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Thoughts from the Haftarah – Vayikra

This week we begin a new section of the Torah, Vayikra/Leviticus; the reading is Leviticus 1:1 through 5:26. The portion deals with various offerings and how they are to be brought before the LORD. While much could be said concerning … Continue reading

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Weekly Thoughts Vayakhel-Pekudei – Shabbat HaChodesh

Tomorrow is Shabbat HaChodesh (“Sabbath [of the] month”), which is the Shabbat that precedes the month of Nisan during which Pesach (Passover) is celebrated (Exodus 12:1-20). Traditionally, Rosh Chodesh Nisan is the first month of the Jewish year according to the schedule … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Tetzaveh

One of the most poignant mitzvot in Torah is the command to remember. Aside from the number of times that Hashem says that He will remember, there are numerous times when Israel was told to remember, e.g. Exodus 13:3 “Remember this … Continue reading

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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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