Friday, 20 March 2009


Italian couple donates wedding money to Sderot

Young couple from Rome gives money received at their wedding to project aimed at improving the life of disabled individuals in rocket-battered town

A newlywed Jewish couple from Rome, Italy have recently donated all the money they received from guests in their wedding to handicapped residents of Sderot.

The money went towards providing seven families in the rocket-battered town with new computers with LCD screens, printers, computer desks and a one-year internet connection.

The equipment will be installed at the residents' houses by volunteer students who will also teach the residents how to use it.

The disabled residents are members of the "Supportive Community" project in Sderot that has been operated in the last year by the Amal Siudit home nursing chain in partnership with the Joint Distribution Committee-Israel, the Sderot municipality and the Welfare Ministry.

The project, which currently involves 60 families, provides disabled individuals in the southern city with a safety network and support solutions at times of crisis or emergency.

The services provided by the project include on-call volunteers who are always available for immediate assistance, small repairs at home, medicine and food supply during emergencies, social activities, and a 24-hour hook-up to a distress center.

Dalya Korkin, executive director of Amal Siudit, explained that "using a computer is one of the means to boost disabled people's independence and enable them to have access to information and to create social ties on the internet."

Hana Morag, Amal Siudit's director in Sderot, added: "In Sderot, with the reality of ongoing Qassam attacks, the possibility to improve the life of the disabled is particularly important."


“The Battle for Liberty, The Struggle Against Despotism.” An Interview with Author Jamie Glazov

For six years, Jamie Glazov has been my editor at Frontpage magazine. While he is still the editor there, Glazov is now also the author of a new and very important book, one that was hard for me to read, but even harder for me to put down. It was “hard” because, like so many others, I was once an admirer of the Left , a woman of the Left; that story.

Glazov’s sobering, gripping, and very well written work, United in Hate: The Left’s Romance With Tyranny and Terror, ( WND Books/WorldNetDaily), should be required reading at every university. Psycho-analysts, many of whom are, themselves, in “denial,” and left-wing intellectuals everywhere, need to grapple with Glazov’s information and point of view. His subject concerns the survival of the human race and the tragic blood letting that has been done in the name of progressive, even salvational ideology.

The modern infatuation with tyranny; the belief that if humanity is to improve humanity, that they can only do so through cruelty, repression, and mass murder, including genocide, is a terrifying reality and one that Glazov analyzes carefully, almost surgically. Although the information is now in about Stalin, Mao, Castro–and their most logical and terrifying descendents, the Islamist-jihadists, nevertheless, thinking, caring leftists and fellow traveler progressives, dare not acknowledge the evil that has been done for the sake of “good,” lest doing so will force them to take responsibility and experience guilt for all the blood shed on their watch.

Freud might say that Glazov is trying to strengthen Eros, the life force, in us and is doing monumental battle with Thanatos, the death instinct. In this work, Glazov has gone beyond Alice Miller and Eric Hoffer.

I congratulate him and I strongly recommend the work.

Earlier today, I interviewed him. Although we may have more to say to each other, I wanted to share this with my readers quickly.


