Shabbat HaGadol, the Sabbath preceding Passover, derives its name (The Great Sabbath) from the importance of the approaching festival and from the Haftarah reading of the day that closes with an allusion to the “Coming of Elijah on the Great Day of the L-rd”.
“This is the decree of the Torah, which Hashem has commanded, saying: Speak to the Children of Israel, and they shall take to you a completely red cow, which is without blemish, and upon which a yoke has not come.” (BaMidbar 19:2) This is an example of Law of the Torah which is considered completely […]
Resh Lakish said “On the first of Adar, an announcement is made concerning the Shekalim.” (Masechet Megillah) The first of the Four Special Shabbatot is Shabbat Parshat Shekalim. It occurs either on the last Shabbat of the month of Shevat, or on the Shabbat which in that year coincides with Rosh Chodesh Adar, or on […]
As an introduction to this topic, a (relatively) short introductory note would be helpful. On a regular Shabbat, the Parshah of the Week, which is divided into seven portions, is read publicly in the shul, or synagogue. For each of the seven portions, one congregant is “called up” to make “brachot,” or blessings, on the […]
In Memory of Rabbi Abraham Leibtag Parshat Shekalim Just a short ‘vort’ on Parshat Shekalim (Shmot 30:11-16) which we read for maftir this week. A ‘BASE’ AND A ‘CROWN’ What did Bnei Yisrael do with the money collected for the “machazit ha’shekel”? From the commandment at the beginning of Parshat Ki-tisa it is not very […]
“Zachor Et Asher Asa Lecha Amalek BaDerech Betzetchem MiMitzrayim” “Remember what Amalek did to you on your way out of Egypt! (Dvarim 25)” On the Shabbat that precedes Purim, two Torah scrolls are taken from the ark; one for the regular parsha and one for the Maftir – ‘Remember what Amalek did to you’ (Dvarim […]