Parshat Kedoshim: Do Not Abide Wages

This week’s double Parsha contains some of the most important Mitzvos in the Torah. The laws of Yom Kippur are discussed in Achrei Mos, and in Kedoshim we have some very central mitzvos between man and man. The following is one of many. Rashi makes an important grammatical point. The meaning of the …

Shabbat Shalom Weekly: Nitzavim-Vayelech –

Nitzavim, Deut. 29:9 – 30:20 & VaYelech, Deut. 31:1 – 31:30. On the day of Moshe’s death he assembles the whole Jewish people and creates a Covenant confirming the Jewish people as the Almighty’s Chosen People (chosen for responsibility to be a light to the nations) for all future generations. Moshe makes clear the consequences of rejecting God and His Torah as well as the possibility of …

Vayechi –

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).

Reflections Parshat Korach: Keep Yourself In Check

One of the central events in the parsha is the attempted rebellion of Korach and his cohorts against Moshe and Aharon. Korach claimed that Moshe and Aharon were deliberately taking up all the positions of honor and glory for themselves and their closest family members, and he “indignantly” demanded …

Parsha Potpourri Parshat Bereishit: Speech Or Food?

Ozer Alport was born and raised in Kansas City, a rare third-generation Midwestern Jew. After graduating from Harvard with a degree in economics, he went on to study in the Mir Yeshiva in Jerusalem for five years.

Behar –

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

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.

Reflections Parshat Nitzavim: Choose Life –

Rabbi Yehoshua Berman is an author and educator. In addition to managing a Kollel together with is colleague, Rabbi Dovid Kastin, Rabbi Berman founded and directs Lamdenu, the institute for identifying core communal concerns within the Orthodox Jewish community and addressing those concerns through the medium of awareness and education.

Torah Teasers Parshat Matot –

Challenging questions for the Shabbat table. 1. This parsha discusses the laws of vows. In what two places does the Torah record someone taking a vow (neder)? In parshas Vayetzei, Yaakov vowed to build a House of God at the place where he slept, and to give one-tenth of all that he owns to God …