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December 14, 2018

In Parashat Vayigash, after Yosef reveals his identity to his brothers, he instructs them to return to Canaan and bring Yaakov, his father, to Egypt.  Since Yosef had risen to the esteemed position of viceroy in Egypt, he was in a position to support Yaakov and his ent...

October 26, 2018

Parshat Vayera contains the Torah's narrative of  Akeidat Yitzhak, the binding of Isaac.  The intensity of this story and potential for contradictory messages make this a complex topic to address. What are we supposed to learn from the Akeida?  This biblical narrative...

October 19, 2018

Our Sages, Chazal,  fill in the blanks of Avraham’s formative years as a spiritual and intellectual role model with impeccable character.  He smashes his father’s idols and will even enter into the fiery furnace in the name of his monotheism.  But, the question still r...

September 15, 2017

The US Senator (and basketball player), Bill Bradley once said:  Leadership is unlocking people's potential to become better."  The role of a true leader is to encourage and give "chizzuk" to his or her followers to try to attain a level of fulfillment and success and...

August 4, 2017

The mitzvah of Tefilin is mentioned in this week's parsha, Parshat V'etchanan.  In Perek ו, pasuk ח, the Torah says:
 

וּקְשַׁרְתָּם לְאוֹת, עַל-יָדֶךָ; וְהָיוּ לְטֹטָפֹת, בֵּין עֵינֶיךָ


And you should bind them for a sign upon your hand, and they should be for frontlet...

July 21, 2017

The three haftarot before Tisha b'Av is known as the שלש דפורענותא - (the three haftarot of calamity/punishment).  In the second Shabbat of the "three weeks", we read from Sefer Yirmiyahu, Chapter 2:4-8 and Chapter 3:4.  

Within this week's haftarah, Hash...

May 19, 2017

Parshat Bechukotai begins with the words:
 

אִם-בְּחֻקֹּתַי, תֵּלֵכוּ; וְאֶת-מִצְו‍ֹתַי תִּשְׁמְרוּ, וַעֲשִׂיתֶם אֹתָם

If you will walk in accordance with My statutes, and keep My commandments, and do them.
 
What is the real difference between these two clauses of "im b...

April 28, 2017


The Performance of Brit Milah on Shabbat


The obligation of Brit Milah appears at the beginning of Parshat Tazria.
While we first encounter this ritual in Parshat Lekh L'cha, Am Yisrael are now obligated to perform Brit Milah on the eighth day.
 

וּבַיּוֹם, הַשְּׁמִינִי...

April 7, 2017

The beginning of Parashat Tzav discusses the mitzva known as terumat ha-deshen.  This mitzvah requires the kohen to remove the previous days ashes from the altar each morning. 
Chazal, in the Mishna, Masekhet Yoma, 22a,  describes the prop...

March 30, 2017

As we begin reading Sefer Vayikra, we delve right into the sacrificial service which was conducted in the Mishkan. Regarding the meal offering, the korban Mincha, Hashem instructs Moshe in Perek ב, Pasuk יא :  

 כָּל-הַמִּנְחָה, אֲשֶׁר תַּקְרִיבוּ לַה' לֹא תֵעָשֶׂה, חָמ...

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