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Well the US elections have come and gone. The country known as “a kingdom of kindness” has voted in a leader, Barack Hussein Obama, and praise Hashem with no violence.

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I just watched a film taken two weeks after "Sandy.'It describes the status in Far Rockaway.

as one Yid says,'after the Holocaust , our parents picked themselves up.They were not myaesh; they didn't give up.

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Montreal, December 3, 2012. When I lived in Jerusalem, on the way to my weekly Torah class I would walk along a street named “Kaf-tet be-november”, or “November 29”. The name commemorates an event that happened at the United Nations sixty-five years ago. This may appear surprising since most Israelis are nowadays rather dismissive of the United Nations. The current Prime Minister refers to the U.N. as a "theater of the absurd" and "a place of darkness” for his country. Israel has chosen to ignore dozens of U.N. resolutions calling for a return of Palestinian refugees and a withdrawal from the territories conquered in 1967.

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In this week's Parshah of “Vayakhel & Pekudai”, we have actually two twin Parshahs and we read both of them this Shabbos. This phenomenon occurs at occasional intervals throughout the year. The obvious question is why this arrangement and what triggers a double-Parshah?

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In this week's Parshah of “TAZRIA-METZORA” we find (13’ 32’) one of the verses containing an intentional oversized letter; a ‘GIMMEL’ in the word “V’hisgalach. This is not some arbitrary misprint, indeed we see in Talmud Nedarim 37b, and Kedushin 30a that even the purposefully varied spellings, and intentional deviation of spelling vs. pronunciations are traditions received at the giving of the Torah, and transmitted via the unique system of oral tradition of our holy Torah. Besides the oversized letters, we also have undersized letters, and occasional dots placed above some letters. Truth be said, this understanding of the Torah, only works in conjunction with the idea that our Torah is Divine and inviolate. The Sages say that every letter in the Torah represents a spark and Neshomah (holy soul) of Jews, each one unique. It is an essential core belief that the Torah was Divinely issued, and accurately transmitted throughout the generations. It may be fascinating to note, that during the dark ages, when the world descended into an abyss, there were two areas of world Jewry, one in eastern Europe, and one in the Middle East including Spain and Northern Africa. Although these two cultures were virtually incommunicado to each other, never the less over the duration of a millennium, the Torah scrolls of each, when matched up, were nearly identical to each other, down to the last letter.

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In this week’s double Parshah of “Achrei-Kedoshim” we read the Haftorah belonging to Parshah Achrei; namely the last 10 verses of AMOS (code of Jewish law O”C 428’8”). This is atypical in two ways. First, in case of twin Parshahs, we normally read the Haftorah of the last Parshah and here it is the Haftorah of the first, and secondly the Haftorah is meant to be at least 21 verses and ours is only 10.

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