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Shekalim and Zachor
Shekalim and Zachor On each of the Shabbasos of the month of Adar we read a special Parsha. Based on that each the Shabbasos has a special designation. Even the Shabbos that we do not have read one o
Pesach – The Divided Hallel at Night
Pesach – The Divided Hallel at NightOne of the anomalies of the Hagadah is the division of Hallel where two Perakim are said before the meal and the rest after. This division of Hallel brings up a nu
Parshas VaYikra – Chometz, Fruit, and Salt
Parshas VaYikra – Chometz, Fruit, and Salt This week we begin Sefer Toras Cohanim, the Halachos of the Cohanim, with the reading of VaYikra. This year (5778) it is also Shabbos Rosh Chodesh Nissan,
Halachos and Thoughts of Davening during Quarantine
Halachos and Thoughts of Davening during Quarantine I remember (and still have) a pamphlet of The Laws of Shabbat During War from during the Gulf War in Israel in 1991, which Rav Neuwirth of the Sh
When Dovid Fell Before Hashem (at a Time of Plague)
When Dovid Fell Before Hashem (at a Time of Plague) It is not my place to give Mussar, All I am trying to do is explain a Pasuk that it is part of Tefila. It is found in Tachanun, and is a Pasuk at
The Dove and Raven- Parshas Noach
The end of the Mabul is when HaShem commands Noach to leave the Teivah. But Noach desires to know when the waters have receded and the land is dry. Just as when the world was created, the waters need
Adam’s First Wife – Lilith- Parshas Bereishis
There are a number of places in Chazal, where there is a reference to a consort of Adam before the Chavah of the Written Torah. Sometimes she is referred to as ‘The First Chava’ ; and sometimes sh
Sefer HaTorah, Zeh and Zohs -- Parshas Nitzavim
This week’s Parsha is a continuation of the Bris of Klal Yisroel. The Torah writes , “If there is someone who will think that the Bris does not apply to them, HaShem will single him out for punish
To Toil in Torah - Parshas Ki Tavo
At the end of this week’s Parsha, Moshe regathers the people. In those Pesukim Moshe says, “And HaShem did not give you a heart to understand, eyes to see, ears to hear, until this day.” What is
The Hair and Nails of the Yefas Toar - Parshas Ki Teze
This week’s Parsha concludes the Halakhos of war. It teaches us the procedure of a soldier who captures an Eishes Yfas Toar, the captive he can then marry. Many clarifications are brought to explain
Meat in the Midbar and In Eretz - Parshas Reeh Yisroel.
As Moshe Rabbeinu continues his soliloquy to Klal Yisrael in Sefer Devarim, more Halachos are introduced that emphasize the transition from the Midbar to Eretz Yisroel. One of the more dramatic diffe
The Missing Gibor - Parshas Eikev
This week’s Parsha contains a number of sections that are integral to Tefilah. The most famous is the second paragraph of Shema. But we also find part of the first Bracha of Shemoneh Esreh – HaGadol
The Lightest Mitzvoth - Parshas Eikev
This week’s Parsha begins with the Pasuk, “And it shall come to pass, since you listen to these laws, and guard and do them, that HaShem your God shall keep with you the covenant and the mercy which
The Language of Canaan - Parshas Devarim and Tisha B’Av –
This week we begin Sefer Devarim, the Book of Words. What are these words that the Sefer is made up of? The obvious and correct answer is the continuation of the Pasuk, “That Moshe spoke”. This Sefer
The Haste of Bnei Reuven and Gad Parshas Matos Massei –
There are many difficulties in understanding the manner that Reuven, Gad, and half the Shevet of Menashe acquire their portion in Eretz Yisroel. But in the discussion that takes place between Moshe a
Moshe’s Notebook - Parshas Massei
The name of this week’s Parsha introduces us to one of the salient points that is being taught; the journeys and encampments of Klal Yisroel through the desert. Many explanations are said as to why t
The Transition from Moshe to Yehoshua - Parshas Pinchas
In Sefer Bamidbar we travel from Har Sinai till Ever HaYarden, the entrance to Eretz Yisroel. In Pinchas, Klal Yisroel is encamped at the border of Eretz Yisroel, and the generation who are to enter
The Battle against Midian - Parshas Balak
In this week’s Parsha we learn about the battle between Klal Yisroel and an alliance of two nations, Moav and Midian. But if we follow the Pesukim, there are times when the confrontation is with bot
Parshas Chukas – The Passing of Miriam
This week’s Parsha takes us from the end of the generation that left Mitzrayim , to the beginning of the conquest of Eretz Yisrael, the land of Sichon and Og. As part of this journey, we also lea
Parshas Korach – Their Portion of the Tamid
In this Parsha we learn about the Machlokes that Korach and his congregation have with Moshe. Moshe exerts super human efforts to forestall the consequences of their rebellion, and humbles himself t
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