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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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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Join Rav Yehezqel of Kehilat Melech Yisrael in Toronto, Ontario as he will be doing a teaching and brief breakdown on the new Siddur Shaar HaShamayim. Class Dates October 16, 2018 at 7:30PM EST —– After registering for each meeting, your registration will be pending for approval by CMY. We will be reviewing those who…

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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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On Yom Kippur during Mincha [the afternoon of Yom Kippur] we read about the prohibition of forbidden relations in Parashat Acharei Mot: Vayiqra 18:6-8 אִישׁ אִישׁ אֶל־כָּל־שְׁאֵר בְּשָׂרוֹ לֹא תִקְרְבוּ לְגַלּוֹת עֶרְוָה אֲנִי יְהוָה׃ ס   עֶרְוַת אָבִיךָ וְעֶרְוַת אִמְּךָ לֹא תְגַלֵּה אִמְּךָ הִוא לֹא תְגַלֶּה עֶרְוָתָהּ׃ ס עֶרְוַת אֵשֶׁת־אָבִיךָ לֹא תְגַלֵּה עֶרְוַת אָבִיךָ הִוא׃…

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This Sabbath is called Shabbat Shuvah [The Sabbath of return]. The 10 days between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur is critical for the new year. In the Book of Ruth we read that Naomi tells Ruth not to worry about Boaz redeeming her in order to take her as a spouse because; “Boaz was a…

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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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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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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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Why out of all the Jewish holidays is Yom Kippur considered to be the holiest day of the year? If Rosh Hashanah is considered the Day of Judgment and the apex of Creation why do we celebrate it before Yom Kippur? Why do we wear white when we fast on Yom Kippur when fasting in…

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