Q: What kind of response to the book have you received so far? Has anything surprised you? If so, what?
A: The response has been very positive. I am a bit surprised that United in Hate has been gaining critical acclaim — as has reported. There has been a wide reception, and I’ve been invited on many big radio shows, including G. Gordon Liddy, Michael Savage and Dennis Prager. The reviews have also been positive and the book hit pretty far up on the Amazon rankings (in the 200s). Within hours of United in Hate’s release, the book was No. 1 among books relating to communism on Amazon. So this is pretty encouraging and exciting.
Q: Have there been any mainstream, liberal, or left reviews? Even attacks, which would have to acknowledge that your book and ideas exist.
A: Naturally there have been no mainstream, liberal or left reviews. This is just a given and I don’t expect them to ever materialize. You know about all of this very well Phyllis, yourself being a freedom fighter that the Left has tried to push into spheres of invisibility. This is what the Left does to its political opponents when it cannot eliminate them: it simply writes them out of history and reality, just as Soviet history books simply wrote people it didn’t want to exist out of its history books.
Look at how non-conservative institutions in the literary culture – the New York Review of Books, the New Republic, the New York Times, and the Washington Post – have studiously ignored the works of David Horowitz since he moved out of leftist ranks. Tell me if I missed something, but what liberal medium in the literary culture covered your book, Phyllis, The Death of Feminism, that dealt powerfully and courageously with how Western leftist feminists have abandoned women who suffer under Islamic gender apartheid? And you are right by the implication of your question: by ignoring United in Hate, the Left is able to simply pretend that the ideas that it puts forward do not exist.
Q: Have you been invited to speak on any non-conservative radio or television programs? On any university campuses?
A: No, of course not. The Left is not interested in dialogue. At, David Horowitz has for years been asking me to invite liberals and leftists to come and have dialogue with us, and a few of them agree sometimes, but the overwhelming majority just call me names in return or tell me to forward some kind of nasty personal attack to David. While we invite dialogue, can you imagine The Nation inviting David Horowitz for a discussion on its pages?
I may in the future give some talks on some campuses, but I’m going to need to have some body guards, seeing that radical leftists and radical Muslims aren’t to interested, in, well, let’s just say a peaceful exchange of ideas.
Q: As you well understand, I ask these questions first because your answer constitutes important political information, straight from the cultural “front.”
But now, to the book itself. How long did it take to write?
A: I have been thinking of it almost all of my life, because my guts were in pain as I witnessed leftists denouncing America, the country I hold dear, and making excuses for the worst tyrannies in the world. After 9/11, when I saw the Left celebrate the crime against humanity that the Islamists perpetrated, I decided to sit down and write something that would expose the impulse that leads leftists to embrace murderous monsters. It took me three years to write it.
Q: Tell me something about your background in terms of your family and your own educational pedigree.
A: I was born in the Soviet Union. It was a regime that massacred millions of my people. It was one of the most evil regimes in world history. My parents, Yuri and Marina Glazov, were dissidents and they stood up against the despotism. My dad was a warrior for freedom whose torch I have proudly grasped to run further with. My mother is a poet who dedicated her life to the soul’s yearning to create and to move toward the Divine. She could never stomach the totalitarian state’s lust to suffocate the human being’s imagination, individuality and creativity. And she has stood on the frontlines all of her life against that serpent in its earthly incarnation. Because of that, she has always played a huge role in my thirst for freedom and my passion to defend it.
We were able to eventually escape the Soviet hell and come to America. I fell in love with this country, and I have dedicated my life to defending it and its beautiful values.
I have a Ph.D. in History which has given me a strong foundation to make a study of the pathologies of the Left.
Q: What would you like to accomplish with this work? Give me the idealistic answer, then the realistic answer.
A: My book is written to expose the Left. I wish for United in Hate to help rip the mask off of the Left – the mask that helps leftists pretend that they are humanitarians who care about social justice. But they couldn’t care less about social justice. If they did, they would be screaming with moral indignation in the streets in defense of the victims of honor killings behind the Islamic Iron Curtain. They would be outraged at ideologies and systems that impose forced segregation and forced marriage and forced veiling on women. They would be engaged in mass demonstrations against the reality that 6,000 girls a day are genitally mutilated in the Muslim world and they would demand a denunciation of the Islamic teachings and ideologies that engender that holocaust against women.
If leftists cared about real actual people and real actual human rights, the name Aasiya Hassan would be constantly on their lips. She is the Muslim woman who was recently beheaded by her husband Muzzammil Hassan in Buffalo. Where is the Left in its demand for an international investigation of this crime? Where are the Women’s Studies Departments all across American campuses calling for committees and government and non-government bodies to immediately launch investigations into what Islamic theologies inspired and sanctioned this beheading? Where are their cries that such theologies be immediately repudiated and brought to account?
Ideally, United in Hate will help arm many people across the world with the knowledge of the leftist charade and therefore help all freedom loving people to confront and defeat the Left and its destructive agenda.
Realistically, what will the book accomplish? Well I don’t know. Even if a handful of people can understand the malicious agenda of the Left better, and even if a handful of people get inspired to get on the frontlines to fight for our freedoms — and on behalf of the persecuted peoples under Islamism, even that can make a difference in our battle for liberty, and in our struggle against despotism.



