Love

Bimidbar – Reflecting Hashem's Love

What is the concept of counting the Jewish people? How does it show Hashem’s love for us? Why is it necessary to involve the heads of the tribes in the count? What is the significance of the midrash telling us how each tribal leader was connected to the original progenitor of the tribe? What is…

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Terumah – Secret of Lishma

Why does the Torah refer to the donation to Mishkan as ‘taking?’ What is the concept of Lishma? Why do we refer to a pure motive as ‘for the sake of Hashem’s name?’ Why is this a requirement specifically in regards to the commandment of building the Mishkan? Why is Hashem’s name found in correlation…

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Va'eschanan – true love

What is the concept of the Shema? Why does Rashi say that the Unity of Hashem that we are speaking of is in the future? How does one love Hashem? What are the two types of fear and love of Hashem? How does one serve Hashem with one’s evil inclination? Find out in this week’s…

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Va'eschanan – Hashem and Israel's love

What is the foundation of Hashem’s love for the Jewish people? What does the Torah mean when it says that the Jews are few/small? Why does the Torah specifically speak of this love in contrast to his relationship with the nations of the world? What is the secret of the Jewish people’s continued success? What…

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Vayakhel-Pekudei – Hashem's Unconditional Love

Why is the parsha of the sin of the golden calf found right in the middle of the account of the building of the mishkan? Has anything changed in the relationship between the Jewish people and Hashem before and after the sin? What is the secret of the thirteen attributes of divine mercy? What is…

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Ekev – Understanding Fear of Hashem

What is the concept of fear of Hashem in Judaism? Why is it the gateway through which we enter into a relationship of love with Hashem? What is the fundamental relationship of this concept to the concepts of Unity and Disparity, and Kindness and Restraint? Find out in this week’s parsha podcast.

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Va'eschanan – Loving Hashem

How do we develop a love for Hashem? How do we understand our rhttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifelationship with Him? Why does this parsha follow Tisha B’av? Find out in this week’s parsha podcast.

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On our own

On a short walk in Ramat Bet Shemesh, I had a most moving thought. As the Jewish people once again seems to find itself in a corner, with no one to rely on but Hashem, there is a striking parallel to another point in history that presaged a potential Geulah. This was actually in the…

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