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Special Shiur for Parshah Lech Lecha

This is a special shiur for Parshah Lech Lecha as preparation for our upcoming Shabbaton in honor of Reb Shlomo Carlebach’s yarzheit. We ask the question why isn’t the land of Canaan mentioned by name when Hashem tells Abraham to go and why is Abraham selected to

Is There a Place for Joy on Rosh Hashana?

After the terror attack in our community, Adam’s own Miriam Leichman, decided that the community was in need of words of strength and chizuk, specifically in the area of Bein Adam L’chavero commandments between Jew and their fellow.  She initiated a project in which every day for

The Goodness of God on Tisha B’Av???

We sit on the floor while listening to Megillat Eichah.  The shul’s light are dimmed.  The prayers are mournful.  The Parochet on the Aron Kodesh is missing.  Friends do not greet one another.  It is the darkest and saddest night of the Jewish year. In the middle

Torat Chessed

We read the Book of Ruth on Chag HaShavuot.  At first glance it seems like a strange choice.  The storyline of Rut has little or nothing to do with Revelation and standing at Sinia, the main theme of the holiday.  What is the reason why the Rabbis

The Holiness of the Land

Yom Haatzmaut runs straight (at least ה’ אייר does) into Parshiyot Acharai Mot/Kedoshim that we will be reading this Shabbot.  What is the significance of reading these two Torah portions immediately following our celebration of Yom Haatzmaut? The overall theme of Acharai Mot and that of Kedoshim

Israel – Our Treasure

The focus of the third week of the Omer is the attribute of Tiferet.  Commonly translated as splendor or harmony, this midda is personified by Yaakov Avinu.  Yaakov was the “bachir haAvot” or the select individual among our exalted Avot.  He attained this status because he was

Making Seder of the Seder – Part II

After the first two cycles of questions, presenting the “gnut” or humiliation of the Exodus story, completed each time with praise of Hashem, discussed in Part I, we then come to “.והיא שעמדה” What role does והיא שעמדה play at this point? If you look closely at

Making Seder of the Seder

There has been more literature written about the Haggadah than any other Jewish text.  As much attention as the Seder receives, nonetheless, basic ideas of the overall structure of the Haggadah, specifically Maggid, remain unknown by many.  Based on the approach of Rav Reuven Taragin (a Rebbe

Purim in Adam: the 14th or the 15th of Adar?

Living in modern day, continuously expanding State of Israel creates interesting practical questions in Jewish law. Nine out of the twelve years that we have been married, the Miller Family has lived on the outskirts of Yerushalayim.  Places like Mevasseret Tzion, where we spent our first four

Biblical Figures Exemplifying True Leadership

What does it take to be a Jewish leader? Parshat Titzaveh usually falls out the shabbot before Purim.  What is the connection between the two? How does Titzaveh help prepare us for Purim? Parshat Titzaveh is the only parsha in the Torah (from Moshe’s birth in P’