Sefer Chabibi Deepest Torah: VAYAKHEL: THE GATHERING

Sefer Chabibi Deepest Torah: VAYAKHEL: THE GATHERING

Israel Matzav: Iran financed Syrian nuke plant?#links#links

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Israel is victim of the most vile libel. Anti-semites and Israel-haters have made the most obscene comparisons between Israel and the Nazis (l'havdil elef alafei alafim havdalot). Jews and all good people have to respond forcefully to these lies.
taken from:For Zion's Sake

DoubleTapper: IDF Women

DoubleTapper: IDF Women


Last month's edition of The Atlantic had an interesting story by Richard Florida about what the recession may do to different American cities. Counter-intuitively, he says the places that sinned the most may still come out on top, and above them all, New York. This is because NY is the most important of the mega-cities, clusters of megalopolises:

The University of Chicago economist and Nobel laureate Robert Lucas declared that the spillovers in knowledge that result from talent-clustering are the main cause of economic growth. Well-educated professionals and creative workers who live together in dense ecosystems, interacting directly, generate ideas and turn them into products and services faster than talented people in other places can. There is no evidence that globalization or the Internet has changed that. Indeed, as globalization has increased the financial return on innovation by widening the consumer market, the pull of innovative places, already dense with highly talented workers, has only grown stronger, creating a snowball effect. Talent-rich ecosystems are not easy to replicate, and to realize their full economic value, talented and ambitious people increasingly need to live within them.

Big, talent-attracting places benefit from accelerated rates of “urban metabolism,” according to a pioneering theory of urban evolution developed by a multidisciplinary team of researchers affiliated with the SantaFe Institute. The rate at which living things convert food into energy—their metabolic rate—tends to slow as organisms increase in size. But when the Santa Fe team examined trends in innovation, patent activity, wages, and GDP, they found that successful cities, unlike biological organisms, actually get faster as they grow. In order to grow bigger and overcome diseconomies of scale like congestion and rising housing and business costs, cities must become more efficient, innovative, and productive. The researchers dubbed the extraordinarily rapid metabolic rate that successful cities are able to achieve “super-linear” scaling. “By almost any measure,” they wrote, “the larger a city’s population, the greater the innovation and wealth creation per person.” Places like New York with finance and media, Los Angeles with film and music, and Silicon Valley with hightech are all examples of high-metabolism places.

Later, he sums it up: dense and intense means creative and successful.

Let's run with his idea for a moment. Each of his mega-cities is larger than the State of Israel. However, if you postulate a cluster of cities from Beer-Sheva at the south of Israel's metropolis, up north to Beirut then east to Damascus and down to Amman, you've got an entity that does compare, in size and population, to some of his examples. Its diversity could easily equal many of the others, what with the kaleidoscope of Jews in Israel; Palestinians (not very monolithic they, and apparently the most enterprising of the Arabs) in Israel, Jordan and (sigh) Palestine; the crazy ethnic quilt of Lebanon, and the traders of Damascus if only someone would let them be part of the rest of the world.

I know, Shimon Peres already wrote a book about the "New Middle East", and we rightfully all made fun of him for it. But his underlying point was legitimate. If the Arabs who surround us were to decide competing with the modern world is better than hating it, and living with us is preferable to futilely trying to get rid of us....

Oh well. Just a thought.

taken from:Yaacov Lozowick's Ruminations (


As anyone who knows me will tell, I'm not one to shy away from allegations of Israeli wrong-doing. When we do things wrong we need to recognize, understand, own up, learn for the future and move on. This in one of the most important ways to ensure our overall morality at war, since we're going to be at war for a long time yet.

Haaretz has just launched a series (so they say) of articles in which soldiers who fought in Gaza tell of wrongdoings. I'm linking to the first article here, and may link to the next. As war crimes go, these stories published so far are not particularly horrendous; they tell of lax orders and lack of care, not of an intention to kill civilians, but let's see what the next installments tell. I expect Haaretz will publish the whammies in their weekend (=Friday) edition.
taken from:Yaacov Lozowick's Ruminations (

Esser Agaroth: How Frum Are You?

Esser Agaroth: How Frum Are You?

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By Rabbi Avraham Greenbaum

(Special additional reading for Shabbat HACHODESH: Exodus 12:1-20 giving the laws of the month of Nissan, "Ha-Chodesh", and the festival of Passover in preparation for the coming season of our Redemption. Special Haftara from Ezekiel 45:17-46:18 about the inauguration of the Future Temple.)

