Archive for January, 2012

The God Who Hates Lies

January 27, 2012
The God Who Hates Lies

A lot of Jews think halacha (Jewish law) is a dry and boring subject. I can’t say that I blame them.  Some of the stuff that you can read about in the papers here in Israel would probably strike any normal person as pretty bizarre.  The latest being a rabbi in B’nei Brak who...
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Bo 5772 — Pharaoh and Free Will

January 24, 2012

 In this week’s talk, I was aiming for a “Two Minute Torah.”  This one is three minutes.  I’m not sure whether to say, “what the heck, it’s only a minute, close enough!”  Or “wow, missed the target by 50%!” The question I discuss this week is whether God hardening Pharaoh’s heart is a violation...
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Vaera 5772 — Hardening of the Heart

January 18, 2012

 For this week, I tried my hand at doing a video version of my d’var Torah. The text version is available at the Americans for Peace Now web site, click here to read it. Please leave comments if you like the video format.  I’m sure production values would improve with more practice. Reb Barry...
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Vayechi 5772

January 7, 2012
Vayechi 5772

If you could take a pill that would make you happy all the time, would you take it? An Israeli neuroscientist, Moran Cerf, has discovered how to trigger different areas of the brain to elicit emotions without any external stimulus. In an article in Haaretz he said, “The purpose of the research is to...
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