Author Archives: Aleinu

Torah Thoughts – Terumah

Many of us have a heart to serve Hashem, but often our hearts are divided. On one side is the desire to follow His commands or His leading completely. On the other side is the desire to set our own … Continue reading

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Torah Thoughts – Mishpatim

I grew up in a “military” home; my father was career US Air Force. I kind of knew that I would also be going into the military. So, at eighteen I enlisted in the US Marine Corps and for the … Continue reading

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Torah Thoughts – Yithro

What is the importance of the number 3? Some common “threes” are the sun, moon, and stars, the patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the Kohanim, Levites and am ha’aretz, and the triune nature of God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy … Continue reading

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Torah Thoughts – Shemot

Back when I was on active duty in the US Marine Corps, I was a statistician for a couple of years. While I did not ever want to be a bean counter, I did enjoy discovering trends and factors related to why certain … Continue reading

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Torah Thoughts – Vayigash

This week we read the third part of the narrative of the life and times of Joseph as he continues his epic journey from favorite son to viceroy of Egypt, second only to Pharaoh himself. This week’s portion is Vayigash, … Continue reading

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Torah Thoughts – Vayeshev

This week’s Torah portion is Vayeshev, וַיֵּשֶׁב v’yeshev, Genesis 37:1 – 40:23,  Now Jacob dwelled (v’yeshev) in the land where his father had sojourned, in the land of Canaan. Genesis 37:1 From the onset we see an interesting comparison between Jacob and his father: Jacob … Continue reading

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Torah Thoughts – Vayishlach

This week’s Torah portion, Vayishlach, Genesis 32:4 – 36:43 continues with Jacob making his trek homeward. However, instead of rejoicing in the soon to be family reunion, this week’s reading begins with Jacob making plans to survive his imminent encounter with … Continue reading

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