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Parshas Mishpatim – Splitting the Blood and the Half Shekel
This week’s Parsha is in between two momentous events; Matan Torah in Yisro, and the sin of the Eigel in Ki Tisa. Even though most of the Parsha does concern itself with Mishpatim – Laws- at the end
Parshas Yisro –Seeing the Sounds
This week’s Parsha is the recounting of Kabalas HaTorah. The events of that foundational experience of Klal Yisroel are indelibly inscribed in the Neshama of the nation. Therefore, we need to examine
Parshas Bo – The Final Three Makos
This week’s Parsha is the culmination of the first section of Shemos, the exodus from Egypt. The ten Makos are split between Parshas Va’Era, where we learn the first seven; and Bo, where we are taugh
Parshas VaEra – Veyadaber HaShem el Moshe Laimor
The most ubiquitous Pasuk in the Torah is, “And HaShem spoke to Moshe saying.” This Pasuk is also the frame of reference of the Torah; the Torah is taught by HaShem to Moshe, to then teach to the peo
Parshas Shemos – Houses of Cohen, Levi and Malchus
In this week’s Parsha we are taught about the antecedents of Kehuna, Leviya, and Malchus. When Pharaoh commands the midwives’ of Klal Yisroel to murder the male babies as they are born, they refuse.
Parshas Shemos – Bris Milah
A theme that we find going through this week’s Parsha is the idea of Bris Milah. In the actual Pasuk, we learn that as Moshe is returning to Egypt from Midyan, since there is a failure to circumcise
The Elbalming of Yakov
The Embalming of Yakov When Yakov is Niftar, Yosef has him embalmed. In general, embalming is counter to the idea that the body needs to decompose to remove the sin of Adam, which is known as עטיו של
Parshas VaYehi – Rachel’s Crying
The Maharal in explaining Rashi in this week’s Parsha opens our eyes to a new insight in the events concerning the marriage of Yakov first to Leah and then to Rachel. Rashi writes  that Yakov exp
Parshas Miketz and Chanukah – The Zimras Ha’Aretz
This week’s Parsha of Miketz is almost always in the week of Chanukah. There are many hints and Drashos that connect them. I would like to add to this collection, by explaining a unique phrase in the
Parshas VaYeshev – Peretz and Zerach
The entire incident of Yehudah’s marriage, his children, and then his Yibum of Tamar and those twins birth, is a riddle wrapped in an enigma, shrouded in mystery. In this Parsha is hidden the secrets
The איסור of ניבול פה
In this week’s Parsha we learn of the sojourn of Yosef in the of Potiphar. As he finds favor in the eyes of Potiphar, he is placed in charge of all the matters of the home save one. This is described
Parshas VaYishlach – The Culmination of Yakov’s Return
This week’s Parsha can be viewed as the conclusion of Toldos and VaYetze. At the end of Toldos, after the saga of the Brachos, Yitzchak calls in Yakov and sends him to marry someone from Rivka’s fami
Parshas VaYishlach – A Portion in the Eternal Eretz Yisroel
In this week’s Parsha we reach the end of Yakov’s journey. This takes him from a being a single individual in his parents’ home, till he returns back as an entire nation. The beginning of Yakov’s arr
The First Perek of Hoshea
The first Perek is about Hashem’s command to Hoshea to marry a woman of ill repute and have children with her. This seems be quite unusual. Chazal explain that another conversation precedes this. Hos
The Aramaic of the Torah
Parshas VaYetze is one of two Sedarim in the Torah that is one entire section in a Sefer Torah . There are no Parshiyos Pesuchos or Stumos. These two types of Parshiyos are characterized by white
The 14 year Battle against Eisav and Yishmoel
One of the most important periods of the life of Yakov Avinu was the time spent in the Yeshiva of Shem and Ever. Fourteen years of uninterrupted learning, which culminates with the vision of the Sula
One of the nations with which Klal Yisrael interacts during its formative years, are the Plishtim. From the time of Avrohom and the other Avos, through Yetzias Mitzrayim, and culminating with Shimsho
Chanukah and Money
The Rambam begins Hilchos Chanukah with the following description of the oppression of the Jews by the Greeks: רמב”ם הלכות חנוכה פרק ג – (א) בבית שני כשמלכו יון גזרו גזרות על ישראל ובטלו דתם ולא הניח
The Children of Keturah
The end of this week’s Parsha is quite puzzling. After Avrohom has ascertained the continuation of Klal Yisroel through the marriage of Yitzchak and Rivka, instead of continuing with the history of Y
In this week’s Parsha, we are told that Avrohom Avinu is blessed with ‘BaKol’ – everything . What is everything that Avrohom could be blessed with? There is a Gemarra in Bava Basra  that bring
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