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, […]

Parshiot Vayakhel-Pekudei/Hachodesh- The Unity of Shabbat

Printer-Friendly Version: VayakhelPekudei73 THE UNITY OF SHABBAT (‘שֵׁשֶׁת יָמִים תֵּעָשֶׂה מְלָאכָה וּבַיּוֹם הַשְּׁבִיעִי יִהְיֶה לָכֶם קֹדֶשׁ שַׁבַּת שַׁבָּתוֹן לַה’” (שמות ל”ה: ב” The first of this week’s two פרשיות, which mainly discusses משה’s commanding בני ישראל in the construction of the משכן, opens with a somewhat repetitive reminder to the Jewish People: “ששת ימים תעשה מלאכה […]

Parshat Vayishlach- There are no ‘con’s in conflict

(כִּי-רָאִיתִי אֱלֹקים פָּנִים אֶל-פָּנִים” (ל”ב:ל”א” The following d’var torah is based on a shiur given by Rav Shalom Miller, one of my rabeim at Machon Lev, and is dedicated in commemoration of the recent tenth yahrtzeit of my great-grandmother Ellen Schloss Neuman, מרים בת פנחס ע”ה. As Mark Twain once said “It’s not the size of […]