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Erev Hitorerut was dedicated by Rivka and Prof. Aaron Demsky in memory of Rivka’s parents, חיה נעשע בת זלדה וירוחם פישל כהן ז”ל ומשה בן שיינע וישראל נתן נטע גליס ז”ל
Pre- Rosh Hashana Yom Iyun was dedicated by Marilyn and Ed Croman, in memory of Frank (Efraim Moshe HaCohen) & Chai Croman z”l, and Dovid & Helen (Henya) Kaplan z”l
Dr. Tehillla Elitzur’s shiur was dedicated by Tova & Rav Yitzchak Rubenstein in memory of Tova’s father, Rav Nachman Meir Bernhard z”l

Parashat Hashavua

Chayei Sara: Haftara, A Second Chance

by Ilana Goldstein Saks  In our haftarah we see David Hamelech at the end of his life (Melachim I 1:1). Sadly, his last chapter does not seem to reflect a reign of greatness and achievement. Instead we see a weak, elderly king wallowing in the results of past...

Vayera: The Symbolism of the Brit Milah

by Rabbi Herzl Hefter In this week’s parasha, Avraham circumcises his son Yitschak. I have always thought it odd that cutting away the foreskin of the male organ should serve as the symbol of the covenant between God and the descendants of Avraham. In order to...

Holiday Thoughts

Yom Kippur – God Desires the Heart

By: Batya Hefter “God desires the Heart’; so teaches the Talmud. Where are our hearts, the seat of our desires and yearnings on this day?   Since Rosh Chodesh Elul we have been the saying pasuk in mizmor leDavid, לך אמר לבי, בקשו פני, את פניך אבקש.   On the face of...

Reflections on the Days of Judgment

by Batya Hefter These days of repentance and forgiveness intensify the ongoing struggle between judgement and unconditional love.  On the personal plane, this translates into a struggle between holding ourselves accountable as opposed to being forgiving of ourselves....

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