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Becoming a Proud Woman of Israel

The Ofra immigrant students are extremely motivated, ready to take root in their new beloved homeland… ready to soar. With just a little help from you, we can ensure that these girls become proud young women of Israel.

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JUST BECAUSE THEY LOVE US MOM!

A mother of one of the children just wanted to share that when she asked her son “But WHY WHY? did they come and Why did they bring you gifts??” her sons response was “JUST BECAUSE THEY LOVE US MOM!” My heart melted, it is the truth.

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SHOULD WE MOURN FOR JERUSALEM?

August 1, 2017 By: Sondra Baras Today is the 9th of Av, the day according to the Hebrew calendar that commemorates the destruction of both Temples in Jerusalem: Solomon’s Temple and Herod’s Temple (which was a rebuilt version of the earlier Temple of Ezra and Nehemiah).  For centuries, this date marked the terrible fate that […]

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Pikudei Exodus 38:21 – 40:38

Pikudei Exodus 38:21 – 40:38 God understands our need to feel His presence among us. And, like Moses who is reluctant to enter the Tabernacle, when we hesitate, God beckons to us.                                                                                                                                   The closing chapters of the Book of Exodus complete the section that deals with the construction of the Tabernacle.  The last verses […]

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Vayelech Deuteronomy 31:1-31:30

Vayelech Deuteronomy 31:1-31:30   The Bible says that the stranger within our gates should be invited and we wanted to make sure our modern-day, loving “strangers” were included as well.   Deuteronomy 31:11-12 records a very special commandment:   You shall read this law before all Israel in their hearing. Assemble the people, men, women, and […]

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Nitzavim Deuteronomy 29:9 – 30:20

Nitzavim Deuteronomy 29:9 – 30:20   The first initiative towards repentance must come from man himself, but once a man begins the process, God will assist him in continuing. This week’s portion includes Moses’ last speech to the nation before the final poem that is Chapter 32 and the blessings in Chapter 33.  Chapter 30 is […]

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Ki Tavo Deuteronomy 26:1 – 29:8

Ki Tavo Deuteronomy 26:1 – 29:8   Our relationship with God is inherently connected to our presence in the Land of Israel and the blessings that God will bestow upon us when we settle and farm that land.    This week’s portion opens with the ceremony of first fruits that is performed in the Temple, after […]

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Ki Tezeh Deuteronomy 21:10 – 25:19

Ki Tezeh Deuteronomy 21:10 – 25:19   The Bible applied to its time and it is in that context that it must be read, but it is also an eternal book, applicable to those of us living thousands of years after it was first written. This week’s Torah portion includes the largest number of commandments […]

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Shoftim Deuteronomy 16:18 – 21:9

Shoftim Deuteronomy 16:18 – 21:9   Our political leaders would do well to follow the guidelines for the kings of Israel, to ensure their righteousness and the absence of corruption in their kingdom. In this week’s Torah portion, we read about the restrictions placed on a king of Israel. Only he must not acquire many […]

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Re’eh Deuteronomy 11:26 – 16:17

Re’eh Deuteronomy 11:26 – 16:17 Particularly today, it is imperative that we weigh everything we see, every impression we absorb, against the immutable word of God. This week’s portion includes a number of laws pertaining to people who exert an undue influence over others in order to sway them away from obeying God’s commandments.  The first […]

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