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Ari Shishler

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Rabbi Ari Shishler is the director of Chabad of Strathavon, South Africa
Exploring Rashi’s commentary on saying G-d’s name
When G-d enlists Moshe to redeem the Jews from Egypt, Moshe wants to know which Divine name he should share with the Children of Israel. Rashi sees a profound lesson in that question. (Exodus 3:13-15)
Exploring Rashi’s commentary on voluntary war
Is war optional or required? How Rashi derives the rules of battle from a single word, and what this teaches us about personal spiritual growth.
Exploring Rashi’s commentary on the commandment of tzedakah
When the Torah instructs us to give charity, it uses very specific words, to convey a profound message on what giving is all about.
Exploring Rashi’s commentary on an obscure word
The Torah uses a rare expression to describe our relationship with G-d, because the relationship is absolutely unique.
Exploring Rashi’s commentary on sending away the mother bird
An amazing insight into personal growth, derived from Rashi’s perspective on what must be the easiest and cheapest mitzvah of all. (we regret the brief audio disruption in the recording)
Exploring Rashi’s commentary on when it was time to leave Sinai
Moshe recounts the moment when the Jews had to continue their journey, away from Mt Sinai. Rashi explains how this anecdote carries important life lessons.
Exploring Rashi’s commentary on the annulment of vows
Never make promises you cannot keep, right? Rashi highlights how some vows are spiritually essential, others spiritually unhealthy.
Exploring Rashi’s commentary on the impurity contracted in battle
Rashi explores Talmudic sources to dissect the Torah law about how a person becomes impure if they kill someone.
Exploring Rashi’s commentary on Ma Tovu
The wicked Balaam wished to curse the Jews, but when he saw the Jewish camp, he simply had to bless us. What was it that he saw?
Exploring Rashi’s commentary on the proximity of the camps to the Mishkan
In the desert, G-d tells the Jewish people to camp around the Mishkan sanctuary – not too close, but not too far. This carries an important lesson about how a Jew should live his or her life.
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