Author: Marc Rosenberg

Drawing Closer – Dvar Torah on Vayikra (Leviticus 1:1–5:26) by Stan Fleishman

I. Introduction Today we started reading the third book of the Torah, called Vayikra. This is also the name of the first parsha in this book. The name derives from the first Hebrew word in the parsha “And He called” – referring to Adonai calling out to Moses from the tent of Meeting (Mishkan). Vayikra is commonly known by its Greek name, Leviticus, so called because it contains the code of the Levites. But, far from comprising solely the Levitcal code, as the name Leviticus would imply, the book of Vayikra is also a spiritual guide addressed to the community at...

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Welcome to Our Shabbos Table

Parshas Pekudei “And Moshe saw all the work, and behold, [the people] had done it [exactly] as Hashem commanded Moshe, so they did. And Moshe blessed them” (Shmos 39:43). The construction of the Mishkan, a work of unparalleled beauty imbued with great Divine sanctity, was complete. The Jews in the desert had given generously to supply the gold, silver, and other costly materials used, and followed Hashem’s instructions to the letter concerning every step of the complicated labor involved. When Moshe saw the magnificent finished product, He blessed them. The people had done their job, and Moshe acknowledged their efforts. This raises a...

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Salted Almond Choclate Cherry Cookie Mix in a Jar, By Jamie Geller

Layer the dry ingredients for my Salted Almond Chocolate Cherry Cookies in a jar and attach a tag with simple baking instructions for the perfect make ahead gift or mishloach manot idea. 5 MIN DURATION 5 MIN PREP TIME INGREDIENTS 1½ cups all-purpose flour ½ teaspoon baking powder ½ teaspoon baking soda ¼ teaspoon salt ½ cup brown sugar ½ cup white sugar ½ cup chocolate chips ½ cup roasted salted almonds, crushed ½ cup dried cherries PREPARATION 1. Whisk together flour, baking powder and baking soda and pour into the bottom of a 1 liter glass jar. 2. Layer brown...

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SHABBOS AND THE COMMUNITY ויקהל משה את כל עדת בני ישראל ויאמר אלהם אלה הדברים אשר צוה ה’ לעשת אתם which is the mitzvah of Shemiras Shabbos. ויקהל     Moshe gathered all of Bnei Yisrael. The seforim bring that the gematriah of ויקהל is the same as מקוה  151. The gematriah is apropos since the word מקוה also means to gather (Bereishis 1,9). However, esoterically we can interpret the gematriah to convey another concept that when Yidden assemble to be part of an endeavor of kedusha it has the spiritual cleansing of a mikvah.  This concept is alluded...

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We’ve had a Facelift!

In case you haven’t already noticed, we here at have switched up our look quite a bit in the last week. Our old (and frankly drab) all orange theme is gone, replaced with a newer and much better looking scarlet. We also added much brighter and happier icons in quite a few different colors on the right side. We’re constantly trying to give you a better experience on

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