Rosh Hashana & Ha’azinu- Faith and Remembrance

Click here for printer-friendly PDF version הַצּוּר תָּמִים פָּעֳלוֹ, כִּי כָל-דְּרָכָיו מִשְׁפָּט; אֵ-ל אֱמוּנָה וְאֵין עָוֶל, צַדִּיק וְיָשָׁר הוּא The rock (G-d)- His work is perfect, for all His ways are just; A G-d of faith without iniquity, He is righteous and fair (דברים לב:ד) These pesukim, amongst the opening verses to שירת משה in פרשת האזינו, […]

Re’eh- The Missing Municipality

In our parsha, Moshe Rabeinu’s monologue begins to shift topics, transitioning from a philosophical discussion into more practical laws that will affect the Jewish People as they enter Eretz Yisrael. Despite the fact that many of these laws center around Jerusalem, the eternal capital of Israel, the word ירושלים is never actually mentioned in our portion. Instead, […]

Pinchas- Zealots for a Cause

This week’s פרשה contains two of the most famous stories of zealotry in the entire Pentateuch, however one is more obvious than the other. At the beginning, Pinchas ben Elazar ben Aharon Hakohen is commended for his zealotry earlier in the פרק where he killed Zimri and Cazby as they openly desecrated G-d’s name in […]