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Death is Critical to Life | Parashat Ha’Azinu

“… Once a year, Jewish tradition asks us to face our own mortality and to recall what is truly important in our lives – to focus on our connection to one another, on compassion and love”.
Ayala Dekel, a teacher and educator at BINA’s secular Yeshiva, discusses this week’s Torah portion, Parashat Ha’Azinu
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Life and Death | Parashat Nitzavim

“Parashat Nitzavim, always comes around during the run up to Rosh Hashanah. The parasha contains the fundamental and foundational concepts of Jewish belief.” Eran Baruch, BINA’s Executive Director, shares his thoughts on this week’s parasha, equality and freedom of choice. […]

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Go Ahead, Curse | Parshat Ki Tavo

Yael Dinur, BINA’s Marketing and Communication Manager, on this week's Torah portion and what it teaches about facing the consequences of our action […]

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פרשת ראה

See in Order to Choose | Parashat Re’eh

Parashat Re’eh encourages us to consider how we, as individuals and as a society, can cross the symbolic Jordan River to reach the Promised Land…” Yael Hirsh Biderman, BINA’s Director of Human Resource, discusses this week’s Torah portion and what it teaches about the intricate system of giving and receiving. […]

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Circumcise Your Heart | Parashat Eikev

“Following the holidays of Tisha B’av and Tu B’av we read parashat Eikev, which encourages us to explore the relationship between the elements of judgement and love that we hold within us.” Nir Braudo, BINA’s Deputy Director, discusses parashat Eikev and what it means to “circumcise your heart.” […]

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פרשת ואתחנן, כבד את אביך ואת אימך, עשרת הדיברות

Challenge Your Father and Mother | Parshat Va'etchanan

Ayala Dekel, educator and facilitator at the BINA Secular Yeshiva in Tel Aviv, explores parashat Va'etchanan and the meaning of this famous commandment. […]

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After War Song | Parashat Matot-Masei

Ayala Dekel, BINA educator and facilitator, discusses Parashat Matot-Masei fourteen years after the Second Lebanon War.
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To Learn From Tzelophechad’s Daughters | Parashat Pinchas

Dear friends, those who love Miriam and cherish her memory – once again, we reach the parasha marking Miriam’s death. We gather here to remember Miriam’s life and to mourn her death in “Kadesh”, somewhere near the streets of Petra. I would like to share the following words: […]

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פרשת שבוע, מרים, חוקת

Eulogy for Miriam | Parashat Chukat

Dear friends, those who love Miriam and cherish her memory – once again, we reach the parasha marking Miriam’s death. We gather here to remember Miriam’s life and to mourn her death in “Kadesh”, somewhere near the streets of Petra. I would like to share the following words: […]

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How to Manage a Healthy Dispute and Stop an Epidemic | Parashat Korach

What makes one dispute a 'heavenly dispute' and another a 'non-heavenly dispute'? Nir Braudo, BINA's Deputy Director, discusses parashat Korach and the commentaries' answer to how to manage a healthy disagreement. […]

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פרשת שבוע, בהעלותך, שח

Illuminating the Margins | Parashat BeHa'alotcha

lluminated Margins – BINA executive director Eran Baruch, shares his thoughts on parashat BeHa'alotcha and current events. […]

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Parashat Behar-Bechukotai | There will be good, there will be bad

How do we motivate people? Carrot or stick? Instil fear or inspire? Yuval Linden, director of BINA Gap Year programs, discusses this week's parasha, Behar-Bechukotai, and leadership during complicated times […]

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פרשת שבוע, אמור, מגדר

The Priest’s Daughter | Parashat Emor

Who is pure, and who is impure? Who gets to dwell inside the camp, and who must stay away? Yael Hirsch-Biderman, BINA's Director of HR, in this week's double-parsha, leads us through questions about ritual purity in the age of COVID-19, what it means to be cast out of the camp – and the cost in returing to our routines. […]

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פרשת שבוע, תזריע מצורע, קורונה

Who’s Inside and Who’s Outside | Parashat Tazria – Metzora

Who is pure, and who is impure? Who gets to dwell inside the camp, and who must stay away? Yael Hirsch-Biderman, BINA's Director of HR, in this week's double-parsha, leads us through questions about ritual purity in the age of COVID-19, what it means to be cast out of the camp – and the cost in returing to our routines. […]

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Alien Fire | Parashat Shemini

What happens when our leaders don't play by the rules? In this week's Torah portion, Shemini, BINA CEO Eran Baruch tells about dire consequences when leaders fail to act in exemplary fashion, and how, as we battle a global pandemic, we need our leaders to act with discipline and restraint, now more than ever. […]

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המכינה הקדם צבאית של בינ"ה מסייעת לחקלאים בעיצומו של משבר הקורונה

Fire on Our Face | Parshat Tzav

Passover in the time of Coronavirus reminds us the importance of personal and collective responsibility. In this week's Parashat Hashavua, Maayan Arzi-Melinarski reminds us of the inherent tension between the priests and the prophets, teaching us that, in these strange days, our task to build a just society takes precedence over ceremony and ritual. […]

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Why Should We Care? | Parshat Vayikra

What do the laws of ritual sacrifice outlined in the Torah have to teach us about being quarantined? In this week's Parashat Hashavua, Avraham Eisen reflects on equality before the law, equality before pandemics, and what the values behind ancient practices that still have lessons for us today. […]

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Unite or Die | Parshat Vayakhel – Pekudei

This week’s Parsha is made up of two separate and consecutive Torah portions – Vayakhel and Pekudei. It’s ironic that Parshat Vayakhel (‘he convened’) comes at a time when all public meetings have been forbidden in an attempt to halt the spread of the coronavirus. […]

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What Leads Your Shopping Cart? | Parashat Ki Tisa

What kind of grocery shopper are you? Do you flip over the box and check out the nutritional information and indgredients, or just toss it in the cart? This week's Parasha, Ki Tisa, makes it clear that we should be reading the box carefully. Yael Dinur on Judaism, food, and how it got to our dinner tables. […]

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What do Super Tuesday and Shabbat Zachor have in common?

On the Shabbat before Purim, it is customary to add a reading to the weekly Parsha that is called, “Parshat Zachor.” The reason behind this tradition is hidden in a verse from the added parsha, “Remember what Amalek did to you.” This verse, now linked to Purim, is an echo that reminds us of how the Amalek lineage eventually begets the evil Haman.  […]

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