Mishpatim- Remembering the “civil” in Civil Law

This past Monday, my sister and I were traveling on the Egged 497 bus from Bet Shemesh to Ramat Gan. When we boarded the bus at the beginning of its route, it was relatively empty, so we sat together towards the front, thinking that the bus wouldn’t be too crowded at 15:00 in the afternoon […]

Defying Discrimination- Protesting Injustice & Parshat Vayigash

This past week, the P5+1 committee, consisting of the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Russia, China, and France, reached an interim nuclear agreement with Iran. This deal was very revolutionary in what it actually demanded from Iran, very minimal nuclear compliance rules, in order to drop its crippling sanctions on the radical Islamic regime. While this deal is […]

Ki Tavo- Collective Cautioning

A large part of our parsha contains the תוכחה (admonition) that Moshe Rabeinu gives to עם ישראל to repeat once they enter ארץ ישראל. In it, he separates the tribes and gives blessings and curses to the nation if they follow or do not follow G-d’s commands, respectively. While it is clear that עם ישראל […]

Shelach- Specialized Scrutiny

Printer-friendly PDF version SPECIALIZED SCRUTINY This week’s פרשה is centered around one of the Jewish People’s biggest transgressions during their time in the wilderness- the sin of the spies (חטא המרגלים), where משה, questionably by G-d’s command, sends twelve spies into Eretz Canaan “לראות את הארץ מה היא- to see what the land is like.” […]

Beha’alotcha- Sporadic Spiritual Sojourns

SPORADIC SPIRITUAL SOJOURNS (על פי ה’ יסעו בני ישראל ועל פי ה’ יחנו כל ימי אשר ישכון הענן על המשכן יחנו” (במדבר ט’:י”ח” Our פרשה is distinctly divided into two sections, split in the middle with the short section of “ויהי בנסוע הארון,” where we read of the procedures that בני ישראל would go through […]

Acharei Mot/Kedoshim- The Nation Who Cried “Unholy!”

THE NATION WHO CRIED “UNHOLY!” (וַתִּטְמָא הָאָרֶץ, וָאֶפְקֹד עֲו‍ֹנָהּ עָלֶיהָ; וַתָּקִא הָאָרֶץ, אֶת-יֹשְׁבֶיהָ” (ויקרא י”ח:כ”ה” At the end of the first of our two parshiot, the תורה embarks on a very detailed explanation of the various עריות (forbidden relationships), ending with a warning about keeping holy when they arrive in the Holy Land, or else […]