Bo- Beating “Savlanut Syndrone”

Our סדרה continues the story of G-d’s plagues against the Egyptians to force the release of the Jewish People. First, the land of Egypt is struck with locusts, and the country’s crops are destroyed. Then, חושך hits the land, but not your run-of-the-mill plague of darkness: וַיְהִי חֹשֶׁךְ-אֲפֵלָה בְּכָל-אֶרֶץ מִצְרַיִם, שְׁלֹשֶׁת יָמִים. לֹא-רָאוּ אִישׁ אֶת-אָחִיו, […]

Chaye Sara- “Don’t Let Him Marry a Canaanite”: The Danger of Giving up even an Inch of Our Heritage

Continued from: Ensuring the Apple Doesn’t Fall Far from the Tree I would like to return to פרשת חיי שרה to share one more brief idea. Going back to our initial question, we asked why Avraham was so against marrying Yitzchak to a Canaanite girl. Chizkuni brings a completely different but equally relevant answer. He […]

Teruma- Blueprints for Success

Our parsha, which mainly discusses very detailed instructions for the building of the Mishkan, sneaks in at the beginning a hint as to why the Jewish People should undertake such a big construction project: וְעָשׂוּ לִי, מִקְדָּשׁ; וְשָׁכַנְתִּי, בְּתוֹכָם. You shall make for me a sanctuary and I will dwell in it (שמות כה:ח) On a basic […]

The Understated Alteration- Entitled Gratitude, Learning vs. Earning, and Parshat Vayechi

This week’s parsha, which mainly focuses on our forefather Yaakov’s final request and blessings to his children before he passes away, contains several confusing stories. First, Yaakov makes two independent requests of Yosef to buried in Canaan, and then asks his other sons the same. Then, he does something even more peculiar when Yosef presents […]

Toldot- Incumbent Integrity

Last week, in the latest bout of Israeli intra-religion tension, the 2013 Mayoral Election of the city of Bet Shemesh was won by incumbent Moshe Abutbul. The race, which started out as two candidates, the Hareidi Abutbul and Eli Cohen, a Religious Zionist/Dati Leumi runner, arguing over the issues in an effort to assert themselves […]