Parshat Pekudei: Tamar Dallal

Shabbat shalom, everyone! Now, I know a dvar torah doesn't HAVE to connect to the parsha, but it's happening. This week's parsha, if you didn't already know, is Parshat Pekudei, the final parsha in sefer Shmot. The sefer concludes with this account of the mishkan and its other miscellaneous fastenings. Now, although we are in... Continue Reading →

Parshat Pekudei: Yakira Ossip

Parshat Pekudei begins with a survey of the money and materials donated to the Mishkan. It is the Torah’s way of teaching us the need for financial transparency. We learn something about Jewish nature from both last week and this week’s parsha. Hashem told Moshe to ask Bnei Yisrael to make contributions. Some brought gold,... Continue Reading →

Introducing… Night Seder!

After many requests, here it is: drumroll please... Night Seder! Now you may be thinking, Isn't the seder always at night? Yes, it is. Night Seder in this context means night classes. This introduction to night seder includes three slots during the week when students can have optional chavrutot with friends. Here are merely a... Continue Reading →

Poland Day 3: Vered Kaplan

       First, we went to a farm house in Markowa, near Lancut. The farm house originally belonged to a Polish family. They hid seven or eight Jews throughout the war. Eventually, someone ratted them out, and the Nazis killed everyone. People risked their own lives to save others. They could have easily said, “That's not... Continue Reading →

Parshat Yitro: Yakira Ossip

Yakira Ossip, Melbourne, Australia   ויחן-שם ישראל נגד ההר -- And Israel encamped there, opposite the mountain. (Exodus 19:2) In the Pesach Haggadah, it is stated that "Had Hashem brought us before Har Sinai, but not given us the Torah, it would have been sufficient." These words are confusing because why would Bnei Yisrael simply... Continue Reading →

Parshat Vayeishev: Chana Coughlan

Chana Coughlan, Denver, Colorado   In this week's parsha we learn about Yosef’s dreams and the deterioration of his relationship with his brothers. Yosef’s two dreams played a significant role in the resentment of the brothers towards him. The Beit HaLevi teaches that the Torah tells us that after the first dream the brothers hated... Continue Reading →

Parshat Yitro: Alexis Gross

Alexis Gross, Cleveland, Ohio   Shabbat Shalom! This week's parsha is huuuge. This is the parsha where Hashem gave us the Ten Commandments. It's the parsha where the Jews camped by Har Sinai and where we were told that we were the chosen nation, and where we were told that we are the chosen nation.... Continue Reading →

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