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A Change of Clothes

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on December 14, 2012

Clothes, as we have seen, play a major role in the stories of Yaakov and his children.  This theme continues and comes to a head in this week’s parasha. Yosef is rushed from the dungeon, and in preparation for his meeting with Pharaoh, he shaves and changes his clothes.…

A Tikkun for Rivka

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on December 7, 2012

Immediately after Yosef is sold to the Midianites, the Torah interrupts the main Yosef narrative to tell us the story of Yehuda and Tamar.  This story is often understood to be Yehuda’s story, and could be entitled “The Moral Education of Yehuda.” …

To Do Righteousness and Justice

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on November 2, 2012

This Tuesday, in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, many YCT semikha students went down to the Lower East Side to help those suffering from the effects of the hurricane. Students spent several hours handing out water, batteries and flashlights to elderly people stuck in their apartments with no power.…

What is Your Calling?

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on October 26, 2012

Why did God choose Avraham? In parashat Noach, we read: “And Noach was a righteous man, perfect in his generations; with God did Noach walk (6:9).  It is only after introducing Noach’s greatness that the Torah tell us that God spoke to Noach and chose him to be saved from the flood.…

Self-Restraint and Self-Contraction

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on October 19, 2012

What was the sin of the Generation of the Flood? The verses repeat that they had “corrupted their way”, which the Rabbis tell us refers to idolatry and sexual sin. And yet this is not what had sealed their fate, for the verse states: “The end of all flesh has come before Me, because the land is filled with hamas – understood by the Rabbis as “robbery” – through them.”(6:13).…

The Triumph of Hope Over Experience

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on September 14, 2012

Can a relationship survive after one of the parties has gone astray, has been unfaithful, or has just constantly failed to keep up his end, his responsibilities?  Parashat Nitzavim and Parashat Bechukotai offer two different answers to this question. Both Nitzavim and Bechukotai describe the aftermath of Israel’s sinning against God, and of their having suffered and been punished as a result.…

Keeping the Relationship Alive

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on September 7, 2012

How do we keep a relationship alive?  It starts with not taking the other person for granted, with regularly appreciating what that other person gives to you, what he or she means to you. We must also give expression to them through our words and through our actions, so that these feelings become real for the other person and real for us.  …

Give Me One Good Reason Why I Should Do It

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on August 31, 2012

In the Torah we find many many mitzvot, but rarely do we find a clear articulation of the reasons or values behind the mitzvot, what is known as ta’amei ha’mitzvot. We are told that the mitzvot are inherently good and that by doing them we will inherit the land and receive God’s blessings.…

Every Person Doing What is Right in His Eyes

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on August 17, 2012

As Moshe prepares the Children of Israel to enter into the Land, he exhorts them not just to live up to individual responsibilities, but to live up to their communal ones, first and foremost.  They are going to enter a new land, and they must turn it into a country.…

Our Ongoing Obligation to Speak the Words of Torah

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on August 9, 2012

What appears below is my remarks from the Modern Orthodox Siyum haShas which took place t at Congregation Shearith Israel in Manhattan.  A focal point of this speech is the mitzvah of constantly speaking the words of Torah, which appears in the first paragraph of Shema which we read last week, as well as in the second paragraph of Shema which we read this week in parashat Ekev. …

A New Leadership?  Yes We Can!

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on July 13, 2012

The Israelites have been wandering through the Wilderness for forty years and they are now on the cusp of entering into the Land of Canaan. Things will be different now. There will no longer be the cloud of God to lead them during the day and the pillar of fire to lead them at night.…

Seeing Too Much of Yourself in Others

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on July 6, 2012

Parashat Balak is the only parasha in the Torah which provides us with an outsider’s view of Children of Israel. As such, it affords us with a perspective not only on how others see us, but also on how others see, that is, on other ways of seeing.…