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Matos Maasei 5778
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Netziv on the difference between “זה הדבר” and “כה אמר” הגיונה של תורה: The תנאי made by Bnei Gad and Reuven seems unfair – either way they get land! If the conquest was miraculous why did they need to come? What do we learn from the names of the מסעות When someone goes into exile […]
Pinchas 5778
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Radbaz: If Pinchas is Eliyahu that means he is a Kohen, how could he have become tamei met to revive the child? What is the מדה כנגד מדה in Pinchas receiving ברית כהונת עולם for his act? What happened to Bnei Korach – did they do Teshuva or not? Leadership lessons from Yehoshua’s appointment.
Balak 5778
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Why does Balaam say ה’ אלוקי here and not in other places? Did Balak’s messengers see/hear the miracle of Balaam’s donkey and the malach? Why did Hashem convey His message through a donkey, one of the special creations on the first Erev Shabbos? Why did Hashem choose Balaam, who was evil? “מי מנה עפר יעקב”
Chukas 5778
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Rabbeinu Bachya on the meaning of Chukkim, Eidot, and Mishpatim. Mishkan Betzalel on why a Kohen has to shecht the Parah Adumah and why is the Parah Adumah, which atones for chet haegel connected to death? Why is the erez which represents haughtiness part of the Parah Adumah process? The Chofetz Chaim on “על כן […]
Korach 5778
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Eleh HaDevarim on the root of Korach’s sin. Rav Schwab on what Korach “took”. What does the 2nd pasuk seem to be a repetition of the first? Rav Soloveitchik on how the machloket of Korach is alive and well in our day. Kli Yakar on the command not to be like Korach like Hashem told […]
Shelach 5778
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What can we learn from the story of the spies? What was the root of their sin? Aish Kodesh on why Calev didn’t address the spies’ false claims directly. Sefat Emet on why they had to wait 40 years. Why sometimes Yehoshua is listed first and sometimes Calev is listed first. תוספת ברכה: One word […]
Behaaloscha 5778
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The aggadeta of throwing the keys up to heaven at churban bayit sheni. Why is Aharon praised for not changing the process of lighting the menorah? The 3 times the Torah uses the word מקשה. The different sounds made with the חצוצרות.
Naso 5778
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Divrei Mordechai: Why is this Parsha called Naso, meaning “lifting up”? Rav Zevin: The message of Isru Chag and its connection to Naso. Bnei Yissaschar: Why the Torah repeats how many Leviim there are after listing the number from each family? The leadership-jealousy connection as the theme of the Parsha. Why does Moshe have to […]