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Make the Right Choice Today

Make the Right Choice Today

By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz People who know me know that I cannot remember dates at all. I celebrated my 60th birthday twice because I couldn’t remember what year I was born. But I remember my daughter’s birthday every year. Why? A little...

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How a Prophet Became a Contract Killer

How a Prophet Became a Contract Killer

The Torah portion of Balak features Balaam, an elder with a global reputation as a philosopher, magician, and moral degenerate. Balaam lived in Aram-Naharaim, the area between the northern sections of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, now...

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Counting Jacob’s Blessings

Counting Jacob’s Blessings

Before he leaves the world, Jacob blesses his sons (Genesis 49). Similarly, Moses also blesses the tribes before he dies (Deuteronomy 33). But the two sets of blessings are very different. Not all of Jacob’s blessings are positive. It is,...

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The Portion of Toldot

The Portion of Toldot

Our portion tells the story of Jacob and Esau, from birth through their famous feud. It also includes Isaac’s experiences in the land of Gerar, where he re-digs the wells of his father.

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The Portion of V’Zot Habracha

The Portion of V’Zot Habracha

V’Zot Habracha is the final portion of the Torah. In it, Moses blesses each of the tribes, as is customary in the Bible for parents to bless their children before dying. When Moses is done, God instructs him to ascend the mountain where...

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The Portion of Behukotai

The Portion of Behukotai

This week’s portion is the final one in the Book of Leviticus. It is often read in conjunction with the previous portion, Behar.   Our portion contains a brief passage outlining the blessings God offers the Children of Israel on...

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