Nitzavim/Vayelech- The Final Teshuva

After presenting the intense bracha and klala of last week’s sedra, of the threat of eternal exile if we stray from the mitzvot, Moshe Rabeinu speaks of the final teshuva that will end the exile:  וְשַׁבְתָּ עַד-ה’ אֱלֹקֶיךָ, וְשָׁמַעְתָּ בְקֹלוֹ, And you shall return unto Hashem your G-d, and you shall listen to His voice (דברים ל:ב) Next, Moshe tells Am Yisrael of the result of […]

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 Shemot- More than a Name

(ואלה שמות בני ישראל” (א’:א” This week’s פרשה, and ספר שמות, open several generations after the end of the previous one, and tells us of the terrible transformation in the Jewish people’s standing in Egypt- having gone from a relatively successful and separate family within a foreign land to being enslaved by their host country. […]

Parshat Vayigash- Nefarious Shepherds of the Nations

For Printer-Friendly Version, Click Here This week’s d’var torah is dedicated in commemoration of the recent yahrtzeit of my great-grandmother Henrietta Brueckheimer, רחל בת יששכר ע”ה. (וייטב בעיני פרעה ובעיני עבדיו” (מ”ה:ט”ז” At the beginning of this week’s פרשה, after יהודה’s climactic confrontation with יוסף, Yosef finally reveals his identity to his brothers, and the […]