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January 2024

PARSHAT YITRO – TEACHING TORAH EVERYWHERE

Yitro (Exodus 18-20 ) Shemot, 18:27: “And Moshe sent his father-in-law [Yisro] and he went to his land.”Rashi, Shemot, 18:27, Dh: And he went: “To convert his family.” In the Torah Portion named after him, Yitro, Moshe’s father-in-law, visits the Jewish people in the desert and, convinced by the miracles of the Exodus, joins the… Read More »PARSHAT YITRO – TEACHING TORAH EVERYWHERE

NAVIGATING LIFE’S SEAS; INSIGHTS FROM ‘THE BEST HELMSMEN ASHORE’

בס”ד Develop yourself to the best of your ability In the Netherlands, we have a proverb that goes, “The best helmsmen are ashore.” This is often used when people who are outside a situation offer criticism and commentary. For example, spectators at a football match always seem to know better… Read More »NAVIGATING LIFE’S SEAS; INSIGHTS FROM ‘THE BEST HELMSMEN ASHORE’

HOW COULD G-D?

I was once asked why G-d would allow people to grow up believing untruths about Him. Some people discover later in life that they’ve been on a wrong path and feel tremendous bitterness towards G-d. Here’s my response: I’m never comfortable trying to explain the ways of the Almighty, because… Read More »HOW COULD G-D?

PARSHAT YITRO – TRUSTING IN G-D BEYOND HUMAN LOGIC

בס”ד PARSHAT Yitro 5784 Lessons from Yitro and the Struggle with Amalek Jethro priest of Midian, Moses’ father-in-law, heard all that God had done for Moses and for Israel, God’s people, how יהוה had brought Israel out from Egypt.   וַיִּשְׁמַ֞ע יִתְר֨וֹ כֹהֵ֤ן מִדְיָן֙ חֹתֵ֣ן מֹשֶׁ֔ה אֵת֩ כָּל־אֲשֶׁ֨ר עָשָׂ֤ה אֱלֹהִים֙… Read More »PARSHAT YITRO – TRUSTING IN G-D BEYOND HUMAN LOGIC

PARSHAT BESHALACH 5784: CONNECTING THROUGH GOOD PEOPLE

Torah Reflections: Conversations on the Weekly Parshah בס”ד Integrating Torah into one’s life through reflection and conversation can be an incredibly fun and engaging experience. It’s a journey of discovery, where ancient wisdom and timeless teachings come to life in our daily experiences. Through reflection, we have the opportunity to… Read More »PARSHAT BESHALACH 5784: CONNECTING THROUGH GOOD PEOPLE

PARSHAT BESHALACH – THE GOOD DEED OF THE JEWS LEAVING MITZRAYIM

Beshalach (Exodus 13:17-17:16 ) Shemos, 13:18: “The children of Israel were ‘chamushim’ when they went up from Egypt.”Rashi, 13:18, Dh: Chamushim: Chamushim means that one in five left and four parts [out of five] died in the three days of darkness:Targum Yonasan, ibid: “…Each one of the Children of Israel came with five children when they left… Read More »PARSHAT BESHALACH – THE GOOD DEED OF THE JEWS LEAVING MITZRAYIM