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About yisraelmedad

I am a revenant, that is, a Jew who has returned to his historical homeland. I live in Shiloh, the pre-monarchy capital of the Israel tribal federation where I have lived with my family since 1981. I have been in Israel since 1970. Previously, I have worked in the Knesset, as a parliamentary aide, in Government, as an advisor to a Minister and Deputy-Minister, as director of Israel’s Media Watch and at present, as Director of Information Resources at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center.

A Vision Was What Was Required

Why was Moshe Rabeinu punished for striking the rock, rather than speaking to it? And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying: ‘Take the rod, and assemble the congregation, thou, and Aaron thy brother, and speak ye unto the rock before … Continue reading

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Out of Order But In Order

This past week’s parshah, that of Korach, Numbers 16, presented me with a problem. I wished to say a dvar Torah at the table of Dr. Sophie Simons here at Shiloh, but was stumped. The parsha starts off so: 1 … Continue reading

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Bring In The Seder Early

The Talmud at Tractate Pesachim 108b-109a relates that we distribute to them [children] parched ears of corn and nuts on the eve of Passover, so that they should not fall asleep, and ask [the ‘questions’]. It was related of R. Akiba … Continue reading

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Tuna for Passover

Pesach is a complicated and complex holiday. We do not sacrifice a lamb, although we should and actually could and at least practice for the event. But we do banish chometz and any and all manner of leavened bread and grains. … Continue reading

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Dvar Torah on Parshat Ki Tissa

This Shabbat my wife and I were luncheon guests at Ilana and David B’s table and this is a summary reworking of my Dvar Torah. I first mentioned that the whole series of instructions we have been reading these past … Continue reading

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Aryeh as an Acronym

As the Shelah HaKadosh, Rabbi Yeshayah Horowitz, records in his “Two Tablets of the Law“, The period of Ellul through to Hoshanna Rabba is suggested by the word Aryeh – אריה – in the verse “The lion has roared, who … Continue reading

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