VAYAKHEL: Exodus 35:1-38:20,


The parshah of VAYAKHEL opens with the words: "And Moses gathered together all the Community of Israel." (Exodus 35:1). According to our sages, Moses' gathering of all of the Community took place on the day following Yom Kippur, when he had secured atonement for the sin of the golden calf.

This gathering consisted of all of ADAS YISRAEL, the Community of Israel. The Zohar (beginning of VAYAKHEL) states specifically that this Community was made up of all who remained faithful to the true Covenant of Israel, accepting no deviation from the Torah and no prophet other than Moses. The Zohar emphasizes that they could only build the Sanctuary after being purged of all the Mixed Multitude who went astray after the golden calf, which was half ox (Edom, Christianity) and half donkey (Ishmael, Islam). Both deviated from the finality of the Torah and the supremacy of Moses as G-d's true prophet, seeking to displace them in different ways by erecting new prophets and intermediaries standing between man and G-d. They and all the nations are excluded from membership of ADAS ISRAEL and from contributing to the Sanctuary.

The materials and manpower for the construction of the Sanctuary for the One G-d were to be contributed only by this Community of true Israelites, those willing to abide by the Law of Moses. This accepts no intermediary between man and G-d and permits no form or idol in worship. The only forms permitted in G-d's Sanctuary and Temple and nowhere else are those of the two golden Cherubs over the Ark of the Covenant and the other Sanctuary vessels. The only scriptures are the Sefer Torah.

The commandment to build the Sanctuary was addressed to the whole Community of Israel. Each member of this community was to have his or her personal share in this joint national project of building the Sanctuary that Moses was to announce. For the true Israelite, there is no intermediary between man and G-d. Man faces G-d directly. Each one contributes -- and each one has responsibility for his own actions. Only one who truly INTENDS to do what he does can be said to be responsible for what he does and, if he does good, fairly take the reward. Only then is there merit in his contribution.

How can one INTEND what he does? Taking precedence over all the commandments about contributing to and building the Sanctuary addressed to the Community of Israel is the commandment to observe the Shabbos -- to spend one entire day every week WILLFULLY ABSTAINING from many kinds of actions and activities.

Moses' discourse to the Community of Israel about the building of the Sanctuary opens with the following words:

"Six days labor shall be performed, and on the seventh day you will have a holy Shabbos of rest in honor of G-d: anyone who performs a labor on Shabbos shall be put to death." (Ex. 35:2).

It is a commandment to labor -- "Six days labor shall be performed". Part of that same commandment is the commandment to observe the Shabbos by willfully abstaining from labor when so commanded. So stringent is this commandment that its willful infringement is punishable by execution. The example of forbidden labor given in the Torah text is that of kindling fire on the Sabbath day, which is infringed by acts as simple as flicking on a light-switch, lighting a cooker or starting a car ignition.

The ability to observe Shabbos and the ability to engage in truly meaningful labor on the other days of the week are bound up together. Only when a person can consciously abstain from action and willfully NOT perform a particular range of actions as instructed by G-d on Shabbos can he be said to have true INTENTION when he does perform the action in honor of G-d on the six days of the week. Only then does his action have true merit.

Only the observance of the commandment to abstain from labor on the Seventh Day in honor of G-d gives true meaning to the building of the Sanctuary in the wilderness and the Temple in Jerusalem in G-d's honor.

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The greater part of our parshah of VAYAKHEL is devoted to a detailed description of how Betzalel and his fellow craftsmen made the Sanctuary and its vessels in accordance with the plan whose details we studied three parshahs earlier in TERUMAH. While TERUMAH taught how they were to be made when they were still on the level of thought -- BE-KOACH, in POTENTIALITY -- our parshah of VAYAKHEL teaches how they came to made BE-PHO'AL, in ACTUALITY, on the level of ASIYAH, action.

It is significant that all of the laws of what constitutes forbidden MELACHAH, labor, on Shabbos are learned from the 39 archetypal forms of labor that were involved in the making of the Sanctuary on the six days of the week. It is only when we abstain from performing forbidden labor on Shabbos BECAUSE IT IS SHABBOS that performing those labors "for G-d" on the six weekdays can be said to be truly intentional and meritorious. The labors that are forbidden on Shabbos are called MELECHET MACHSHEVET, a labor that involves MACHSHAVAH -- i.e. it is intentional.

