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Rabbi Weinreb’s Parsha Column, Parshat Va’etchanan (Shabbat Nachamu): “Answering Unanswered Prayers”
I have learned the hard way that some of the most important lessons in life come from unexpected sources. I have also learned that later, equally unexpected sources often force me to reconsider those important lessons.
Parshat Va’etchanan: Who Moshe Wanted to Enter the Land
“Please let me pass over and see the good land on the other side of the Jordan, the good mountain, and the Lebanon.” (Devarim 3:25) Moshe recounts that he asked the Almighty to allow him to enter the land of Israel. Hashem did not rescind His decree. Moshe was permitted to see the land from […]
Parshat Va’etchanan: The Obligation to Know that G-d Exists
“I am Hashem your G-d that has taken you out from the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.” (Devarim 5:6) Moshe reviews the Decalogue – the Aseret HaDibrot. Our passage is the first pasuk of the Aseret HaDibrot. Hashem declares that He is the G-d that redeemed Bnai Yisrael from Egypt. Maimonides maintains […]
The Book of the Covenant
Devarim – 6 August 2011 – 6 Av 5771 Why does the book of Devarim have the structure it does: a mix of history, law, recollection and anticipation? The sages knew that Devarim had a clear structure. Elsewhere in the Torah some rabbis used the principle of semikhut haparshiyot – that we can learn something […]
Rabbi Weinreb’s Torah Column, Parshat Devarim, Shabbat Chazon
It is an experience common to all freshmen. One comes to a new campus, knows no one, and tries to orient himself by identifying the senior students who seem to have prestige. Then, he tries to connect with these campus big shots.