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The Rabbi's Desk

05/10/2019 05:10:36 PM


Inside: (see below)
•  Guest Scholar this Shabbat: Rabbi Yaakov Glasser
•  My Derasha from this Past Shabbat  
•  Bergen County Israel Flag Raising 
•  Video Shiurim from Rav Asher Weiss on Vaccination
•  For This, Hashem Made the Internet - Parshat Kedoshim

The Derasha this Shabbat in the Straus Main Sanctuary will be deliver by our Guest Scholar, Rabbi Yaakov Glasser

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Derasha from this Past Shabbat, Parshat Achrei Mot

Jewish Nationalism and the Jewish Nation


Bergen County Israel Flag Raising with Jewish Federation
I was privileged to represent our community at the Annual Bergen County Israel Flag Raising at the Bergen County Administration Building  in conjunction with the JCRC of our Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey. I introduced the invocation I delivered by observing that there instance in the Torah, the 5 Books of Moshe, where flags are found. As the Israelites traveled through the desert surrounding the Mishkan with Hashem's presence, the tribes are identified by flags (See Bamidbar Chapter 2). The flags which marked their camping locations served two purposes. First, the flag identified the unique identity of each tribe. Second, though, the flags were lined up to surround the Mishkan together. So we see that the flags brought the unique personalities of the tribes together to form a sense of brotherhood and fraternity. For us, the Jewish community and the pro-Israel community, to see the flag of the State of Israel raised next to the flags of Bergen County and the United States is an inspiring demonstration of the sense of brotherhood and friendship we feel living in such a blessed country as this one. To celebrate Israeli independence with such strong local support is a true testament to the values of the Torah that we can find in so many places.


Video Shiurim from Rav Asher Weiss on Vaccination

I'd like to share these videos of one of the great Poskim and Torah scholars of our day, Rav Asher Weiss. Click here for his bio.


HaRav Asher Weiss - Vaccinations in Halacha

HaRav Asher Weiss - Vaccinations in Halacha - Q and A


For This, Hashem Made the Internet - for Parshat Kedoshim

I saw in my twitter feed the following insight of the Kotzker Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Morgenstern zt"l. He taught that a person must believe in three things - Hashem, Klal Yisrael, and Yourself. How else, he added, can you fulfill ואהבת לרעך כמוך!

In other words, each word of that famous pasuk represents someone a person must have allegiance to. ואהבת refers to Hashem since that word is used as we say in the Shema in the context of believing in Hashem. לרעך - which means, your friend and suggests that we have to believe that we can count on the Jewish people. כמוך - is the most profound insight here as the Kotzker is emphasizing that a person must have cultivate the healthy self-confidence to be a servant of Hashem. This lofty principle to love thy neighbor as thyself is fulfilled completely when based on these three lessons.




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