Torah Bytes Parshat Noach: Point of Unacceptability

In this week’s parsha, God sends a flood to destroy the world. And the big question is: What was so terrible about Noah’s generation that they were deserving of destruction? The Midrash says that although their society was filled with various corruption and abuse, God didn’t decree the Flood until …

Torah Teasers Parshat Vayetzei –

1. After Yaakov has a dream he takes a neder, a vow (Genesis 28:20). Where else in the Torah is an actual neder taken (not a shvuah)? In Numbers 21:2, the Jews vow to consecrate all of the spoils of war. 2. Which of the sons of Yaakov, whose birth is recorded in this parsha, is not named by a mother …

Tazria –

Articles on the weekly Torah portion, parsha, from beginner to advanced levels. Divrei Torah, inspiration, ethics and stories for all ages.

Torah Teasers Parshat Va’eira –

In this parsha, the ashes that Moshe threw skyward to initiate the plague of boils were taken from a furnace (Exodus 9:8, 10). Elsewhere, in parshas Vayera, following the destruction of Sodom, smoke rose from the city as if rising from a furnace (Genesis 19:28).

Noach –

Articles on the weekly Torah portion, parsha, from beginner to advanced levels. Divrei Torah, inspiration, ethics and stories for all ages.

Family Parsha Parshat Toldot: Being Patient –

In our story, a kid discovers that sometimes all it takes is a little patience – and hope. Moving Along. Geoffrey burst though the door. “I hate this new school,” were the first words that came tumbling out of his mouth.He stomped into the den where his mom was working at her desk.

Parshat Vayeira: Even Higher Than Angels –

It is one of the most famous scenes in the Bible. Abraham is sitting at the entrance to his tent in the heat of the day when three strangers pass by. He urges them to rest and take some food. The text calls them men. They are in fact angels, coming to tell Sarah that she will have a child. The …

Torah Teasers: Torah Teasers Parshat Bereishit –

Moshe Erlbaum was raised in Brooklyn, New York and received his rabbinic ordination from RIETS of Yeshiva University. He began in chinuch at the Yeshiva of Central Queens and has been teaching at the DRS Yeshiva High School for Boys over the past 12 years.

A Life Lesson Parshat Vayishlach: True Wealth –

Adam Lieberman is a business consultant and who advises executives and companies across a spectrum of industries. He also runs a non-profit foundation which helps Jews of all backgrounds to see the beauty and relevance of their heritage.

Covenant & Conversation Parshat Vayeira: The Binding of Isaac

“Take your son, your only son, the one you love – Isaac – and go to the land of Moriah. Offer him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.” Thus begins one of the most famous episodes in the Torah, but also one of the most morally problematic. The conventional reading of this passage …

Parsha Point Parshat Noach: The Olive Branch of Peace

Rabbi Ron Jawary was born in Melbourne, Australia and majored in economics and law at Melbourne University. He then studied Jewish law and philosophy at Aish Hatorah in Jerusalem and was ordained as a Rabbi in 1981.

What’s Bothering Rashi? Parshat Matot: With The Sword

In Parshat Matot, Moses is given the command to take revenge on the Midianites for what they did (Numbers 25:1-9) to cause the Jews to sin. In their victorious battle over Midian, they killed the kings of Midian and also Bilaam.