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Vayelech Sep 11, 2020

We tend to think that the names of the weekly parshiot have little intrinsic meaning; they are just taken from the opening word or two of the parsha…

Ki Tavo Sep 4, 2020

Those of us living in Canada are especially sensitive to the importance of language to the fabric of a country. The language that one speaks is, more…

Ki Teitzei Aug 28, 2020

"All of man's earnings are decreed on Rosh Hashanah, except for expenses regarding Shabbat and Yom Tov and expenses…

Shoftim Aug 21, 2020

"The hand of the witnesses should be against him first to put him to death, and the hand of the nation at the end" (Devarim 17:7). Giving…

Re'eh Aug 14, 2020

One of the most vexing issues we face today is how to deal with those who violate, wilfully or not, the precepts of the Torah. Whether our approach…

Eikev Aug 7, 2020

"And now, Israel, what does G-d, Ma Hashem, want from you but just to fear the Lord your G-d, to walk in all His ways, to love Him and to…

Va'etchanan Jul 30, 2020

The most obvious connection between Tisha b’Av and parshat Vaetchanan—which is always read on the Shabbat following this…

Devarim Jul 23, 2020

The true state of health of any society can be determined by an examination of the justice system that it provides for its citizens. Are rich and…

Tisha B'Av Massei Jul 21, 2020

“Aharon the priest ascended Hor Hahar and died there in the fortieth year... in the fifth month on the first of the month” (Bamidbar 33:…

Massei Jul 17, 2020

Canada is a wonderful country, and as residents of this country, we are obliged by Torah law to abide by its laws and also pray for its welfare.…

Pinchas Jul 10, 2020

Parshat Pinchas presents us with at least three distinct models of leadership. Our parsha gets its name from the zealotry of Pinchas who, without…

Chukat Jul 3, 2020

"Take Aaron, and Elazar his son, and bring them up to Mount Hor; and strip Aaron of his vestments, and dress Elazar his son in them; Aaron shall…

Korach Jun 26, 2020

It is most difficult to solve a problem if the protagonists will not meet with each other and hear each other out. While there is no guarantee that…

Shelach Lecha Jun 19, 2020

Great people are not afraid to put their name behind their convictions. “And Calev quieted the people for Moshe and said, ‘We will rise…

Behaalotecha Jun 11, 2020

It is amazing how selective our memory can be. People often yearn for the good old days: days full of poverty, pogroms and peddling. The ability to…

Naso Jun 5, 2020

Judaism has long insisted that we give people the benefit of the doubt: one is innocent until proven guilty. It is always difficult to…

Bechukotai May 15, 2020

A mark of a good book is a clear and coherent structure. The opening chapters set the tone, themes are appropriately developed, and the conclusion…

Emor May 8, 2020

“You shall count seven complete weeks from the day following the Shabbat from the day you brought the omer as a wave offering seven…

Tzav Apr 3, 2020

"This is the law of the sin offering, chatat: at the place where the elevation offering, olah, is slaughtered shall the sin offering be…

Vayikra Mar 27, 2020

Perhaps Man’s greatest fear is his ultimate irrelevance, that we really don’t make a difference and that in the greater scheme of things…

Pekudei Mar 20, 2020

“And it was on first month of the second year on the first of the month that the Tabernacle was erected” (Shemot 40:17). The first of…

Ki Tisa Mar 13, 2020

"And the people saw ki boshesh Moshe, that Moshe delayed in coming down from the mountain" (32:1). As a young nation coming from…

Terumah Feb 28, 2020

Judaism sees the sparks of the Divine within the most mundane of activities. Revelation at Sinai is followed by a series of laws dealing with such…

Mishpatim Feb 20, 2020

One of the revolutions that Judaism brought to the world was its attitude towards, and its treatment of, slaves. Whereas in the ancient world slaves…