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Bo -The Rosh Yeshiva Responds – Should a new ger toivel their dishes?

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on January 17, 2024

דַּבֶּר נָא בְּאָזְנֵי הָעָם וְיִשְׁאֲלוּ אִישׁ מֵאֵת רֵעֵהוּ וְאִשָּׁה מֵאֵת רְעוּתָהּ כְּלֵי כֶסֶף וּכְלֵי זָהָב “Speak now in the ears of the people, and let every man borrow from his neighbor, and every woman from her neighbor, jewels of silver and jewels of gold.”…

From Ani Par’o to Ani Hashem

by Rabbi Dan Margulies
Posted on January 17, 2024

To read this post in Spanish, click here To read this post in French, click here Why? Parashat Bo begins with a brief explanation of what all these plagues have been about. “In order that I may put these my signs among them, and in order that you may recount in the hearing of your child and of your child’s child how I have dealt harshly with Egypt, and my signs, which I have placed upon them.”…

The First Mitzvah Given in Egypt Wasn’t What You Think

by Rabbi Dan Margulies
Posted on January 26, 2023

There is a well known and much discussed idea that the first mitzvah that Bnei Yisrael were commanded upon the Exodus from Egypt was the mitzvah of Rosh Chodesh. This is based on a pasuk in this week’s parsha: “הַחֹ֧דֶשׁ הַזֶּ֛ה לָכֶ֖ם רֹ֣אשׁ חֳדָשִׁ֑ים” (Ex.…

Sputtering Redemption

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on January 7, 2022

There are striking parallels between the actions that the Israelites took to protect themselves against the Plague of the Firstborn and the actions that we took, beginning close to two years ago, to protect ourselves against our plague – the coronavirus pandemic. …

Covid-19, Corona

Commemorating the Corona

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on January 22, 2021

Memory – not only the act of remembering, but nurturing and sustaining memory – is central to the Jewish ethos. “Zakhor” – you shall remember: remember what Amalek did; remember how you angered God; remember what God did to Miriam; remember the Sabbath day; remember when you stood at Mt Sinai; and of course, remember the day you were redeemed from Egypt.…

Praying with a Cross in the Room

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on January 18, 2018

A person is a patient at Holy Cross Hospital and there is a crucifix on the wall of each room.  Can she make brakhot and daven there? A family wishes to have a bar mitzvah in the large, all-purpose hall of Catholic university, where there is a small cross affixed at the top of the east-facing wall, 20 feet off the ground.…

The Double Plague of Blood (Hebrew)

by Dr. Yonatan Grossman
Posted on July 6, 2017

To view the sources for this shiur click here.  …

Reexamining Makkat Bekhorot in Light of Makkat Hoshekh

by Rabbi Menachem Leibtag
Posted on October 26, 2016

Even the Darkest Moments Contain Sparks of Home

by Rabbi Avi Weiss
Posted on May 21, 2016

The Biblical term for midnight, the time Moshe (Moses) says God will slay the first born, is ka-hazot ha-lailah (Exodus 11:4). Different interpretations are given for the prefix ka, which gives us the key as to the true meaning of this term.…

Speaking is Believing

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on January 13, 2016

The first mitzvah that the Children of Israel are given is that of sanctifying the new moon. “HaChodesh hazeh lachem rosh chadashim,” “this month, the month of Nissan, shall be for you the first of the months.” Why of all mitzvot was this one given first?…

Don’t Leave the People Behind

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on January 3, 2014

Nine plagues were proclaimed. Nine plagues befell Pharaoh and the Egyptians. With each passing plague, Pharaoh was one step closer to freeing the Children of Israel. Until this point, he had offered to release them all save the cattle. Even this Moshe refuses, and Pharaoh orders him out telling him never to return.…

Knowing and Experiencing God

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on January 18, 2013

“And in order that you should relate in the ears of your children and your children’s children how I have made a mockery of the Egyptians and my signs that I have placed upon them, and you will know that I am the Lord.”…