Noach- Balanced Society

While Sefer Bereshit, in telling the stories of the beginning of the world, contains a lot of drama, Parshat Noach stands out as being particularly spectacular, with G-d destroying most of the world and starting from scratch, all for things that seemed to already exist in the world. When G-d decides, so to speak, to […]

Va’etchanan- Absence of Appreciation

Click here for printer-friendly PDF version ABSENCE OF APPRECIATION Our פרשה, which mainly continues Moshe Rabbeinu’s speech to בני ישראל reminding them to follow the Mitzvot and avoid making the same mistakes as their forebears, ends with a message about their future: וְהָיָה כִּי יְבִיאֲךָ ה’ אֱלֹקיךָ, אֶל-הָאָרֶץ אֲשֶׁר נִשְׁבַּע לַאֲבֹתֶיךָ לְאַבְרָהָם לְיִצְחָק וּלְיַעֲקֹב–לָתֶת לָךְ:  […]

Naso- Apart, Yet Together

In this week’s פרשה, we learn of the הלכות of נזירות, where a man can voluntarily abstain from several physical pleasures, including drinking wine or other grape products, cutting his hair, and more spiritual abstentions like becoming טמא מת. There is a lot of debate amongst the מפורשים on whether becoming a נזיר is good […]

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 […]