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Tzav 5772 — Removing the Ashes

March 30, 2012
Tzav 5772 — Removing the Ashes

And he shall take off his garments, and put on other garments, and carry the ashes outside the camp to a clean place. …Leviticus 6:4 Why did God need to make it a commandment to remove the ashes from the altar and carry them outside the camp?   In his work of mussar, Duties...
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Dr. Marty Lee, z”l

March 22, 2012
Marty Lee

My friend Dr. Marty Lee passed away on Shushan Purim, here in Jerusalem. Given the Jerusalem custom that because of the holiness of the city funeral are always conducted the same day, and it was a holiday and Erev Shabbat, Marty was buried three hours after we met with the Chevre Kadisha (Burial Society)...
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Vayakhel – Pekudei 5772 A wise heart

March 16, 2012
Vayakhel – Pekudei 5772   A wise heart

What is a wise heart, and why is it a good thing to have? This week’s Torah reading, Vayakhel – Pekudei, includes a lot of instructions for the construction of the tabernacle and its accessories.  The craftsmen are also prominently featured.  In Exodus 36:1, the Torah says “And Moses called Bezalel and Oholiab and...
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Liars, Thieves, and Hypocrites at the Chief Rabbinate

March 2, 2012
Liars, Thieves, and Hypocrites at the Chief Rabbinate

Former Sephardi Chief Rabbi Eliyahu Bakshi-Doron is being indicted for ordering the rabbinate to issue phony ordination certificates to 1,500 police and army officers.  Having an academic degree — and rabbinic ordination counts as an academic degree — gets people working for the government a higher salary.  Rabbi Bakshi-Doron allegedly agreed to the scheme...
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