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March 24, 2017

At the end of this weeks lengthy double parsha,

the first Act of this journey from Mitzrayim ends with this final pasuk:  

כִּי עֲנַן ה' עַל-הַמִּשְׁכָּן, יוֹמָם, וְאֵשׁ, תִּהְיֶה לַיְלָה בּוֹ--לְעֵינֵי כָל-בֵּית-יִשְׂרָאֵל,     / בְּכָל-מַסְעֵיהֶם

"For over th...

March 17, 2017

At the conclusion of the direction of the Mishkan to Moshe, Hashem puts forth the commandment to observe the Shabbat:
 
In Perek 31, Pasuk 13, Hashem tells Moshe:
 

וְאַתָּה דַּבֵּר אֶל-בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל, לֵאמֹר, אַךְ אֶת-שַׁבְּתֹתַי, תִּשְׁמֹרוּ:  כִּי אוֹת הִוא בֵּינִ...

March 9, 2017

At the beginning of Parshat Tetzaveh, Hashem commands Bnei Yisrael to supply pure olive oil - Shemen zayit zakh, for the lighting of the Menorah in the Mishkan. 

In Shmot, Perek 27, Pasuk 20:
 


  וְאַתָּה תְּצַוֶּה אֶת-בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל, וְיִקְחוּ אֵלֶי...

March 3, 2017

Our Parsha begins this week with the directive of giving.  
In Sh'mot, Perek 25, Pasuk 2:


דַּבֵּר אֶל-בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל, וְיִקְחוּ-לִי תְּרוּמָה:  מֵאֵת כָּל-אִישׁ אֲשֶׁר יִדְּבֶנּוּ לִבּוֹ, תִּקְחוּ אֶת-תְּרוּמָתִי.

Speak unto the children of Israel, that they should t...

February 24, 2017

This Shabbat begins the period in which Jews around the world have been reading the Arbah parshiyot – the four special passages known as Shekalim, Zachor, Parah and HaChodesh.  These parshiyot, read as the Maftir, after the weekly Torah portion, prepare us for Pesach b...

February 17, 2017

When we read Parshat Yitro this coming Shabbat, we will be reciting the עשרת הדברות - The Ten Commandments.
There is a widespread custom to stand during the reading of the עשרת הדברות.  We rise in deference to this majestic moment in our history where every member...

February 10, 2017

Parshat B'shalach is called Shabbat Shira.


It is interesting that when we think of song in prayer, often we think of the mizmorai tehillim from Ketuvim.  There are two psalms which are unique in their opening formulation of “song.”
Mizmor shir l’yom HaShabbat, which is...

February 2, 2017

When instructing Benei Yisrael regarding the laws of the korban Pesach, Moshe admonishes, "You shall observe the matzot" (12:17).

וּשְׁמַרְתֶּם, אֶת-הַמַּצּוֹת, כִּי בְּעֶצֶם הַיּוֹם הַזֶּה, הוֹצֵאתִי אֶת-צִבְאוֹתֵיכֶם מֵאֶרֶץ מִצְרָיִם; וּשְׁמַרְתֶּם אֶת-הַיּוֹם הַזֶּה...

January 26, 2017

Before Hashem begins the affliction of the Eser Makkot, the Ten Plagues, upon Egypt, Hashem informs Moshe that Hashem will "harden Paro's heart." Hashem tells Moshe that Paro will refuse to release Bnei Yisrael despite the horrific plagues placed upon his land and his...

January 20, 2017

A Prerequisite For Leadership

The first encounter Moshe will have directly with Hashem is at the burning bush.  It is there that Hashem will give over his first of many instructions to Moshe.  Hashem commands Moshe to not come close and to take off his shoes since the...

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