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Growing Up is Hard to Do

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on July 11, 2019

Transitions are hard. As the period of wandering in the desert begins to draw to a close, Bnei Yisrael encounter many changes and they anticipate many more. Their leaders begin to die: Miriam and Aharon both die in this week’s parasha, and Moshe will pass away a few months hence.…

For the Entire Congregation is Holy

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on July 3, 2019

The Korach story, in which Aharon’s right to the priesthood was challenged, ends with the Torah enumerating the special priestly gifts that to which the Kohanim are entitled (Bamidbar 18:8-20).  On this special status of the priesthood, the Sifrei comments: “There are three crowns: the crown of Torah, the crown of kingship, and the crown of the priesthood.…

The Importance of Nishma

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on June 5, 2019

At the opening of Bamidbar, the Israelites prepare to finally move out from the foot of Mt. Sinai and to venture into the larger world.  They must take the Torah and mitzvoth that they have received and bring it into their lives, so that every movement is guided and shaped by the Torah.…

Accepting the Mitzvot as a Convert: Does it Matter What You’re Really Thinking?

Rabbi Dov Linzer (Posted on June 5, 2019)
From the Lindenbaum Center for Halakhic Studies

Rabbi Yitzchak Yehuda Shmelkes (1828-1904) was one of the leading rabbis in the latter part of the 19th century in Eastern Europe. He was the head of the rabbinical court in Lvov (Lemberg) from 1869-1893. His Beit Yiẓḥak (6 vols., 1875–1908), on the four parts of the Shulkḥan Arukh, was widely acclaimed. …

Ashrei: How the Bible Becomes Prayer

by Dean Rachel Friedman Posted on April 17, 2019

The War of Gog (Yehezkel Chapters 38-39)

by Rabbi Hayyim Angel Posted on April 17, 2019

Fate and Freedom: Contrasting Perspectives on the Slavery in Egypt

by Rabbi Dr. David Shatz Posted on April 17, 2019

Re-Examining Pesukei d’Zimra in Light of Sefer Divrei ha’Yamim

by Rabbi Menachem Leibtag Posted on April 17, 2019

Eliyahu haNavi: Mikra and Midrash

by Rabbi Yitzchak Etshalom Posted on April 17, 2019

The Liturgical Uses and Meanings of Psalm 23

by Rabbi Jonathan Kelsen Posted on April 17, 2019

‘Anti-Slogan’ Prophecies in Yirmiyahu and Yehezkel

by Rabbi Menachem Leibtag Posted on April 17, 2019

The Opportunities and Threats of Communal Service

by Dr. Tammy Jacobowitz Posted on April 17, 2019