Tazria-Metzora- Leprosy of the Holy Land

Click here for printer-friendly PDF version LEPROSY OF THE HOLY LAND “כִּי תָבֹאוּ אֶל-אֶרֶץ כְּנַעַן…וְנָתַתִּי נֶגַע צָרַעַת” (ויקרא י”ד:ל”ד) This week’s parshiot introduce us to the concept of צרעת, an affliction on the skin that only seems to come about while in the borders of ארץ ישראל. While this type of illness could be seen as natural, […]

Parshat Teruma- A Timely Tabernacle

Printer-friendly version: Teruma73 “שמות כ”א:ח’) “וְעָשׂוּ לִי מִקְדָּשׁ וְשָׁכַנְתִּי בְּתוֹכָם) After reading at the end of last week’s פרשה that משה goes up to הר סיני to talk to G-d for forty days and forty nights, this week’s פרשה opens with some of the מצות that G-d gives to משה during this time. The first topic […]

Parshat Vayigash- Nefarious Shepherds of the Nations

For Printer-Friendly Version, Click Here This week’s d’var torah is dedicated in commemoration of the recent yahrtzeit of my great-grandmother Henrietta Brueckheimer, רחל בת יששכר ע”ה. (וייטב בעיני פרעה ובעיני עבדיו” (מ”ה:ט”ז” At the beginning of this week’s פרשה, after יהודה’s climactic confrontation with יוסף, Yosef finally reveals his identity to his brothers, and the […]