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A deeper look at the special nature of the Jew as being chosen by G-d.
Reflections on Jewish Chosenness
Is there a difference between Jews just "being" chosen as opposed to actually "knowing" that they were chosen?
The Jews, singing and dancing ecstatically, were swept by the flood of their emotions and danced on and on. They would pay dearly later, but for that moment they had defied their oppressors.
The story of the stubborn little flame that refused to be extinguished. And the story of you and I . . .
The Shavuot Offerings on a Weekday?!
In explaining why the sacrifices that a Jew was obligated to offer in the Temple in honor of Shavuos were not offered on the holyday itself but during the weekdays which follow, this class offers insight into the nature of G-d’s choice of the Children of ...
What is the meaning of the Jewish mandate to “be a blessing” to all humanity?
At the age of 140 Avraham remarries Hagar and fathers six children. Strangely, the Torah does not indicate that this was miraculous. In answering this question, this talk explores the divergent legacies of Abraham and Sarah and the respective roles of men...
Tisha B’Av and the Book of Eicha
In the book of Eicha – authored by Jeremiah the prophet – the letter Lamed in the verse “Let it not befall you...” is written small. This symbolizes Jeremiah's role, and by extension every Jew, to be a light unto the nations.
Parshah Vayeishev
In the verse (Genesis 37:4) "[Joseph's] brothers could not speak to him peaceably," the Hebrew word "shalom" (peace) is missing a letter vav. The real reason for the lack of peace between Joseph and his brothers was that they could not comprehend Joseph's...
On the one hand, it is clear, the Rebbe never erased the fundamental distinction between the Jew and the non-Jew. It is equally clear, however, that he did have a universal vision that included all nations in the fulfillment of the ultimate destiny of hum...
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