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Friendly Criticism- Devarim 5781

The Midrash (Devarim Rabbah, Parashah 1) assumes that the word “devarim” does not refer to ordinary words but to words of rebuke. Even with this assumption, Rabbi Aha, the son of Rabbi Hanina (Section 4), notes that a question still lingers. Moses speaks the “devarim”...

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Every Word Matters – Korah 5781

As impressive is the publishing success of J. K. Rowlings whose Harry Potter books have sold five hundred million copies, Mao Tzedung, the erstwhile chairman of the Chinese Communist Party put 820 million copies of his little red book in the hands of his followers....

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Allaying Fears – Shelah Lekha 5781

Twentieth century Biblical scholar Jacob Milgrom notes that the Torah (Numbers 13:2) describes each of the twelve men sent out on the mission to reconnoiter the Land of Israel as a “nasi,” which the Jewish Publication Society translation renders as “chieftain.” But...

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