Leil Shimurim

  Rav Avraham Norin Ram at the Machon Meir Conversion Center . . Leil Shimurim The Jewish people are well aware of the many mitzvot in Parashat Bo concerning the holiday of Pesach. We spend weeks preparing our house to be free of Hametz.  We tell the story of the...

The True Goal of Yetziat Mitzrayim – 5777

Yedidya Bijel Former Shaliach in Chicago Currently a structural engineer   The True Goal of Yetziat Mitzrayim    "This month shall be unto you the beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year to you" Right in the middle of the...

The Secret of the Teffilin

Rav Ronen Neuwirth Former Central Shaliach of World Bnei Akiva in North America Currently Rav of Kehillat Ohel Ari in Raanana and Member of Beit Hillel   The Secret of the Teffilin וְהָיָה כִי יְבִיאֲךָ ה’ אֶל אֶרֶץ הַכְּנַעֲנִי … וְהָיָה לְךָ לְאוֹת...

Yosef and the Rise and Fall of the Egyptian Empire

L’ilui nishmat my father, Aryeh Chanoch ben Asher Yaakov z”l “The flax and the barley were struck; for the barley is in the ear, and the flax is in the stalk. And the wheat and the spelt were not struck; because they ripen late.” (Shmot 9:31-32) The Rashbam teaches:...

Captain Hook and the Walls of Hope

Peter Pan the hero of James Barry’s book of the same title is an eternal child who never grows up. His character represents everything that is good in and the innocence of childhood as well as its mischievousness. His opponent, Captain Hook is the antithesis of...

The Jewish Leader

The past year has seen quite furious discussion as to the nature of leadership – both in Israeland throughout the world. This week’s parashah presents us with this issue as we view the conflict between Moshe and Pharaoh and their leadership of their respective...

Eretz Yisrael – Inheritance Of Gift?

It says in our parasha, “It shall be, when Hashem brings you to the land of the Canaanites as He promised you and your forefathers, and He gives it to you… ” (13:11). Rashi there comments, “It should be in your eyes as if He gave it to you that day,...

Being Jewish – Slavery or Freedom?

Avdiel Gross Montreal 2003   “Sanctify to Me every firstborn, the first issue of every womb among the Children of Israel, of man and beast, is Mine… With a strong hand Hashem removed us from Egypt from the house of bondage.” (Shmot 13; 2,14) What is...