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Hizkiyahu’s Leap Year – A Bold Move by a Courageous Spiritual Leader

Adar I has begun; the extra month of the Jewish leap year. How does the nation of Israel “commemorate” its leap year? There is an addition of 2 words in the extra (mussaf) prayer of the Rosh Hodesh prayers: “וּלְכַפָּרַת פָּשַׁע” (for atoning iniquity), and that’s more or less it. “חַדֵּשׁ עָלֵינוּ אֶת הַחדֶשׁ הַזֶּה […]

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10 Commandments Carved In Stone

What Did Yitro Hear?

Now Yitro, the priest of Midian, Moshe’s father-in-law, heard of all that God had done for Moshe, and for Israel His people, how that the Lord had brought Israel out of Egypt (Shemot 18:1). What did he hear? R. Yehoshua says he heard about the war with Amelek…. R. Elazar Hamodai says he heard about […]

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Torah Reading With A Pointer

The Feminine Rosh Chodesh

Rosh Chodesh – Women’s Reward Rosh Chodesh is the time of renewal of feminine spiritual role, as is described by the Midrash: “Aharon said to himself: If I ask for silver and gold, they’ll bring it immediately. I know what I’ll tell them, “Bring me the earrings of your wives and children, and their idea […]

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