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Chukim, Mishaptim and Ice Cream

Chukim and mishpatim are two kinds of mitzvot given in the Torah.  A chok (decree) is something that man cannot understand and no reason is provided.  A mishpat (judgement) has a logical reason behind it that man can understand.  Rashi (Vaykira 18:4) gives eating pig and shatnez as examples of chukim and the law against stealing and murdering as examples of mishpatim. I heard

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The Famous Abba’s Chinuch Podcast Series: Chukat 5774

The Famous Abba is honored to share with you this week’s Chinuch Podcast from Rabbi Zvi Sobolofsky. Rabbi Sobolofsky is a Rosh Yeshiva at Yeshiva University.  In addition, he also serves as the spiritual leader of Congregation Ohr HaTorah in Bergenfield, New Jersey.  Rabbi Sobolofsky lectures at the Bergen County Beis Medrash Program (BCBM) housed at Congregation Bnai Yeshurun in Teaneck, New Jersey.  He is the author

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Parsha Korach 5774

Rabbi Moshe Tzvi Weinberg We are excited to share with you the first podcast in our new Chinuch Podcast Series. Rabbi Moshe Tzvi Weinberg currently teaches in Yeshiva University’s Irving I. Stone Beit Midrash Program (SBMP), where he also serves as Mashgiach Ruchani. The Famous Abba’s Chinuch Podcast Series provides you with shiurim, in 5 minutes or less, on an area of chinuch related to the parsha or yom

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A Thought on Parsha Shelach

I remember hearing (though I forget the source) that one should pay careful attention to the language in chapter 13, verse 33. The maraglim considered themselves like grasshoppers, therefore, the giants also considered the maraglim like grasshoppers. On our drive to school this morning, I discussed with our children how important it is to have a positive perception of yourself because others will judge

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The countdown to Har Sinai