All in the Tzitz – Tetzaveh 5781

Among the special garments worn by the High Priest was one the Torah calls “tzitz.” This word has been translated into English as “frontlet,” meaning, a kind of emblem. And on it the words “Holy to God” were engraved. The “tzitz” itself was suspended on a blue cord on...

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Good Ideas Take Longer – Yitro 5781

One of the lesser-known biblical commentators is eighteenth century Italian rabbi Isaac Samuel Riggio. But while his fame is limited, his insights are still valuable. A recurrent concern for traditional biblical commentators is the resolution of seeming contradictions...

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The Challenge of Success – Bo 5781

Inevitably, children will ask about the purpose of observing the Passover ritual long after the original events when the people Israel are securely ensconced in the Land of Israel. Anticipating this circumstance, the Torah advises parents: “When your children ask you:...

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