Mishpatim- Proactive Protection: The Importance of Sticking Together in Difficult Times

Our סדרה, which addresses many of the civil law topics within הלכה, broaches an interesting matter immediately before the end of the third עליה. Coinciding with the halfway point of ספר שמות is the command: אִם-כֶּסֶף תַּלְוֶה אֶת-עַמִּי, אֶת-הֶעָנִי עִמָּךְ–לֹא-תִהְיֶה לוֹ, כְּנֹשֶׁה; לֹא-תְשִׂימוּן עָלָיו, נֶשֶׁךְ. אִם-חָבֹל תַּחְבֹּל, שַׂלְמַת רֵעֶךָ–עַד-בֹּא הַשֶּׁמֶשׁ, תְּשִׁיבֶנּוּ לוֹ. כִּי הִוא כְסוּתֹה […]

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 […]

Parshat Miketz/Chanukah- Modern Maccabees

This week’s פרשה opens with פרעה dreaming some bad dreams which no one could interpret. The שר המשקים, realizing that he knows someone who could interpret פרעה’s dream, begins a reluctant, long-winded explanation of how he came to know יוסף, culminating in his unflattering description of a “נער עברי.” Rashi, cursing the wicked who cannot […]

Parshat Toldot- The Price of Success

Printer-friendly version:Toldot73 (ויגדל האיש… ויקנאו אתו פלשתים” (בראשית כ”ו: י”ג-י”ד” In this week’s פרשה, our forebear יצחק faces a situation that both his father אברהם faced and his son יעקב will also face- a famine in ארץ כנען. However, unlike  his father, יצחק is told to stay in Canaan and not go down to Egypt […]

Parshat Noach- The Hidden Rainbow

Printer-Friendly Version: Noach73 (והָיְתָה הַקֶּשֶׁת בֶּעָנָן וּרְאִיתִיהָ לִזְכֹּר בְּרִית עוֹלָם” (בראשית ט’:ט”ז” Towards the end of this week’s parsha, Hashem makes a ברית (covenant) with Noach and his descendants and all surviving living beings never to destroy the world ever again, which is represented by the rainbow (קשת). The use of a rainbow as the symbol […]