I'm not saying it's a good thing to say Hashem has a literal hand. But Rashi on Shmos says "yad mamash" so it seems the person giving that dvar torah was simply giving over what Rashi says on a literal level. Also, i've been misquoted too many times by my own students to be certain that this girl's rabbi actually said her friend died of cancer because they didn't daven hard enough. It's always a risk that when I teach, I will teach with poisoned waters and those who drink from it will suffer, and the Torah will be distorted.
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The shortest Parshah in the Torah, Vayelech, is introduced as Moshe comforts the Jews regarding his impending death, as he was about to die at the age of years, Moshe called his successor, Yehoshua, and honored him in the presence of all the Jews and clothed him in royal attire, seated him on his own chair and placed the crown on his head and in turn all the Jews accepted Yehoshua as their new leader, as he was to take them over the Jordan river into Israel Devarim This alone earned him the respect of Klal Yisrael! He was very much a man that loved the Jewish nation Eruvin 22b. The righteous King Agrippa, always stood while reading the Torah, the sages gave him much praise for this act Sota Moshe then petitioned to Hashem so that his death decree would be annulled, however it was to no avail as he was about to die.
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Once upon a time maf and haf — maftir and haftarah — used to be the standard requirements for a barmitzvah. A Reform rabbi in Florida, who has spoken here in Limmuds past, he has taken a particular interest in the ceremony celebrated by most mainstream synagogue youth; it was the subject of his first book, Putting God on the Guest List, published more than 20 years ago. For every sidrah, he gives a synopsis of its main themes, two sample divrei Torah and, perhaps most importantly, a suggested list of questions on how to connect the Torah portion with contemporary issues. He does not shy away from difficult topics such as the relationship of Judah and Tamar — an interlude within the story of Joseph — or the commandment for the children of Israel to destroy the Midianites.
May 21 10 Sivan Torah Portion. Aish HaTorah Israel Programs. Imagine someone walking into your dining room at this moment. With kiddush and ha-motzi complete, how would that person know that this meal was more than just a nice dinner party?