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Rabbi Yitzi Hurwitz—father of seven, husband of Dina, and spiritual leader at Chabad Jewish Center in Temecula, Calif.—has been rendered immobile by ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). Unable to speak or type, he uses his eyes to write heartfelt thoughts on the weekly Torah portion.
How to Be Truly Free
The true life of a Jew is not his or her physical life, but his or her spiritual life.
The haftorahMalachi, 3:4-24. for Shabbat Hagadol is from the Book of Malachi, who lived at the beginning of the Second Temple era. He foretells of the time of Moshiach, and rebukes the Jewish people for putting the wicked on a pedestal, for not serving G‑...
In order to bring Moshiach we have to tap into our yechidah to draw G-d's essence that is beyond existence into the world.
When there are multiple meanings of a Hebrew word, they must be connected in some way.
The portion of Balak tells us how Balaam set out to curse the Jewish people, but instead, he blessed them. He said, "For from their beginning, I see them as mountain peaks and I behold them as hills." Numbers 23:9. The Midrash Midrash Rabbah 20:19, Tanchu...
This is a call to every Jewish person to have an effect on his or her fellow Jew.
The portion of Shelach tells us the story of the spies. They returned from their tour of Canaan and reported, "That the nation that is settled in the land is strong..." Numbers, 13:28. For this reason, they claimed that the Jewish people shouldn’t enter t...
If action is the main thing, "Why do you raise yourselves above the congregation of G‑d?"
In parshat Vayakhel, we read how everyone gave donations for the construction of the Mishkan and its vessels, garments, etc.
Parshat Pekudei gives an account of all the donations to the construction of the Mishkan and how they were used.
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