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  • Half of the Tribe of Manasseh

    Half of the Tribe of Manasseh

    The tribes of Reuben and Gad came to Moses and asked to get possession of the land on the eastern side of the Jordan River. This is part of the Land of Israel but not within the Land of Canaan. The Land of Canaan does not share any borders with a for...

  • A Sound of Silence

    A Sound of Silence

    What is the meaning of the Divine revelation to the Prophet Elijah at Mount Horeb? The explanation given by Rav Tzvi Yehuda Kook is well known, that in a way it was a lesson for Elijah, accompanied by a scolding, since his zealous defense of G-d was ...

  • The Fast of the 17th of Tammuz

    The Fast of the 17th of Tammuz

    A recorded message from Rav Cherki about the fast of the 17th of Tammuz. The fast of the 17th of Tammuz occurred this year on July 15. The five tragic events listed in the Talmud as having happened on this day can be seen as representing concentric c...

  • Jephthah in his Generation

    Jephthah in his Generation

    Jephthah is not considered an especially outstanding man, not in Torah wisdom and not as a public leader. The sages list him as one of the “minor people” of the world, whose lack of seriousness cost him the life of his daughter. He collec...

  • “For we have Heard”

    “For we have Heard”

    Rahab helps the two scouts that Joshua sent, even though she knows that they have come to conquer Jericho. At first glance this would seem to be an act of treason against her own people and an act supporting the invaders. However, she can justify her...

  • Exception to the Rule

    Exception to the Rule

    There have been a number of prominent people in the history of Israel who lived as a nazir, an ascetic who refrains from drinking wine. The one whose laws are discussed in greatest detail is Samson, as appears in the Haftarah for this week: “Th...

  • Rav Cherki – Messages for Shavuot

    Rav Cherki – Messages for Shavuot

    Shavuot this year (5776, 2016) begins at the end of Shabbat June 11. In Israel it ends Sunday night, outside of Israel it ends Monday night. Shavuot as a Universal Holiday There are 620 letters in the Ten Commandments, corresponding to the 613 mitzvo...

  • “We have not Lost our Hope”

    “We have not Lost our Hope”

    The complaint by Jeremiah the Prophet about the scourge of idol worship which was practiced by the Children of Israel takes on a special meaning in view of the spiritual revolution that took place during his lifetime. At the end of the era of the Fir...

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