Dedications

Shani Taragin’s class was dedicated in memory of Elizabeth Zinner z”l, Malka z”l bat Chaim and Sara, by her daughter Miriam Deutsch
Malka Hubscher’s Shavuot shiur was dedicated in memory of הניה בת פרל, Helen Tessler Kaplan z”l, by Pnina and Barry Farkas
Sara Tesler’s Shavuot shiur was dedicated in memory of Esther Alvan z”l, by her parents Ruth & Tzion Alvan
Lisa Fredman’s Shavuot shiur was dedicated in memory of beloved WBM participant Sara Blaustein z”l

Parashat Hashavua

Beshalach: Spiritual Heights & Beyond

By: Batya Hefter The spiritual impact of Kriyat Yam Suf (where a mere handmaiden comprehended a divine revelation that the prophet Yechezkiel Ben Buzi did not have access), second only to Matan Torah, is described metaphorically by the Beit Ya’akov as follows: “They...

Beshalach: To Choose Freedom Over Victimhood

By: Rabbi Herzl Hefter And the LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he pursued after the children of Israel: and the children of Israel went out with a high hand. When the children of Israel left Egypt, they faced a choice; to maintain a posture of...

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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