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Rabbi Y. Dov Krakowski

Second Haftarah of the Three Weeks

July 24, 2014, by

This week’s Haftorah is very apropos for being the middle Haftorah for the Haftoros of the Three weeks. We find ourselves in the midst of the most depressing point in time of the Jewish year. We are in an intense morning period for the Churban Beis Hamikdash and for the Galus we still live in. […]

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Parshas Masei

July 24, 2014, by

At the beginning of this week’s Sedra the Torah tells us of each and every one of Klal-Yisroel’s forty two encampments in the Midbar. The Minhag is that we glorify the majority of these travels by reading them with a special tune just as we do for the Shiras Hayam. Rashi explains that Hashem felt […]

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Parshas Matos

July 17, 2014, by

In this week’s Sedra, Hashem commands Moshe Rabeinu to take revenge upon the Midyanites for His sake. Hashem then tells Moshe that after fulfilling this commandment, he will pass on. Thus, knowing that he is bringing himself closer to his passing on, Moshe Rabeinu immediately acts upon Hashem’s command to round up the troops and […]

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First of the Tlasa d’Peranusa

July 17, 2014, by

This week’s Haftorah is the first of a trilogy. It is the first of the three Haftoros that are read during the Bein-Hametzarim. The Haftorah is a collection of Nevuos of Yirmiyahu. The bulk if the Haftorah consists of a rebuke to Klal-Yisroel, of warnings not to persist in its sinful course of action, as […]

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Parshas Pinchas

July 10, 2014, by

The Sedra opens with the end to a drama that began at the end of last week’s Sedra. Klal-Yisroel camped in Shitim and began to act inappropriately. They became intimate with the Moabite girls which led them to serve Avoda-Zara. These acts angered Hashem and caused Hashem to punish Am-Yisroel with a horrible unstoppable plague. […]

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Parshas Balak

July 2, 2014, by

The episode of Bilaam and Balak is a highly complex story with many difficult points. Balak requests from Bilaam that he should curse Klal-Yisroel so as to enable him (Balak) to achieve military victory over Klal-Yisroel. Balak hopes that if Bilaam curses Klal-Yisroel, he then would be able to keep his territory rather than loose […]

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Parshas Chukas

June 26, 2014, by

This week’s Sedra opens with the words “this is the statute of the Torah”. This statement is really meant to be a prelude to the Parsha of the Parah-Adumah (red calf). The Parah-Adumah was to be used in order to purify Klal-Yisroel after being contaminated by the corpse of a Jew. There is a lot […]

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Parshas Korach

June 20, 2014, by

Korach’s rebellion is based upon the fact that the entire Klal-Yisroel witnessed Divine Revelation. Korach’s philosophy revolves upon the entire nation’s holiness. Korach’s claim is that the entire nation is an exalted body. Therefore, why is Moshe Rabeinu keeping himself as ‘King’, and why is he busying himself appointing Aharon as Kohen Gadol? Korach seems […]

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Parshas Shelach

June 12, 2014, by

This week, we read of the Chet Hameraglim (the Sin of the Scouts). From the very beginning of the story, there are some rather curious points. Hashem tells Moshe “Shelach Lecha – send for yourself” these scouts in order that they should give a report regarding Eretz-Yisroel. Rashi comments on the phrase ‘send for yourself’ […]

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Parshas Behaaloscha

June 6, 2014, by

In the midst of an action-packed Sedra we find Klal-Yisroel in the most bizarre of circumstances. What makes things more difficult is that Moshe Rabeinu seems to handle things in a very uncharacteristic manner. Yet even more disconcerting is how to understand how Hashem seems to react and deals with the whole situation. Klal-Yisroel move […]

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