018 Author: Rabbi Mimoun Miller

In Moshe Rabenu's parting words to Am Yisrael, he reminds them of their request at Mount Sinai to hear the Ten Commandments through Moshe's voice, and not directly from Hashem. The Midrash says that as G-d relayed the first commandment, the intensity of hearing His voice was so great that the souls of Am Yisrael vacated their bodies. After the first commandment Hashem resurrected them, only for it to happen again when He declared the second commandment. The nation's fear of dying was so strong after hearing the first two commandments that they begged Moshe to relay the commandments as a representative of Hashem. ...

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Perashat Re'eh 5778

Friday, August 10, 2018 Author: Rabbi Mimoun Miller

There are many factors which can affect a person's path in life. We are greatly influenced by our families. The genetic make-up of a person can also significantly impact one's life. Additionally, our level of education can often lead us to certain paths in life. The Rambam speaks about how the social circles we keep are an inseparable part of the decisions we make. Yet, do these factors determine our destiny? ...

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Perashat Ekeb 5778

Friday, August 03, 2018 Author: Rabbi Mimoun Miller

In this week's perasha Moshe Rabenu, knowing that he will soon die and not enter the Land, instructs Am Yisrael for life after his demise: "All of the missvah that I am commanding you this day you shall observe to do, so that you may live and multiply and come and possess the land that the Lord swore to your forefathers" (Debarim 8:1) ...

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Perashat Vaethanan 5778

Friday, July 27, 2018 Author: Rabbi Mimoun Miller

The Shabbat after Tish'a BeAb is called Shabbat Nahamu, the Shabbat of Consolation, named after the opening words of this week's Haftarah, "Nahamu, nahamu ami", "Console, console My people". This reading is the first in a series read in the seven weeks between Tish'a BeAb and Rosh HaShanah, known as The Seven of Consolation. After commemorating the destruction of the Beit HaMikdash, the biggest catastrophe to happen to the Jewish people, whose consequences still reverberate today, it is understandable that our mourning nation would endeavor to find comfort by reading these passages. ...

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Perashat Debarim 5778

Friday, July 20, 2018 Author: Rabbi Mimoun Miller

On Tish'a BeAb we commemorate the destruction of our Holy Temple through fasting and prayers. According to the midrash in Eikha Rabah 24, Yirmiyahu implored the Holy Patriarchs in their resting place to intervene on behalf of the Jewish people. He called upon Abraham, Yisshak, Ya'akob and Moshe Rabenu, to plead mightily with Hashem and evoke their personal heroism for the sake of Am Yisrael. ...

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Perashot Matot-Masei 5778

Friday, July 13, 2018 Author: Rabbi Mimoun Miller

One of the greatest faculties G-d gave mankind is the power of speech. G-d created man in his image, and thus, man possesses tremendous capabilities to affect change in the world. Because speech stems from the spiritual realm of a person, by emulating the way of Hashem through the gift of language, it is possible for man to create a new reality of kedusha, holiness, or issur, prohibition. ...

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Perashat Pinhas 5778

Friday, July 06, 2018 Author: Rabbi Mimoun Miller

The last two chapters of Perashat Pinhas describe the mussafim, additional sacrifices that are brought on specific days such as Shabbat, Rosh Hodesh and festivals. Before describing these offerings, the Torah details the korban tamid, the daily continual offerings. Regarding the korban tamid the pasuk says: "The one lamb you shall make in the morning and the second lamb shall you make in the afternoon" (Bamidbar 28:4). We are commanded to offer these sacrifices daily even on Shabbat and festivals, before the mussafim. ...

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Perashat Balak 5778

Friday, June 29, 2018 Author: Rabbi Mimoun Miller

This week's Perasha revolves around the story of Bil'am, a gentile prophet known as a wicked sorcerer, who was hired by King Balak of Moab to curse the nation of Israel. As Bil'am's story continues through the perasha, we see that instead of cursing the nation of Israel, he blessed them. What caused Bil'am to risk his life, betray the king and bless Am Yisrael? ...

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Perashat Hukkat 5778

Friday, June 22, 2018 Author: Rabbi Mimoun Miller

This week's perasha deals with the quintessential Hok, a law of the Torah that is beyond human understanding, of Parah Adumah. There is an age-old discussion among Torah scholars regarding the search for the rationale behind G-d's commandments. One school of thought advocates that we are obligated to understand the reasoning behind the missvot, while another school holds that there is not always a logical explanation for each missva and that it is more incumbent on us to focus on keeping the missvot through faith alone. ...

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Perashat Korah 5778

Friday, June 15, 2018 Author: Rabbi Mimoun Miller

In this week's perasha, we read the story of the rebellion of Korah. Along with two hundred and fifty men of the Israelite assembly, Korah challenged the leadership of Moshe and Aharon. In Pirke Abot, the Mishna states that the only disputes that will result in long-lasting value are those intended for the sake of heaven, leshem shamayim. The examples given as evidence are those between Hillel and Shammai, whose different interpretations of the Torah often lead to zealous disagreements, and are now a constructive source of learning. To the contrary, the incident of Korah and his company is the paradigm of negativity. ...

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