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What Does it Mean to be Tamim

Why is the Torah’s attitude towards magic, soothsayers etc so negative, and how is the normative instruction in the command to be “wholehearted with the Lord your G-d” an alternative to them? The answer...

Mussar | A Lesson on Generosity

The soul-trait of generosity is named nedivut. A generous person is a nadiv. Mussar clearly distinguishes this type of generosity from another kind, called tzedakah, which means obligated giving, such as tithing.

The LORD Your G-D Will Choose

One of the things that the Israelites are commanded to do when they enter the land is to level and wipe out all the cult sites (places of idolatrous worship) they find there (Deut....

Shoftim: Rabbi Abraham

By Rabbi Avraham Greenbaum Torah Reading: SHOFTIM, Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9. Haftara: Isaiah 51:12-52:12. The annual cycle of Torah readings is so arranged that parshas SHOFTIM, “Judges”, is always read on the first Shabbos of the...

Mussar | A Lesson on Patience

The Hebrew word for patience is savlanut, which also means “tolerance.” The same root gives rise to words that means “suffer” (sevel) and “burdens” (sivlot). We learn from this that patience is not a...

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