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Parashat Hayei Sarah – Three Periods in Sarah’s Life

REVIEW Let’s briefly review the relevant information we have been gathering to this point. It all began when we disclosed that Noah in symmetry becomes Khen (grace, favor or charm), as it is said: “Noah [was] found [as] Khen in the eyes of God”. Noah was 600 years old when the flood began. The two Read More

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Parashat Lekh Lekha – The Blessing and the Plants

“And Terah took Avram… and Lot… and Sarai… and they went forth with them from Ur Casdim to go to the land of Canaan” (Gn 11:31). Kasdim is the Hebrew name for the Chaldeans. What is Ur Kasdim? It can also be read as: “Ohr K’Shedim” – A Light that is like the one of Read More

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Parashat Ki Tisa II – The Erev Rav

“And when the people saw that Moses delayed….” (Ex 32:1). Why are they called sometimes “the people” and sometimes “the sons of Israel”? It has been noticed that when Torah mentions only “the people”, it implies a participation of the “Erev Rav” (the “Mixed multitude”) as it’s written: “The sons of Israel traveled… and the Read More

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Parashot Tetzave & Ki Tisa – Shekhina, Betzalel and Messiah

“veAtah Tetzave” (ואתה תצוה) “And you, you must command…” (Ex 27:20).   The verse could have simply said: ‘Tetzave’ which means “you must command.” Why do we need the word veAtah (and “you”)? In Hebrew it seems redundant. But in the Bible, when a word seems redundant, out of place, or grammatically incorrect, it means Read More