Moshe and the elders commanded the Jews to erect twelve huge stones after they cross the Jordan River into the land of Israel. They were to plaster these stones and write the words of the Torah on them. (There is a difference of opinion as to what part or parts specifically were to be written. […]
As we mentioned at the beginning of parshas Re’eh, when the Jews entered the land, they were to deliver blessings and curses on Mount Grizim and Mount Eival, respectively. Six Tribes were assigned to each mountain. (For this purpose, Levi was counted as one of the 12, while Ephraim and Menashe were considered a single […]
If enemies attack, God will quickly put them to flight. They’ll come as a unified force, but flee in all directions. The grain will be blessed, as will all the Jews’ endeavors. They’ll be secure in their land. The world will recognize Israel as God’s nation and defer to them. God will grant them all […]
Moshe gathered the nation to deliver his final speech. He told them that they personally saw what God did to Pharaoh and the Egyptians, but they didn’t fully get it. Now they’ve spent forty years in the wilderness with miraculous sources of food and clothes so that they could get to know God better. They […]
Several years ago, I gave a speech in an Orthodox synagogue (whom I would have expected to be most likely to take Scriptural promises seriously) in which I asked my listeners to imagine a time when Jerusalem would be so central to the world’s economy that non-Jews would volunteer gifts to the city. To accommodate […]
In this shiur, Mrs. Shira Smiles examines three different acronyms used to describe the month of Elul. In this class, Mrs. Smiles focuses on the verse, “Ina Le’yado, V’Samti Lecha”. Mrs. Smiles explains how Elul is the place we run to when we realize how inadequate our service of Hashem has become. Through ELul, Hahem […]
Hart Levine, who helps foster grassroots Jewish experiences on campuses through The Heart 2 Heart Project, explains an interpretation of Ki Teitzei that talks about reconnecting to wayward members of your flock, not of livestock, but of your Jewish community.
You are standing this day all of you before Hashem your G-d: your heads, your tribes, your elders, and your officers, even all the men of Israel, your little ones, your wives, and your stranger that is in the midst of your camp, from the hewer of your wood unto the drawer of your water; […]