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When a Jew abandons Torah, does he or she lose their connection with G-d? Or is it the Torah that loses its connection with G-d?
How do we strike a balance between retaining our Jewish identity on the one hand, while at the same time being citizens of the world?
The breastplate was a garment worn by the high priest while serving in the Holy Temple.
Who are you? "I'm a lawyer." "I'm a motor mechanic." "I'm a rabbi." "I'm a sanitation engineer." Is this who you are, or what you do? In modern day society, there has been a turn away from defining a person by his profession. True, some vocations enjoy gr...
In the Parsha of Tetzaveh we read how the Priests ("Kohanim") were consecrated to serve in the Sanctuary. The Priests were selected by G-d to fill a sacred position, requiring them to be on a higher level of holiness than the rest of the people. But over ...
As mandated in the Torah,Exodus 28. the Kohanim (priests, who were descendants of Aaron, brother of Moses) wore special clothing while serving in the Holy Temple in Jerusalem (or its portable predecessor, the Tabernacle). The rank-and-file priests were as...
This is the only Torah portion from the beginning of Shemot to the end of Bamidbar that does not contain the name of Moses. Why?
Beyond life spans a vast stillness. But as long as we live and strive, sound denotes activity, activity denotes movement, and movement denotes a discrepancy between where we are and where we want to be . . .
The two great Torah commentaries of Rashi and Nachmanides debate the arrangement of the bells and pomegranates on the edge of the high priest’s robe. The Rebbe sees this as a discussion on the nature of noise, imperfection and superficiality.
The Temple is in the past, but it will also be in the future. Hence it teaches us about the present
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