Introduction to the weekly parsha

sorotzkinWe all have our eye-opening mundane favorites in the earthly garden of ocular delights that we inhabit (two of my eyeful trifles — since you asked — are, from the Canadian Rockies and South Africa, respectively, a lake and an actress:  the lovely Louise and the charming Charlize).

Yet if you lend your ears to the spiritual side of things (audition being the forerunner of cognition), no less stunningly stimulating pleasure is yours to favor — and savor.  I stress Aears because of the subject of my weekly byline in this flyer for the coming year (beginning with the beginning of the Torah), with the help of God and the Blums:  Oznaim LaTorah (literally, Aears to the Torah, the magnum opus of Rabbi Zalman Zorotzkin (1881-1966).

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About our Rabbi

rb1Rabbi Gedalyah Berger received his semikhah (ordination) from Yeshiva University‘s affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary in 1998.  He graduated in 1994 from Yeshiva College with a B.A. in physics, and studied for three years at Yeshivat Har Etzion in Israel under the tutelage of HaRav Aharon Lichtenstein shlita. Along with his duties at Fleetwood Synagogue, he serves on the faculty of the Graduate Program for Women in Advanced Talmudic Studies at YU, and as a sho’el u-meshiv (teaching assistant) at RIETS.

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