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A Message from Rabbi Gidon Goldberg, Head of School

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Dear Parents,

This week’s parshah has a greater miracle than the Chanukah oil. The שמן המשחה used to anoint and sanctify Aharon and his sons is described as: "... oil of sacred anointment for your generations." Rashi explains that the original המשחה שמן that Moshe made would remain intact in its entirety לעתיד לבא! When the...

A Message from Rabbi Gidon Goldberg, Head of School

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Dear Parents,

This week, I spoke with the children about the bells that the כהן גדול wore on the bottom of the מעיל. The posuk requires "… the sound (of the bells) shall be heard when he enters the קדש …” The Gemoro relates that Rabbi Yehoshua derived a law of derech eretz from these bells. Just as the bells...

A Message from Rabbi Gidon Goldberg, Head of School

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Dear Parents,

What is the purpose of a crown? The ארון קודש, the מזבח הזהב, and the שלחן all have one aspect in common - each vessel is adorned with a gold crown - כתר זהב. The command to make this “crown” for the שלחן, the table that holds the לחם הפנים, uses a term that describes the function of the crown "ומתגרתו סביב.” The crown is...

A Message from Rabbi Gidon Goldberg, Head of School

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Dear Parents,

After Matan Torah, Hashem asked Moshe to re-ascend the mountain. The wording, “Ascend to Me, to the mountain, and be there” seems superfluous. Rabbi Yechezkel of Kuzmir asked, “Why was it necessary to say, 'and be there’?" Of course, if Moshe were to ascend, he would be there!

A person is wherever...