When we observe the Shabbos FOR G-D, abstaining from forbidden labors because that is His command, this gives the intentional labors that we perform on the other six days of the week in pursuit of our livelihood and all our other needs the sanctity of BUILDING THE SANCTUARY. Our intention in pursuing all these needs is that we may serve G-d, pray and keep the commandments. Our going about our daily lives in our homes, at work and elsewhere is all part of BUILDING THE TEMPLE, a dwelling place for G-d's presence. For each one of us has our own contribution to make to the construction of this Temple. Each person's mitzvah and good intention help to draw G-d's Indwelling Presence into this world and within the sanctity of our homes.

According to a tradition handed down by the Kabbalah, Betzalel accomplished the "labors" required to build and construct the sanctuary vessels through manipulations of the 22 Hebrew Letters of Creation, as taught in Sefer Yetzirah. Successful manipulation of the letters to produce actual physical constructions in the world without performing any physical action requires the greatness of a Betzalel or the Maharal of Prague, who created a Golem. Nevertheless, even a simple Israelite has the power to "manipulate" the letters of creation by using them to compose prayers to G-d to bless his material efforts in the actual world of Asiyah with success. With the help of G-d, our very words themselves have the power to serve as vessels within which G-d's presence can dwell in this world. Through our words we contribute to building the Sanctuary -- the House of Prayer -- to G-d.

May we soon be worthy to contribute to the Building of G-d's House in Jerusalem quickly in our days. Amen.

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Exodus 38:21-40:38.


The parshah of PEKUDEY brings the second book of the Torah, Exodus, to an end, concluding the subject of the construction of the Sanctuary, which occupies the last five of its eleven parshahs -- almost half the book.

"These are the ACCOUNTS (PEKUDEY) of the Sanctuary." (Ex. 35:21). Following the detailed explanation we have had in the previous four parshahs about the form of the Sanctuary and its vessels, we are now given a full "breakdown" of the "budget" of this national project -- how much gold, silver and bronze, etc.-- together with an exact account of what they were used for.

Much of the silver came from a "head-tax" on the entire nation, while the other materials were contributed by many different people, some wealthy, some poor. All were entitled to know what was done with their contributions. The Torah sets everything forth clearly for all to see.

This Torah lesson about "transparency" in good government is particularly timely today, when corruption is rife in business and government all over the world, and literally billions of dollars of tax-payers' money find their way into private pockets.

When Moses was later accused of bad government (Numbers 16:13-14), he could stand up and pray: "Do not turn to their offering: not a single donkey have I taken from them and I have not harmed one of them".

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The "accounts" of the Sanctuary project include blue, purple and scarlet dyes, one of the most important uses of which was in the garments of the High Priest. This leads us into the detailed account contained in our parshah of how these garments were actually made by Betzalel and his fellow craftsmen. This description of the making of the priestly garments in ACTUALITY, on the level of ASIYAH, parallels the description in parshas TETZAVEH of the form of the garments when they were in POTENTIAL, in the Divine Will. [Similarly, the description of the actual making of the Sanctuary and its vessels in the previous parshah, VAYAKHEL, parallels the description of their form in TERUMAH.]

The world of ASIYAH attains its perfection when we take its best materials -- gold, precious stones, rich, colorful fabrics -- and use them to make the Sanctuary and priestly garments, which give expression to eternal truths about G-d's relationship to the Creation, and how man draws close to G-d. The description of the making of the priestly garments puts the spotlight on Aaron. It is the Cohen-priest, the archetypal Tzaddik, who secures atonement through the Sanctuary services and through his very garments.

Yet the central figure in our parshah as a whole is in fact Moses, the Lawgiver, who established the Sanctuary and the entire system of atonement within which the Cohen functions. Only Moses had the power to take all the different component parts of the Sanctuary, put them together and make them into one.

Our parshah lists in great detail all the component parts of the Sanctuary that were brought to Moses on their completion. The work had been done at great speed. The command to bring the materials was given on 11th Tishri, the day after Moses' third descent from Sinai, while everything was ready only seventy-five days later, on 25th Kislev. Nevertheless, all the component parts lay there for three months until the appointed time came for the seven-day induction of the priests, followed by the consecration of the Sanctuary for regular services on 1st Nissan.

