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Harry Rothenberg
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As his accent suggests, Harry Rothenberg is originally from Philadelphia and still spends too much time rooting for its sports teams. A 1988 graduate of Columbia College and a 1993 graduate of Harvard Law School, magna cum laude, Harry now lives in northern New Jersey with his wife and children. As an attorney, Harry is a tireless advocate on behalf of victims of catastrophic injury. His firm, the Rothenberg Law Firm LLP, is one of the leading personal injury law firms in the United States, with offices in New York City, Philadelphia, Hackensack, Cherry Hill, and Lakewood. For more about Harry, his firm, his family, and their extraordinary successes on behalf of victims of injury, see or

Harry is equally passionate about lecturing on Jewish topics, particularly to audiences that did not have the same opportunity that he had to study for 3 years in Israel at Ohr Somayach yeshiva. He has delivered his dynamic lectures across the world to college and graduate students and at synagogues and conventions. His newest project, Harry's Blog, highlights a passage or a section from the weekly Torah portion or upcoming holiday in order to extract lessons in an easily-accessible and entertaining, yet also thought-provoking fashion. Past videos can be viewed at

Harry's Blog is filmed on behalf of Partners in Torah, an organization that offers a unique phone study program to Jewish adults of all backgrounds across North America. This is a free opportunity to discover Judaism – its culture, history, and traditions – at one's own pace and schedule. Jewish men and women with an interest in acquiring specific skills or who simply want to build on their Jewish knowledge-base, are matched, one-to-one, with a carefully selected personal Torah trainer or “mentor” for up to an hour a week of over-the-phone study and discussion. Participants can choose any topic - including Hebrew, Jewish philosophy, Talmud or history. In its close to two decades of operation, Partners in Torah has engaged more than 51,000 intellectually curious Jewish adults, and currently supports over 4,600 weekly study partnerships (over 9,000 individuals). In addition to making Jewish knowledge accessible to Jews no matter where they live, Partners in Torah aims to foster unity among Jews of all backgrounds and denominations. For more information, visit

Entries by Harry Rothenberg

Missing Jacob: Parshat Vayishlach

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2015 | 10:48 PM

Jacob finally returns to Israel but then he waits 2 years before heading to his parents' home. Why did he delay?

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Stack the Odds: Yom Kippur

(0) Comments | Posted September 21, 2015 | 9:07 PM

How do we increase our chances for a good judgment on Yom Kippur?

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I Don't Roll On Shabbos

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2015 | 4:44 PM

Unplug yourself on Shabbos

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Goosebumps: Parshat Yisro

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2015 | 4:24 PM

The Torah uses an unusual word to tell us that Moses' father-in-law, Yisro, rejoiced upon hearing the details of the Exodus. Why; and what relevance does this still have for us today?

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Twins: Parshat Toldot

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2014 | 3:28 PM

The twins, Jacob and Esav, grow up together then go their separate ways. But could things have been different?

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Gone With the Wind: Sukkot

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 11:59 PM

Why do we head outside on Sukkot so soon after Yom Kippur?

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Plain Vanilla: Yom Kippur

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2014 | 9:13 PM

Just how sophisticated should our game plan be for Yom Kippur?

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Heavy Lifting: Parshat Ki Tavo

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 8:23 PM

Heavy lifting is not just for building muscle.

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Show Me the Money: Parshat Re'eh

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 3:40 PM

Say you have fulfilled your obligation to give charity. But now a friend approaches you for a loan. What is your obligation and why is it so important?

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Get Rich Quick: Parshat Eikev

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 2:02 AM

G-d commands us to say the Grace After Meals. But it's not merely a command, rather, it's a recipe -- for success.

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Can We All Get Along?: Tisha B'Av

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2014 | 3:58 PM

Someday, the Ninth of Av will change from a day of destruction to a day of celebration. How can we speed up the process?

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Operation Protective Edge: Parshat Mattot

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 6:43 PM

Moses grants permission to the tribes of Reuven and Gad to settle outside Israel, on the East Bank. But he makes them promise to fight alongside the other tribes in the upcoming war. Are we keeping that promise?

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Sin City: Parshat Pinchas

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 5:53 PM

Pinchas saved the day when he put an end to the forbidden relationship between the Jewish tribal leader, Zimri and the Midianite woman, Cozbi. But who was Cozbi, and what was her mission?

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A Taste of His Own Medicine: Parshat Balak

(0) Comments | Posted July 4, 2014 | 4:31 AM

Bilam tries to curse the Jews, but G-d has other plans.

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#BringBackOurBoys: Parshat Chukat

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 3:35 PM

The Jewish people fail to cry when Miriam dies. How do we respond when tragedy strikes?

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Sympathy For the Devil: Parshat Korach

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 10:04 AM

The earth swallows up Korach and his followers after their rebellion and they descend into "hell." When they arrive, do they meet the devil? And is hell an actual place?

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Beyond the Fringe: Parshat Shelach

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 2:32 PM

The spies sin at the beginning of the Torah portion, and the Torah uses a linguistic connection to teach us not to stray after our own spies. It's the tzitzit on our garments that help us restrain ourselves.

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Upon Further Review: Shavuot

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 2:58 PM

On the holiday of Shavuot, we read the story of Ruth, which teaches us that hindsight gives us the clarity to interpret prior events and intentions -- for better or worse.

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Camping Out: Parshat Bamidbar

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2014 | 2:53 PM

The Jewish people are separated into camps, tribes, and families. But G-d makes sure to send the message that each person is important as an individual as well.

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Leading Off: Parshat Emor

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2014 | 10:42 AM

What does the word antelapsarian mean? And what does it have to do with Kohanim (priests)?

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