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Photograph of Barry Marcus - Rabbi Video Rabbi Marcus – Mattot

This Sidra deals with three subjects.  The first discusses the making of vows.  We learn of the gravity and sanctity of the spoken word.  We are urged to…

Photograph of Barry Marcus - Rabbi Video Rabbi Marcus – Pinchas

Although named after Pinchas, the ‘hero’ of the previous Sidra, whose act of courage stopped the plague that devastated the children of Israel, this weeks Sidra covers a…

To be in Israeli by Alyssa Magid

In memory of Eyal Yifrah, Naftali Fraenkel and Gilad Shaer   Six years ago, slightly nervous, but excited, I boarded a plane and moved to Israel. My husband…

Photograph of Barry Marcus - Rabbi Video Rabbi Marcus – Balak

  In this Sidra we read of the confrontation between Balak, the King of Moab, and the children of Israel who wished to pass through Moab on the…

Photograph of Barry Marcus - Rabbi Video Rabbi Marcus – Chukat

    This Sidra is named Chukat as it deals with precisely a mitzva that has perplexed all for centuries. The reference is to the ceremony of purification…

Understanding the Shabbat Service

  Why do we pray,to whom do we pray and how do we pray ,with particular reference to the  Amidah? These were all questions that Rabbi Yaacov Finn…

SUSHI,SHABBAT AND SHIUR!

    What are the laws of Shabbat? Where does the commandment come from ? Why can’t I ride a bicycle on Shabbat or turn on lights or…

Photograph of Barry Marcus - Rabbi Video Rabbi Marcus – Korach

This week’s sedra focuses’ on the role of Korach, who challenged Moshe’s position as undisputed leader of our people. Korach was of the tribe of Levi and a…