1 Minute Vort on the Parsha Parshat Mishpatim: Don’t Wait …

If you take your fellow’s garment as security, until sunset shall you return it to him. …so it will be that if he cries out to Me, I shall listen, for I am compassionate. (Ex. 22:25-26) The Torah commands us to lend money to our fellow Jews. If the borrower does not repay, the lender may ask the …

M’oray Ha’Aish Parshat Vayigash: The Power of an Idea

The tension which has been building up in the text finally reaches its crescendo. Joseph can no longer contain himself: Then Joseph could not restrain himself before all those who stood by him, and he cried, “Remove every man from before me.” And there stood no man with him, while Joseph made …

Family Parsha Parshat Balak: The Value of Privacy

Many people who are very careful to respect other people’s property sometimes fail to respect something even more important: another person’s privacy. When the Jewish people were traveling through the desert on the way to the land of Israel, they camped together in thousands of tents. Yet they made …

Family Parsha Parshat Kedoshim: Behave With Dignity

A story to share with the entire family. Some things are totally fine to do. Others we know are definitely wrong. But not everything is so “black and white.” What should we do when we find ourselves in questionable situation that, while not exactly “wrong,” call on us to behave in an undignified way …

Family Parsha Parshat Re’eh: Everyone Deserves Respect

In our story, a kid gets a powerful lesson in what makes someone respectable. “FOOT-IN-MOUTH SOUP” “Maybe you ought to tie this chicken down onto the plate, because it’s so undercooked I’m afraid it’s going to jump up and run away!”

Family Parsha Parshat Naso: Enjoy Life! – aishcom

Life’s meant to be enjoyed. This week’s Torah portion disapproves of someone purposely depriving himself of enjoyment (Num. 6:11,Rashi). The Torah way is to enjoy and appreciate God’s beautiful world.

Family Parsha Parshat Vayishlach: Dealing with Bullies

After escaping from the wicked Laban, Jacob and his family face another challenge. To get home, they must first pass through the land of Esau, Jacob’s violent brother. As Jacob well knows, Esau has been plotting to kill him for many years. So Jacob prepares a brilliant three-part plan that teaches …

Family Parsha Parshat Korach: The Right Reason

In our story, a girl comes to grips with the power of rationalization. “TAKING THE CAKE” “Hmm … 66 divided by 6…” thought Dianne Haber distractedly, as she tried to plow her way through her math homework.

Aish Privacy Policy

Judaism – one stop for everything Jewish, Jewish Holidays, Israel News, Holocaust Studies, Jewish Spirituality, Weekly Torah Portion, Western Wall Camera, Aish …

Parshat Rosh Hashanah: Family Parsha Rosh Hashana 5764

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is the time we proclaim God as our King. This means more than just recognizing Him as an all-powerful ‘dictator’ who can force us to do what He wants. It means that He is a king in the finest sense, a wise and loving leader who deeply cares for our well being, and …

Family Parsha Parshat Vayigash: Shame On Nobody

We may get mad and want to give whoever made us mad a piece of our mind, but before we let it fly, we should think about this week’s Torah Portion and how careful we must be not to shame anyone in front of others. The powerful Joseph is about to reveal his true identity to his brothers who had sold …

Torah Teasers Parshat Bo – aish.com

1. Aside from the actual plague of darkness, when else does the land of Egypt become dark? During the plague of locusts, the swarm covers the entire sky, darkening the entire land (Exodus 10:15). 2. In what context is an “east wind” mentioned in this parsha? Where else in the book of Exodus is an …

Mile High Torah Parshat Bamidbar: Every One Counts

Rabbi Menachem Lehrfield is the Director of the Jewish Outreach Initiative, a bold initiative that is taking Denver by storm.. Rabbi Lehrfield received his M.Ed from Loyola University, Chicago and received two rabbinic ordinations from Yeshivas Beis Yisroel in Jerusalem and Rabbi Zalman Nechemia Goldberg, the former Cheif Justice of the Jerusalem High Court.

Parsha Point Parshat Tzav: Take Out the Garbage

First discard yesterday’s garbage, then tackle the day. One of the misconceptions people have about Judaism is the Jewish view of guilt. Interestingly, if the guilt motivates us to change and improve, it can play a crucial role in our lives and in our relationship with God. What the Torah does not …

Family Parsha Parshat Yitro: Dignified Inside and Out

The way we act and dress says a lot about who we are. This week’s Torah portion (Ex. 20:23) instructs the Jewish Cohanim/priests to be sure to dress and walk modestly in the holy tabernacle to show it respect. So, too, when we dress and behave in a modest, dignified way, we show that we respect …

Family Parsha Parshat Ki Tavo: The Power of Joy – aish.com

In our story, a kid discovers the power of joy. “TURNING THE TABLES” This yucky job is going to take forever, Debbie sighed to herself as she gathered up the plates and silverware from the one of the long tables of the camp’s dining hall. At her camp, they believed it was good for the campers to help out, so they gave everyone a few chores to do.