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The Garden Was There. Not Eden – Parashat Shelach

Spies or messengers? Full of promise or impending disaster? In this week’s parasha, BINA guest writer Ran Oron explores the story of those sent ahead to gather information on the promised land. How do we understand the message of their story in their time and in ours? […]

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Your people are our people and we are your people: Article for Shavuot / Gili Dvash Yeshurun

Gili Dvash Yeshurun takes a look at Megillat Ruth and sees the parallel between Ruth’s experience finding her footing as a displaced person and how her community helps her gain a sense of belonging. This Shavuot, how will holiday celebration traditions be maintained, evolve, or change? […]

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My Mother Baked the Whole World For Me – Parshat Emor

My parents’ house in Omer. Every Shabbat evening my grandmother would light Shabbat candles on the tea cart that stood between the kitchen and the dining room. Perfumed. Her white hair combed back. She brought her palms together, covered her face. Closed her eyes and blessed. The house became silent. Listened. […]

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Parshat Shmini -A Silent Minute for the Bird

Parashat Shmini is named after the day on which the dedication of the Tabernacle reached its climax. After a week of precise and detailed preparations, Aaron and his sons bring the divine presence into the Tabernacle. At that height of the moment, a great tragedy occurs. The young priests Nadab and Abihu, the two chosen sons of Aaron the priest, sin in forbidden work and disobey the laws of the sacred service. They are punished for their actions and die. […]

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God Is In The Details – Parshat “Tetzaveh”

“Torah shows us that the truth, both the divine and ours, is found in our faith in the power of the connection of opposites.” This week’s parashah explores the power in the connection of opposites. Ran Oron, reminds us that “In these days of turmoil in our hearts we must insist on the power of connection.” […]

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Tips for the IDF Reservist After 126 Days at War By Yuval Linden

  What a series of intense, wild events! Every time that you think things are calming down and you’ll have … […]

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And he said to the people, “Be ready for the third day: [the men among] you should not go near a woman.” Exodus 19:15

Ayala Deckel, Head of the BINA Secular Yeshiva, reflects on In this week’s portion, Yitro, we reach a dramatic moment in our formation as a people: receiving the Ten Commandments – the value base of our nation, our moral compass… […]

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What We Can Learn From Miriam About Leadership During Times of Crisis

BINA contributor and supporter, Ran Oron, discusses what we can learn about leadership from Miriam during the exodus of Israelites from Egypt in this week’s Torah portion. […]

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On the Hardening and Strengthening of Hearts | Parshat Vaera | Elliot Vaisrub Glasenberg

What can we learn from the story of Pharaoh and the hardening of his heart in our day and time? Read more in this week’s edition of BINA’s commentary on the weekly Torah portion, this time by BINA educator Elliot Vaisrub Glassenberg on Parashat Vaera >>> […]

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These Are the Names – Parashat Shemot | Ayala Deckel

Ayala Deckel, Head of the BINA Secular Yeshiva, reflects on the connections between this week’s Torah portion – Parashat Shemot (which literally means “Names”), and the names and stories of the the fallen and the captives in the Israel-Gaza war. Click to read this week’s edition of BINA’s commentary on the weekly Torah Portion >>> […]

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“All human actions are founded upon dreams and their end too is a dream”* | Parashat Miketz

In this week’s edition of BINA’s commentary on Parashat Hashavua (the weekly Torah portion), Nir Braudo, Executive Director of BINA, explores what we can learn from the Joseph story as we dream and work for the release of those held captive in Gaza. Shabbat Shalom. […]

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The measure of heroism and the measure of kindness || Yuval Linden

Yuval Linden describes his experience with the historical debate of “Do we light a menorah according to Shamai or Hillel?” We invite you to read and see how this age-old debate played out in a modern way, and what was the final decision of Yuval’s army unit was on how to light their menorah this Hanukkah. […]

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“Together We Will Prevail?” | Parashat Vayishlach

What exactly do we mean by “prevail”? Over who or what exactly will we prevail? What would that look like? How will we know that we have indeed “prevailed”? When will we know? And is war even something in which anyone can truly “prevail” or “win” or “be victorious”? How does this relate to Parashat Vayishlach? […]

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Parshat Vayetze | Gili Dvash Yeshurun

I feel a little bit like Jacob right now. I’m turning to the heavens and requesting from his holiness or God or karma to prove itself. Come and show yourself to me. Come and prove that you are on our side. Send me signals that the good will overcome the evil, the conniving, the conspiracies, and the hardnesses of the heart. […]

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Kabbalat Shabbat these last weeks – an Interview with Vered Avidan

This week, Marcie Yoselevsky, External Relations Associate at BINA speaks with Vered Avidan about leading Kabbalat Shabbat these last weeks. […]

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Together We Will Prevail ” – Parshat Toldot Ayala Deckel – 2023 – 5784″

Parashat Toldot, presents a painful model of togetherness – “together we will prevail” is the togetherness of difference. Of those who recognize and give space to the differences among them and yet still are able to come together for common goals. […]

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The Magic of Purim | BINA

Ayala Deckel, the Head of BINA Secular Yeshiva, discusses the Book of Esther, the lessons we can learn from Esther and Vashti, and the concept of putting on a costume to change our persona. Why is Vashti looked down upon while Esther is praised? What lessons can we learn from Esther’s courage? How do Purim costumes connect with our everyday lives and self-discovery? […]

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