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Parshas Noach
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The opening Passuk in this week’s Sedra, in describing Noach, tells us נח איש צדיק תמים היה בדורותיו –Noach was a righteous man, perfect in his generations. Rashi offers two explanations of this verse. According to the first, the Torah is emphasizing the context: it was only in relation to his generation that Noach was […]
Parshas Nitzavim-Vayeilech
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This week’s sedra Nitzavim, opens in the most curious manner. It starts with an odd exclamation, “you all stand here today in the presents of Hashem your God”. The verses then list individually the leaders, the elderly, the men, women, children, and converts, from the water carriers to the lumber jacks. True, the Torah does […]
Pashas Ki Savo
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This week’s Sedra lists the blessings and curses that are to be given to Klal-Yisroel upon their entering Eretz-Yisroel. These curses and blessings hinge upon Klal-Yisroel’s shmiras HaTorah or lack thereof. All of the verses used for the blessings seem to be mirrored in the curses. In the Brachos we are told of all sorts […]
Parshas Ki Seitzei
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This week’s sedra provides the instructions for the unique Mitzva of Shiluach Hakan (the sending of the mother bird from the nest prior to taking its eggs or chicks). This Mitzva is rather peculiar in character as it seems to be showing that Hashem‘s mercy extends even to animals. Yet, the Gemorah tells us (Brachos, […]
Parshas Shoftim
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Towards the end of this week’s Sedra the Torah instructs Klal-Yisroel as to how to proceed if and when they wish to annex additional territory to Eretz-Yisroel by waging war. When laying siege to a city, the Torah tells us, Klal-Yisroel should first call upon the city and ask for their surrender, making sure to […]
Parshas Eikev
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In this week’s Sedra, Moshe Rabeinu continues to rebuke Klal-Yisroel for their wrongdoings, specifically mentioning their sin with the Golden Calf. In doing so, Moshe Rabeinu talks about his painstaking Tefillos on behalf of Am-Yisroel and Aharon HaKohen. Moshe adds that Hashem got angry with Aharon HaKohen for the sin of the Golden Calf, and […]
Nachamu – Shiva DeNechemta
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This week’s Haftorah is the first of seven Haftoros that are referred to as Shiva deNechemta – the Seven Haftoros of comfort. These Haftoros follow those which we read the past three weeks. Those Haftoros were referred to as the T’lasa deParanusa – the Three of Calamity. The Three Haftoros of calamity were supposed to […]
Vaeschanan 5774
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Towards the end of this week’s Sedra Moshe Rabeinu relays the most peculiar sounding message to Klal-Yisroel. Moshe Rabeinu says to Klal-Yisroel: “it is not for your greatness that Hashem chose you, for you are the smallest of all the nations. Rather it is for the love of Hashem unto you, and for his keeping […]
Parshas Devarim
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We find ourselves this week at the beginning of Moshe Rabeinu’s final words to Klal-Yisroel. Chazal tell us that the whole of Sefer Devarim was Moshe’s parting words to Klal-Yisroel, conveyed on his very last day. Moshe Rabeinu recalls various occurrences that transpired between HaKadosh-Baruch-Hu and Am-Yisroel; because of this fact the entire Sefer has […]
Second Haftarah of the Three Weeks
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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. […]