Parashat Terumah: The Encounter Between Two Types of Sanctity

By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa’aretz Institute “Make for me a Sanctuary and I will dwell within your midst” (Sh’mot 25:8). The verse above should look strange to anyone following Jewish history...

Bloom on Mishpatim: An Entire Year of Shabbat

By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa’aretz Institute “Six years you shall sow your land and gather in its yield; but in the seventh you shall let it rest and lie fallow....

From Where I Stand: Mishpatim

By Rabbi Yossy Goldman אם בגפו יבוא בגפו יצא If he came in alone, he goes out alone. —Sh’mos 21:3 Once upon a time, Yiddish-speaking Jews coined the term “luftmentsh” to describe that...

Yisro: Keep Your Balance

By Rabbi Yossy Goldman What is the definition of a well-balanced individual? One who has a chip on both shoulders! This week we read the Ten Commandments. The great Revelation at...

Bloom on Parashat Yitro: The Desert’s Advantage

By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa’aretz Institute “Whoever prophesied did so either in Eretz Yisrael or concerning Eretz Yisrael … Jeremiah’s prophecy was . He prophesied in the portion of Egypt...

Bloom on Parashat Bo: The Encounter Of Human With Divine

  By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa’aretz Institute Wedding Preparations Our parashah highlights how both G-d and the Jewish People take steps to draw closer to one another, like a groom and bride...

Bloom on Va’eira: The Fifth Term Of Redemption

By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa’aretz Institute “I will bring you into the land which I swore to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and I will give it to you...

Bloom on Parashat Sh’mot: The Land Of Diversity

By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa’aretz Institute “I have come down to rescue them from the Egyptians and to bring them out of that land to a good and spacious land,...

From Where I Stand: Vayechi, Immortality

By Rabbi Yossy Goldman He expired and was gathered unto his people. –Bereishis 49:33 A book’s title reflects the theme of the book. Likewise, the titles of our parashiyos should be accurate...

Insights on the Torah on Parashat Vayechi: Brothers, But Different

By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa’aretz Institute “Simeon and Levi are brothers; their weapons are a stolen craft. Let not my soul be included in their council, let not my being...

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Israeli food manufacturer Osem Group has opened a new manufacturing facility for its peanut butter-flavored puffed corn snack Bamba. With the new facility, Osem...

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