Noach- Making our Generation “Tamim”

Our פרשה opens up by speaking about Noach’s children. Then the פסוק describes Noach as an “איש צדיק, תמים היה בדורותיו“, a tzadik, a perfect man in his generation, which is a prelude to why he is saved shortly therafter from destruction. However, Rashi famouly interprets this subjective passuk in two ways: בדורותיו- יש מרבותינו דורשים אותו לשבח, כל שכן שאלו היה בדור צדיקים […]

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 […]

Shoftim- Kingship Quandaries

This week’s parsha continues Moshe Rabeinu’s monologue of issues that the Jewish People will face when entering Israel, but shifts to more political topics, discussing leadership, wars, and responsibilities. Within the leadership section, a very unique situation comes up, one which anyone could’ve seen coming but hoped wouldn’t: כִּי-תָבֹא אֶל-הָאָרֶץ, אֲשֶׁר ה’ אֱלֹקיךָ נֹתֵן לָךְ, […]

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 Tetzave/Zachor- Being There is Half the Battle

Printer-Friendly Version (‘וְאַתָּה תְּצַוֶּה אֶת-בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל, וְיִקְחוּ אֵלֶיךָ” (שמות כ”ז:כ” This d’var torah includes Torah heard from Rav Mordechai Machlis, one of my rabeim from Lev Hatorah, and Rav Joel Cohn, one of my rabeim at Machon Lev. This week’s פרשה, which mainly discusses the  garments of the כהנים and the עבודה of the משכן, […]

Parshat Yitro- Anticipation and Realization

Printer-Friendly Version (‘אָנֹכִי יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ, אֲשֶׁר הוֹצֵאתִיךָ מֵאֶרֶץ מִצְרַיִם מִבֵּית עֲבָדִים” (שמות כ’:ב” In this week’s פרשה, the Jewish Nation reaches the climax of its Exodus from Egypt: מתן תורה, the receiving of the תורה and the עשרת הדברות. This event, where G-d initially speaks to בני ישראל directly, represents a national physical and spiritual […]

Parshat Beshalach- A Dive of Faith

Printer-Friendly Version Part of this week’s d’var torah features a slightly controversial view of Anti-Zionism (specifically Satmar Chasidism) based on a teaching by Rav Yissachar Teichtel in “Em Habanim Semecha.” This was not written to offend anyone’s religious or political beliefs and leanings, but just as a different perspective on a specific sect of Judiasm through the […]