Parashat Bamidbar: To Count or Not to Count

In this lesson we will examine The Lubavitcher Rebbe’s analysis of Rashi’s commentary on why the tribe of Levi was excluded from the national census that was taken at the outset of the Book of Bamidbar. We will discover that while the tribe of Levi may not have been counted physically, they certainly counted spiritually. […]

 
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Parashat Bechukotai: Can a Person Give Too Much?

There is no action where kedusha - Holiness - is more manifest than in the act of giving tzedakah. While most people leave it up to their current emotional and financial state in deciding how much to give, Jewish law is very specific as to the limits and boundaries of tzedakah. A key question disputed […]

 
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Змей и Ева: не соблазнение, а дуэль

В этом сюжете зачастую видят просто немудреное соблазнение простушки Евы в ключе “вот бы те яблочка куснуть”. На самом же деле Мать всех живущих противостоит олицетворению вселенского Зла буквально не на жизнь, а на смерть. И до чего же знакомо звучит голос хитрожелтого Змея, и до чего же понятны ошибки премудрой Евы…
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Parashat Behar: The Kabbalah of Interest

The charging of interest to another Jew is a very serious prohibition that the Prophet Ezekiel lists among the worst of transgressions. The question is: Why can’t you charge a fair rate of interest? Why should you lose out by doing someone a favor? In this class we will explore the meaning of the Torah’s […]

 
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Parashat Emor: Speak Good and it will Be Good

This lesson is about not just seeing the goodness in life, but more importantly, how to spread that goodness by speaking about it. While it is very important for every Jew to focus on lashon hora, and the destructive, negative power of speech, it may be even more important in our own age to be […]

 
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