When the appointed time came, Moses alone was instructed to erect the Sanctuary, place all the vessels in position, and conduct the very first services. (Moses officiated as the Priest during the seven-day induction of Aaron and his sons.) Our parshah tells how Moses performed the superhuman task of erecting the Sanctuary all by himself. The detailed account of Moses' induction of Aaron and his sons into the priesthood and the Consecration of the Sanctuary is taken up by the Torah in Leviticus (in parshas TZAV and SHEMINI).

Moses' unique role in putting everything together and erecting one Sanctuary is a second lesson in good government besides that of the need for transparent cleanliness, as discussed above. The very foundation of good government and organization is that it should be in the hands of a true Sage, whose only purpose is to serve G-d, as exemplified by Moses (who single-handedly erected the Sanctuary) and King David (who designed and collected all the materials for the Temple). Our generation is waiting for this true Sage to be revealed.

It is hopefully a sign of the imminence of Melech HaMashiach that today, the temporal government has been taken over by unbelievers, as predicted in the Talmud (Sotah 49b): "In the 'footprint' period before Mashiach. government will turn into atheism". Nevertheless, even in this time of exile, as we dream of the building the physical Temple, we are daily engaged in building a spiritual Sanctuary: G-d's House of Prayer. This is our true national project, and it is accomplished even today when we all contribute our prayers.

In the words of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov:

"Every single prayer that each one prays is a 'limb' of the Shechinah (Divine Presence). All of the 'limbs' and component parts of the Sanctuary are 'limbs' of the Shechinah. And not one Israelite has the power to put all the limbs and parts together, each one in its proper place, except for Moses alone. For this reason, it is necessary to bind all our prayers to the Tzaddik of the generation, as it is written, 'And they brought the Sanctuary to MOSES' (Ex. 39:33). And the Tzaddik knows how to put the parts together to make a complete structure, as it says there, 'And MOSES erected the Sanctuary' (Ex. 40:18). It seems as if every day we are crying out to G-d yet we are not saved, and some of our people, the Children of Israel, err in their hearts thinking that all the prayers are in vain. But in truth the Tzaddikim in every generation take all the prayers and lift them up, putting each component and each limb into its proper place, building the structure of the Shechinah little by little, until finally the entire structure will be complete, and then Mashiach will come and finish everything." (Likutey Moharan Vol. 1, Lesson 2).

Rabbi Nachman's above teaching draws out the Messianic allusions contained in the conclusion of this week's parshah of PEKUDEY, when Moses FINISHED the work. This was on the 1st of Nissan, when "the Cloud covered the Tent of Meeting and the Glory of G-d filled the Sanctuary." (Ex. 40:33-4).

The month of Nissan -- in the spring, time of rebirth -- has always and will always be a time of redemption for us. As we now conclude our study of the second book of the Torah, the "Book of Names" -- SHEMOS, Exodus, the Torah focuses our minds on the redemptive quality of the month of Nissan. This is signified by the fact that it was on 1st Nissan that the Shechinah came to dwell among the Children of Israel with the inauguration of the Sanctuary.

The book of Exodus started in a state of exile: "These are the names of the Children of Israel who came to Egypt with Jacob, each with his house." (Ex. 1:1). After their grueling servitude followed by the plagues that afflicted the Egyptians, the light of redemption truly began to shine on the 1st of Nissan: "And G-d spoke to Moses and to Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying: This month is for you the first of the months." (Exodus 12:1-2). After narrating the drama of leaving Egypt, the Splitting of the Sea, the Giving of the Torah and the loss of innocence with the sin of the calf, Exodus concludes with the structure of the World of Repair as exemplified in the form of the Sanctuary.

It was when the Shechinah came to dwell in the completed Sanctuary on 1st Nissan that "He called to Moses and G-d spoke to him from the Tent of Meeting." These are the opening words of the third book of the Torah, Leviticus, which introduce the commandments relating to the sacrifices that were to be offered in the Sanctuary. These portions were revealed to Moses on 1st Nissan.

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In the merit of completing this cycle in the study of SHEMOS and entering the book of VAYIKRA, may we see the true Sage and Leader of the Children of Israel revealed quickly in our times. Amen.

"Be strong! Be strong -- and we'll get strong!"

Shabbat Shalom! Chodesh Tov UMevorach

Avraham Yehoshua Greenbaum


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