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And It Will Be When You Come To the Land

Adapted from teachings of Rabbis Avraham Greenbaum, Pinchas Winston , and Moshe Lichtman Photo credit: Ben GoldsteinThe commandments contained in Ki Tavo are almost the last commandments in the Torah. They relate to the longed for, glorious completion of the journey...

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Leaving the Land of Israel

Leaving the Land of Israel One way of understanding the vital importance of Eretz Yisrael to Jewish life is through the prohibition to leave it. When a Jew leaves the Land of Israel, it is as if he or she is turning their backs on the Shechinah and the Holy One...

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The Great Call

The Great Call “To the Land of Israel, Gentlemen, To the Land of Israel! Let us utter this appeal in one voice, in a great and never-ending cry!” This isn’t me. It’s Rabbi Kook. He wrote this open letter, which he named, “The Great Call,” to world Jewry in 1907 when...

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Medinat Yisrael is a Torah Commandment

Medinat Yisrael is a Torah Commandment! The Torah states again and again and again that G-d wants the Jews to live in Israel. So how can it be that some confused Jews think the very opposite, believing they are following the Torah by living in gentile lands, and that...

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Mashiach Now!

Mashiach Now! Only an infant expects his desires to be gratified immediately. He wants his bottle now! He wants his rattle now! If he doesn’t get it, he screams, he hollers, he cries. Sometimes, when a child gets to be an adult, he still wants everything handed to him...

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Chocolate Chip Cookies and the Land of Israel

Believe it or not, chocolate chip cookies were one of the things that made me realize that a Jew’s true place is in Israel. When I started to learn about Judaism in Hollywood, someone told me that a Jew has to say a blessing before and after eating, in order to thank...

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Chofetz Chaim on Aliyah

Chofetz Chaim on Aliyah Several times during the year, I am invited to speak to groups of yeshiva students from the Diaspora who are studying in Israel. One of the questions that I am frequently asked is, “Is it a Mitzvah to live in Israel in a time of danger?”...

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Rose-Colored Glasses

Rose-Colored Glasses Shabbat’s Torah portion begins with Moshe begging God to let him enter the Land of Israel. “Please let me pass over there and see the good Land on the other side of the Jordan, this good mountain and the Lebanon” (Devarim, 3:23). As a rule, the...

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The Chillul Hashem of Galus

In a recent Jewish Press article I asserted that the very presence of Jews in exile is the ultimate chillul Hashem, which cannot be neutralized by good behavior. I referred to Orthodox Jews who are not bothered by this, and are not actively striving to rectify it, as...

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Assimilated Orthodox Jews

Assimilation is like a virus in many ways. It spreads primarily from close contact with those who are already infected, though casual contact is also dangerous. Carriers may exhibit a variety of symptoms, and may even be asymptomatic. Many get away with only mild...

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Amalek Versus a Torah Society

Make no mistake about it: the rot eating away at Western society from within has nothing to do with rectifying any problems in society. It is a war led by Amalekites, powered by an army of empty people and useful idiots, against God and everything sacred. This war...

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Can it happen in America?

You immediately knew what “it” is, because deep down you know we're not that far away, even if you don't want to admit it. Fifteen years ago I was teaching social studies to fifth-graders. Fifteen years ago was a completely different era. Donald Trump was an eccentric...

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