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Annie Siegal’s Bat Mitzvah Project

For her bat mitzvah project, Annie and her friend Rachel made a video to raise awareness about child marriages and child brides and posted it on YouTube under the name 2girls4change. Please use this link, or search in YouTube under ‘2girls4change,’ to share the video with your friends — Annie would like to reach as wide an audience as possible with her message.

י״ח בסיון ה׳תשע״ד (June 16, 2014)|Categories: kirs, KIRS Blog|

KIRS Divrei Torah Parashat Behar

During the Spring 5774 semester, many KIRS students wrote mini-Dvar Torahs: Divrei Torahs, or sermon-ettes. This entry is by Sam Roffman and Andrew Cubell for Parashat Behar. 5/8 Parashat Behar - Sam Roffman and Andrew Cubell This week's Torah portion is Behar-Bechukotai. One thing we had about is every 49 years, a Jubilee is to be celebrated. One question I had is why every 49 years? Rashi said that the reason for the sabbatical year is to give the land time to rest. I learned what the reason for the sabbatical year is.

ח׳ באייר ה׳תשע״ד (May 8, 2014)|Categories: kirs, KIRS Blog|

KIRS Divrei Torah Parashat Shmini

During the Spring 5774 semester, many KIRS students wrote mini-Dvar Torahs: Divrei Torahs, or sermon-ettes. These entries are by Ben Isakoff and Max Grossman for Parashat Shmini. 3/20 Parashat Shmini - Ben Isakoff & Max Grossman There are at least two important parts this week's Torah portion 1) Aaron's sons die and 2) Eating Foods becomes a part of holiness for the Jewish tradition. Ben Isakoff Aaron's two sons die in a fire because they make an uncommanded fire. Moses tells Aaron and his remaining sons not to mourn the sons death. The dangers of extra is obvsiously burning in a fire or doing so much you simply don't do the original question. My question is why did the sons that made the fire do it without a command? My answer is that they were thirsty and forgot logic and they thought there were more important than Gd. Max Grossman God tells Aaron and Moses instructions to make a sacrifice on the altar. Later God tells them the laws of what to eat and what not to eat. One of the reasons to keep kosher is that if you have a friend who keeps kosher, they will be able to eat at your house. But if you don't want to keep kosher, you should at least have decent, good healthy food at your house that is kosher. Cake and granola bar aren't good enough because they aren't healthy, which is respectful of my friends.

י״ח באדר ב׳ ה׳תשע״ד (March 20, 2014)|Categories: kirs, KIRS Blog|

KIRS Divrei Torah – Parshat Tzav 

During the Spring 5774 semester, many KIRS students wrote mini-Dvar Torahs: Divrei Torahs, or sermon-ettes. This entry is byAudrey Gurock for Parshat Tzav. 3/13 Parshat Tzav Audrey Gurock This Parsha takes place directly after the events of Vayikra. It continues to describe the sacrifices already mentioned in Vayikra. It also tells us of Aaron and his sons’ ordination to become priests of the sanctuary. Parashat Tzav contains two important themes: 1. Finding meaning in seemingly obsolete traditions 2. The holiness of blood. Many interpreters of Torah notice that the duties of the priests are very ordinary tasks. Could it be that the most important religious deeds are to be found in the most ordinary and even menial tasks? It could be! Think about washing your hands. You just do it and don’t give much of a thought, right? Well, it’s an important part of Shabbat! So, if a task as simple as washing your hands is considered holy and religious then just imagine how much some bigger deeds are worth! The End!!!

י״א באדר ב׳ ה׳תשע״ד (March 13, 2014)|Categories: kirs, KIRS Blog|