Where is Moshe?

The parshiyos that we are currently reading feature Moshe prominently in the story of the Exodus, the Red Sea and the time in the desert. It is fascinating to note, however,  that if you look through the Haggadah Moshe is just not there, he is not mentioned. He is mentioned in one place as an aside – coincidentally. Rav Yossi of Galilee was talking about how many plagues hit the ...

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Agricultural Ethics

Agricultural Ethics (Excerpt from Mordechai Becher’s book, Gateway to Judaism) Since the 15th of the month of Shevat is approaching, TuBishvat, the New Year of Trees, it is appropriate to discuss the laws pertaining to the Land of Israel.  Israel’s agricultural products are considered holy, therefore there are special laws that apply to them.  The most well-known, was the obligation in Biblical and Temple times to take tithes, to separate a ...

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Shevat and the Land of Israel

Now that we are in the month of Shevat, approaching the 15th of Shevat, TU Bishvat, I think it is appropriate to discuss some of the laws of the land of Israel. For the first three years after a tree is planted, the fruit is known as orlah, and it may not be eaten, it is rather left for birds and other animals to eat.  The fruit of the fourth year ...

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