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A Message from Rabbi Gidon Goldberg, Head of School

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Dear Parents,

There is an apparent redundancy in this posuk: ”ויאמר ה' אל משה אמר אל הכּהנים בּני אהרן ואמרת אלהם לנפש לא יטּמּא ”בעמיו. Say to the Kohanim, the sons of Aaron, and you shall say to them: for a [dead] person he shall not become tomei...”. It repeats the command ואמרת, “and you...

A Message from Rabbi Gidon Goldberg, Head of School

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Dear Parents,

הוכח תוכיח את עמיתך
It seems unusual that the word תוכחה is repeated for emphasis. Horav Dovid Feinstein ז‘‘ל suggests that the focus is not on the one who has done the aveiroh and is being reproved, but rather on the מוכיח - the one who is reproving. The repetition is conveying that one should first go...

A Message from Rabbi Gidon Goldberg, Head of School

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Dear Parents,

“You shall then count seven perfect (תמימות) weeks after the day following the (Pesach) …”

This moshal by the Dubno Maggid explains how counting sefirah helps us achieve תמימות:

There were two poor people who went door to door collecting tzedokoh. They begged together, and received...

A Message from Rabbi Gidon Goldberg, Head of School

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Dear Parents,

Shabbos Hagodol embodies the יסוד of why Pesach is so central to our lives. On Shabbos the Jews were commanded to get the lambs that they would bring as a Korban Pesach four days later. The bringing of the korban was a key element in the Jews being זוכה to leave Mitzrayim, as it forced them to actualize...