Noach- Making our Generation “Tamim”

Our פרשה opens up by speaking about Noach’s children. Then the פסוק describes Noach as an “איש צדיק, תמים היה בדורותיו“, a tzadik, a perfect man in his generation, which is a prelude to why he is saved shortly therafter from destruction. However, Rashi famouly interprets this subjective passuk in two ways: בדורותיו- יש מרבותינו דורשים אותו לשבח, כל שכן שאלו היה בדור צדיקים […]

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 […]

Emor/Yom Ha’atzma’ut- The Sanctity of Modern Mo’adim

In the midst of a parsha focused on the physical guidelines and standards for kohanim, the fourth aliyah changes topics a little bit, tangentially discussing the holidays of our people, the first time in the entire Torah that they are all listed together (and the first appearance of all of them, except for Pesach). The section opens: וַיְדַבֵּר ה’, […]

Metzora- Leprosy of the Lacking Homeland

In the already supernatural parshiot of צרעת, the physical manifestation of the spiritual illness of slander, one type stands out as being particularly paranormal: וַיְדַבֵּר ה’, אֶל-מֹשֶׁה וְאֶל-אַהֲרֹן לֵאמֹר. כִּי תָבֹאוּ אֶל-אֶרֶץ כְּנַעַן, אֲשֶׁר אֲנִי נֹתֵן לָכֶם לַאֲחֻזָּה; וְנָתַתִּי נֶגַע צָרַעַת, בְּבֵית אֶרֶץ אֲחֻזַּתְכֶם… And G-d said to Moshe and Aharon saying: When you enter the Land […]

Tazria/Hachodesh- The Birth of a Redemption

Continuing on the topic of טומאה and טהרה from last week, our פרשה shifts from the laws relating to animals to those for humans. And, as Ibn Ezra writes, what better place to start than with childbirth, one of the happiest and most beautiful parts of any couple’s life, when they partner with G-d to create another human being: וַיְדַבֵּר […]