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Torah, The: (lit. teaching) (a) The Five Books of Moses (The Bible); (b) the overall body of Jewish religious teachings encompassing the whole body of Jewish law, practice and tradition
Rabbinic enactments take us beyond the strict letter of the law, reflecting the deep, innate Jewish desire to cleave to God's ways.
An Essay on Parshat Yitro
On the plane of the soul there can be no criterion by which to determine who is higher and who is lower. As a result, it can truly be said that “all the people in the community are holy.”
1. The introductory pasuk to Parshat Yitro states “Vayishma Yitro Kohein Midyan et kol asher Elokim asah l’Moshe u’leYisrael amo ki hotzi Hashem et Yisrael miMitzraim” — “Yitro, the minister of Midian, the father-in-law of Moshe heard all that Hashem did ...
A Parshah teaching for every day of the week
The fifth section of the Book of Exodus begins with the account of how Moses’ father-in-law, Jethro (Yitro in Hebrew) joins the Jewish people at Mount Sinai. It continues with the culmination of all human history since the creation: the Giving of the Tora...
1. Many of the things done at a Chuppah ceremony are derived from Hashem’s giving of the Torah to the Jewish people since that event is considered the marriage between Hashem — the Chatan — and the Jewish people — the Kallah (see Tashbatz Katan #464, 5). ...
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It’s the world’s best-seller. It’s also the most widely distributed book. Some guess it has sold millions, while others estimate it at closer to billions. It teaches morality and all the do’s and don’ts. It can be understood on deep abstract levels as wel...
The Ten Commandments begin “I am G‑d your L‑rd Who took you out of Egypt.” The Rabbis ask: Why does it not say: “Who created heaven and earth”? Seemingly, the creation of existence from absolute nothingness is a more telling miracle. After all, for nothin...
An earnest young visitor from Eretz Yisrael once asked the Rebbe: “How can I tighten my bond with you?” The Rebbe replied: “When I walk down the street, I think over words of Tanya. When you walk down the street, do the same: think over the words of Tanya...
There he was, shipwrecked, alone on an island. He surveyed the few articles washed ashore with him: a few tools, a few necessities, and one book. He took the book and put it in a special place, for he realized that this was to be his sole source of outsid...
Question and answers on events in the Parshah, complete with the source verses, so you can see the question inside the text. For Shabbat table discussion
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