Parshat Vayikra- Missing the Message of “Mikreh”

When starting a new sefer of the Pentateuch, it’s always interesting to try to get a feel for the book- what its main message is, what types of stories it contains, and why they are all together. However, before reaching that deeper level, a good starting point is the name of the sefer. Ours is called “ויקרא,” literally […]

Parshat Bemidbar- The Awkward In-Between Stage of our Redemption

This week, we begin reading the fourth book of the חמישה חומשי תורה; Sefer Bemidbar, called “Numbers” in English. Naming our sefer ‘Numbers’ makes sense on a basic level because most of our פרשה and many subsequent פרשיות contain censes of the Jewish People. But why would our ספר be given such a vague name […]

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 […]