What’s Bothering Rashi? Parshat Lech Lecha: Abraham …

An Answer: The statement that Abraham ‘believed’ Hashem is quite strange. Stranger yet is the statement that God considered this ‘believing’ an act of righteousness. Of course Abraham believed God! Why not? God had spoken to him personally. If Abraham doubted that he experienced a true prophetic …

Appel’s Parsha Page Parshat Mishpatim: All About Dogs

The role of dogs in Jewish lore. As a little girl, my wife often asked her father for a pet. And she always received the same answer: “What do you need a pet for? You have brothers!” What was my father-in-law saying? Why spend time taking care of an animal, when a human being – created in the image …

Family Parsha Parshat Masay: Working or Shirking?

When it comes to work, we shouldn’t shirk. In this week’s Torah portion (Num. 32:6) Moses reprimands some of the tribes who asked to avoid joining in the effort, with the rest of the people, to move into the Land of Israel. We should be willing do our share in a group effort and not seek to ‘get out …

Family Parsha Parshat Mishpatim: Give and Take

The way we treat other people’s property, and our own, says a lot about who we are. It can show us how fair and just we really are. The ideal society is one in which each individual is generous and giving of his own property, while at the same time remaining respectful and undemanding of the other guy’s.

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Family Parsha Parshat Bechukotai: Keeping Neat is Nice

There is a very special day in the Jewish calendar known as Lag B’Omer. (This year it’s May 26th 2005, in the evening, until the 27th, in the evening.) That’s when we celebrate the life and teachings of one of our greatest sages and mystics, Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, and also mark the day that God …

Family Parsha Parshat Chayei Sarah: Honesty Pays

When we hear the word “stealing” we usually think of robbers with masks and guns or a thief sneaking around in the night. However there are many more subtle forms of stealing that we may not have considered. For instance in this week’s Torah portion we learn about the very special camels of our …

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In 1963, the Fair Sabbath Law went into effect, permitting Shabbat-observant Jews in New York City to do business on Sunday. Throughout much of the 20th century, one of the biggest barriers to Shabbat observance in America was a work week that included Saturday, yet precluded Sunday. New York, with …

Family Parsha Parshat Shlach: Independent Thinking

Part of growing up is learning how to think for ourselves and not just go along with the crowd. In this week’s portion, as the Jewish people were about to move into the land of Israel that God had promised them, they sent a group of spies ahead of them to scout things out. When the spies returned to …

Family Parsha Parshat Korach: Follow Your Own Mind

Without even knowing it, we can be swept along by other people’s opinions, and do, say, and think things we don’t even believe. In this week’s Torah portion, a lot of good people were swept away to join Korach in his unjust rebellion against Moses and had to pay a heavy price. The Torah wants us …

Family Parsha Parshat Vayigash: Patch Things Up

Just because we had a quarrel or fight with someone doesn’t mean we can’t make up. In this week’s Torah portion, Joseph and his brothers reconcile and patch things up after many years. We can learn from them that even if we have a fight, there’s always a chance to put things right. In our story, a …

1 Minute Vort on the Parsha Parshat Bereishit: Organize …

In the beginning of God’s creating… (1:1) God began the Torah with the word Bereishis – in the beginning – which starts with the Hebrew letter Beis.The Midrash teaches that the first Hebrew letter Aleph was dissatisfied that it had been passed over. It complained, “I am the very first letter and yet I was left out at the beginning of the Torah!”

Covenant & Conversation Parshat V’etchanan: Philosophy or …

What was the first commandment? On this there are two fascinating disagreements in Judaism. One was between Moses Maimonides (1135-1204) and the author of the Halakhot Gedolot, written in the period of the Gaonim, probably by R. Shimon Kayyara (eighth century), that for the first time enumerated in a systematic way the 613 commands.

Family Parsha Parshat Vayishlach: Acting on Impulse

It’s important to learn how to keep our cool even when things get hot. Acting rashly or impulsively without thinking things through can lead us to make mistakes we’ll later regret. In this week’s Torah portion, Jacob chastises two of his sons for acting rashly and putting the family into unnecessary …

Family Parsha Parshat Vayechi: Unique Blessings

We all admire great people and wish we could be great too. The truth is we can, and it’s easier than we think. The secret to becoming great is simply to become ourselves! Each of us has our own unique potential for greatness which we tap into by discovering and using the special traits and unique …

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Yahrtzeit of Miriam, the biblical prophet, who died in the Hebrew year 2488. Miriam was the sister of Moses and Aaron. Miriam means “bitter sea,” because she was born at a time when the Egyptians embittered the lives of the Jews.

Family Parsha Parshat Chukat: Unfriendly Means Scared

When people act unfriendly or nasty, it could be because really they’re afraid. In our Torah portion (22:3), we learn how Balak plotted to attack the Jewish people because he was afraid of them. Knowing this can help us get along better with people. “Wow, you sure picked a great day to join our camp …