May 26, 2018

Words that we sing with gusto as we take the Sefer Torah out of the Ark, and the conluding phrase that accompanies its return, have their source in the Parasha of Beha’alotecha. 

This sedra concludes the first part of the book of Bemidbar which describes the arrangement...

May 22, 2018

We hear it from the Cohanim each Yom Tov (and every week, or even every day, in Israel and in some communities). Many parents say it to their children every Friday night. They even feature in the lyrics of “Fiddler on the Roof”. And these three verses from this week’s...

May 14, 2018

When Adam sinned in the garden of Eden, he was punished with the curse that: “thorns and thistles shall sprout for you…by the sweat of your brow you shall eat bread”.

The Midrash tells us that this verse gives us only part of a conversation that took place between Adam...

May 5, 2018

Article for Behar-Behukotai

Is the Torah Socialist or Capitalist? Since the Torah is more than just a set of laws for private individual, but presents a legal and social code for the running of an entire community then naturally it includes an economic system and we can...

May 2, 2018

Shabbat is mentioned several times in the Torah in relation to many key moments in the life of the Jewish people, including the creation of the world, the Exodus from Egypt, and the building of he Tabernacle.

Rav Shimshon Rafael Hirsch observes that in the parasha of Em...

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