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This week's parsha
Unless otherwise noted, "This week's Parsha" comprises articles taken from contributors to the Chabad.org website.  We show the original author's name here, so that proper attribution is given.  For the sake of brevity, footnotes cited in the original author's writings are omitted from this website.  If you need to see the citations, please refer to the original articles on the Chabad.org website.

Grandma's Worries PDF Print E-mail
Written by Shimon Posner   
Monday, 10 February 2014 00:00

Kenahora... Pu-Pu-Pu!

Why did Bubby, grandma, always say that? And does it really have to do with the evil eye? Is this evil eye a cousin of walking under ladders with black cats on a Friday the thirteenth? The answers, in order, are: Because she loved you. Yes, but with an explanation. No.

Kenahora, although everyone thinks is a Yiddish word is actually three words slurred together in Yinglish -- the vibrant language of Native Americans of the Lower East Side: kein, the Yiddish word for no or negating, ayin Hebrew for eye, and hara, Hebrew for Evil.

Now think back to when she used it: "Such a sheine punim, kenahora." "You've grown, kenahora." "He's making money hand over fist, kenahora." (you should only be so lucky)

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The Benefits of Anonymity PDF Print E-mail
Written by Levi Avtzon   
Monday, 03 February 2014 00:00

A few reasons why an author might choose to use a pseudonym:

  1. He's unsure whether the book will be successful, and doesn't want to risk ruining his name and reputation.
  2. The book divulges personal and sensitive information, and he doesn't want to walk down the street to meet the stares: "Oh, there goes the pathetic loser who was/did..."
  3. The work challenges some very powerful interests and the author would rather that they not know who he is...

Let me introduce you to a different anonymous writer: Moses.

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Colours in the Soul PDF Print E-mail
Written by Tali Loewenthal   
Monday, 27 January 2014 00:00

The world which G-d has created for us is very beautiful. One special feature is color: the blue sky and the deeper blue sea, green and brown hills, scarlet sunsets, the multi-colored rainbow and the myriad other colors which surround us at every step in our lives. Colors also have a spiritual significance. A clue to this idea is the way they appear in our Torah Reading, in the description of the making of the Sanctuary.

The Sanctuary, carefully built by Moses and the Jewish people after receiving the Torah at Mount Sinai, was the prototype of the Temple. Like the Temple in Jerusalem, it created a sacred space, with increasing levels of holiness: the outer Courtyard, then an enclosed chamber where there was the Golden Menorah, then the innermost chamber, the Holy of Holies, where there was the golden Ark, containing the two blocks of sapphire, engraved with the Ten Commandments, which Moses had brought down from Sinai.

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