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Pru Uvru – Be Fruitful and Multiply

Torah Portion

Pru Uvru – Be Fruitful and Multiply

In his commentary to Genesis 9:1, the Malbim () taught: כי כל כח הנמצא במציאות בהכרח מוליד ופורה, והאדם יתראו בו ג’ מיני כחות. “Every force in Creation is by necessity a force for creation, for producing new and different combinations of phenomena that never existed before.” The Malbim is speaking about the power of…

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Destroy and Rebuild

R’ Shimon bar Yochai taught that those who see the Torah as a book of stories undermine the essence of the Torah: “Woe unto those who see in the Torah nothing but simple narratives and ordinary words… Every word of the Torah contains an elevated sense and sublime mystery (Zohar, Beha’alotcha 12:58). As we arrive…

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The Body of G-d

After rewinding the Torah back to the beginning we learn about the Creation story. As intriguing as the Creation story is many people make the mistake by taking the concepts of the Creation story literal and fail to understand the deeper meaning behind the Creation story. Rabbi Chaim Volozhin explained that the anthropomorphic terms of…

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The Concept of Arvut

Being Jewish has nothing to do with doing “mitzvot [commandments].” Being Jewish has nothing to do with “loving G-d.” Being Jewish has to do with being an intricate part of the Jewish people. What made Ruth Jewish was her desire to make the Jewish people her people not just make the Jewish people’s G-d her…

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The Attribute of Compassion

In this week’s Torah portion we learn about the commandment of Shiluach HaKein [sending away a mother bird]. This obscured commandment is placed in the middle of various commandments that seem to have some type of separate classification within the Torah. For instance there is the prohibition of cross-dressing, there is the prohibition of not…

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Focus on The Family

In Jewish life, there are two important elements: the home and the synagogue. Unlike Western society that places the Church or Mosque at the center of the believers life, the Torah teaches that the home and synagogue are to be co-equal. The continuity of the Jewish faith depends upon the home more than anything else.…

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