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Counting is a major part of the Jewish tradition. The very first section of the Torah enumerates the seven days of creation, counting out each day and culminating in Shabbat. The Torah repeatedly counts the children of Israel, the years of the slavery in Egypt, the life spans of Biblical figures,...

My Weekly Drash (a mini D'var Torah) - B'har/B'hukotai

In our double Parshah of B'har/B'hukkotai we read, "If your kinsman, being in straits, comes under your authority, and you hold him as though a resident alien, let him live by your side." (Lev. 25:35) From this we glean we are to help our fellow Jews who may have fallen on hard times. These and...

My video divrei Torah on parasha Behar Behukotai from Youtube.com by Rabbi Jonathan Ginsburg


My Weekly Drash (a mini D'var Torah) - Behar

Here's a mystery for you. You probably are aware that the convention of dividing the Torah by chapters and verses is a later tradition. You'll see no such break in an actual Torah scroll. Thus the weekly reading may start in the middle of a chapter and conclude before a chapter is finished. This...


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Shulamit E. Kustanowitz gained an intimacy with Jewish tradition as the daughter of a Conservative rabbi and as a Modern Orthodox adult. She authored A First Haggadah in 1979 and Henrietta Szold, Israel's Helping Hand in 1990. In 2006 her first novel, Murder at the Minyan, was published. Her...

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