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The New Calf

The Haftarah of this week’s Torah portion of Mishpatim is from the prophecy of Jeremiah (34:8-22, 33:25-26). It discusses the pact that Zedekiah, the last King of Judah, made with the leaders of the nation during the last days before Jerusalem was conquered. In the pact, the entire nation agreed to free their Jewish slaves and maidservants. Evidently the purpose ... Read More »

And Deborah Sang

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There is a lot to be learned from the poem of praise which Deborah wrote (Judges Chapter 5). Like every victory song, it teaches us that we should rejoice about a victory over the enemies of Israel. In addition, we should also be happy about the suffering of our enemies: “By the window she sat looking, and weeping, Sisera’s mother… ... Read More »

Kingdoms at War

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The main message of the Haftarah for this week’s portion (Ezekiel 28:25-29:21), aside from the discussion of the punishment that will befall Egypt which is similar to the plagues in the Torah portion, is the lesson it teaches us about international struggles. This includes the story of the rise and fall of various empires. In ancient times, the status of ... Read More »

Are we dreaming???

Replies to Some Comments about our Basic Video Shalom to all, Now that for the past few years we have been presenting to our readers the basic principles of the Noahide covenant between humanity and the Creator of the World, we would like to respond to several important comments that you have sent us. (1) Some people have complained about ... Read More »

Final Instructions

In this Haftarah (Kings I Chapter 2), King David teaches his son Solomon the essentials of how to manage a kingdom, as the ultimate example of the ideal government. There are six basic principles: Adopting good practices, the foundations of morality: “Be strong, and act like a man” [2:2]. The desired trait that is emphasized for a king is courage. ... Read More »

Testimony for the Entire World

This week’s Haftarah begins with the return to Zion and the ramifications of this event for all of humanity: “Be happy and joyful, daughter of Zion, for I am coming, and I will dwell within you – that is the declaration of G-d. And many nations will join together and come to G-d that day…” [Zechariah 2:14-15]. The end of ... Read More »

The Wisdom of Edom

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Based on a verse from this week’s Haftarah, our sages have taught us the following: “If a person tells you, ‘There is wisdom among other nations,’ believe it, as is written, ‘I will destroy the wise men from Edom and the understanding from Mount Sei’ir’ [Obadiah 1:8]. If he tells you, ‘There is Torah among other nations,’ do not believe, ... Read More »

“And as to Esau…”

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The words of the Elijah of Vilna [by his Hebrew acronym Gra (“HaGaon Rabbenu Eliyahu”)] about the first verses in this week’s Haftarah are quite surprising: “Is not Esau a brother to Jacob, and I have loved Jacob? But as to Esau I have hatred.” [Malachi 1:2-3]. Just at this place, where the passage emphasizes the differences between Israel and ... Read More »

Greetings from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israel, sent a greeting of encouragement to Brit Olam and the Noahides of the world on the occasion of the online conference marking Humanity Day (celebrated this year on November 8). Among other things, he wrote: “The activities of Brit Olam in support of Bnei Noach take their inspiration from a verse in Genesis, ‘All ... Read More »