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PERASHA EMOR

05/17/2024 12:25:47 PM

May17

Tremendous power

"Hillel said, do not detach yourself from the public…" (Pirkei Avot, Ch. 2)

The holy book Noam Elimelech (Dvarim) explains that the source of Jewish souls in Heaven is called "All of Israel" and it says "the reason that before we perform a Mitzvah or pray we say "Lishem yichud Kudsha… bishem kol Yisrael…." Is because there...Read more...

PERASHA KEDOSHIM

05/10/2024 10:40:22 AM

May10

Mi Sheberach

"... and love your neighbor's well-being as your own..." (19,18)

The Aruch Hashulchan wrote that when a person hears that they are announcing a "Mi Sheberach for someone else he should answer Amen and thereby he fulfills the mitzvah of "love your neighbor's well -being as your own."

Hagaaon...Read more...

PERASHA ACHREI MOT

05/03/2024 01:23:02 PM

May3

Extorting and stealing

"You shall not extort that which is due to your neighbor neither steal from him…." (19,13)

Many wonder why specifically at the loftiest time of the year, on Yom Kippur when we say the Neila prayer, we pray "so that we cease extorting with our hands".

We have countless sins that we should stop, why do we ask...Read more...

SHABBAT PESACH

04/26/2024 01:08:32 PM

Apr26

"… and put them upon the head of the he-goat and send them off by a man who had ere this been prepared for it into the wilderness. (16,21)

Kindness

Concerning this we learn in Masechta Succah: "The Mokirei Yerushalaim (=the distinguished men of Jerusalem) used to escort him (=they escorted the one who brought the he-goat to the wilderness)) up...Read more...

PERASHA TAZRIA METZORA

04/19/2024 12:51:52 PM

Apr19

"And on the eighth day… his foreskin shall be circumcised." (12,3)

His kikar in his hand

Our Rabbis ob'm said: Rabbi Yitzchak said, Rabbi Ami said: When a male comes to the world, his kikar is in his hand. The word male- "זכר" alludes to "זה כר"- i.e. every boy is born with his kar – his loaf of bread – his livelihood in his...Read more...

PERASHA TAZRIA

04/12/2024 02:43:50 PM

Apr12

"Then shall the Kohen command to take for him that is to be purified – two living pure birds..." (14,4)

The plagues come for slander

"Because the plagues come for slander which is like the chatter of birds.” (Rashi)

Two girls sat on a bus from Yerushalim to Bnei Brak and spoke slander about their friend who...Read more...

PERASHA SHEMINI

04/05/2024 01:28:58 PM

Apr5

"… Do this thing which G-d has commanded and the Glory of G-d will show itself unto you." (9,6)

In which direction?

Rabbi Moshe Elyakim of Kozhnitz related: Rabbi Zusha of Anipoli once came to a crossroads and did not in which direction to turn. He looked to see in which direction the Holy Name of G-d was hovering in front of his eyes and then continued in that...Read more...

PERASHA TZAV-SHABBAT PARAH

03/29/2024 11:09:43 AM

Mar29

"Command Aharon and his sons, this is the teaching of the elevating offering, It is the elevating offering…"(6,2)

Lack of money/covering

On the verse "Command Aharon and his sons saying this is the teaching of the elevating offering…" Rashi explained per the Medrash Torat Cohanim "Command is only used to hasten. Rabbi Shimon said, the verse...Read more...

PERASHA VAYIKRA-ZACHOR

03/22/2024 11:07:13 AM

Mar22

"… if a man of you would bring an offering near unto G-d…" (1,2)

Not from theft

It says, "Your sacrifice should be similar to the offering of Adam Harishon. Just as Adam Harishon who owned everything did not bring an offering from theft or from robbery, so you too…. do not bring an offering from theft or from robbery. (Vayikra Rabba)

We must understand. Why do we have to learn the prohibition of bringing an offering from thievery from an allusion learned from the words? There is an explicit verse (in Yeshaya): "For I G-d love judgment, I hate robbery with burnt offerings".Read more...

PERASHA PEKUDEI

03/15/2024 11:21:14 AM

Mar15

"These are the schedules of the Tabernacle המשכן the Tabernacle of the Testimony העדות משכן which were listed according to the command of Moshe…" (38, 21)

Why hasn't He returned it?

Rashi asks – Why does it say משכן twice?  And he answers – This is an allusion to the Temple that was pawned נתמשכן by the two...Read more...

VAYAKEL PIKUDEI - ROSH HAHODESH

03/08/2024 10:59:20 AM

Mar8

"And Moshe erected the Tabernacle…" (40,18)

I fell and I stood up

Our Sages ob'm say on the verse in the Torah (Bamidbar) "And it came to pass on the day that Moshe finished setting up the Tabernacle…" that it does not say "on the day Moshe set up the Tabernacle" to teach us that for all the seven days of the Miluim Moshe would erect the...Read more...

PERASHA KI TISA

02/23/2024 11:16:26 AM

Feb23

"This shall they give, every one that passes over to the counted ones, half a shekel in the weights of the Sanctuary…."

A coin of fire

Rashi writes here per the Midrash: "Hashem showed Moshe a likeness of a coin of fire whose weight was half a shekel and said to him: Thus, shall they give. Sages in Israel ask – Why did G-d show Moshe a coin...Read more...

PERASHA TERUMA

02/16/2024 11:08:08 AM

Feb16

''....spices for anointing oil and for the incense of aromatic spices.'' (5, 6)

Atonement for sins

"Something hidden (the Ketoret- Incense) shall come and atone for a hidden deed  (= slander)."

Concerning the service of the Cohen Gadol on Yom Kippur we learn in the gemmara (Yuma) "And it shall atone for...Read more...

PERASHA MISHPATIM

02/09/2024 10:31:25 AM

Feb9

And these are the ordinances… you shall place before them"  (21,1)

In good faith

 Rashi says on the spot that when we read ...''And these'' it means that the Torah wants us to know that these ordinances are in addition to the utterances that were given in the monumental event of the receiving of the Torah; this is to say that the...Read more...

PERASHA YITRO

02/02/2024 11:24:51 AM

Feb2

"And all the people were seeing the sounds... and the nation saw and they trembled and stood afar off."

"The people were seeing" or "he saw"

On this verse the Sar Shalom of Belz asks: Why does the verse begin in the plural "were seeing" and end in the singular "he saw"?

In order to explain this question. the...Read more...

PERASHA BESHALCH

01/26/2024 12:05:12 PM

Jan26

Revelation of the Crown

"G-d will fight… and you – hold your peace." (14,14)

On the verse in our Parsha "G-d said to Moshe wherefore do you cry…speak unto the Children of Israel that they go forward" the holy Zohar explains that at the splitting of the Red Sea the conduct of Crown (כתר) (Keter) of G-d the King of the Universe was...Read more...

PERASHA BO

01/19/2024 12:03:11 PM

Jan19

``And remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt when G-d your G-d brought you out from there… therefore G-d your G-d commanded you to fulfill the Shabbat day." (Dvarim 5, 15)

The sale of Yosef

It is brought in the holy books that the reason that we make the blessing on two breads on Shabbat is to remedy the sin of selling Yosef. The source thereof is the new...Read more...

PERASHA VA'EIRA

01/12/2024 12:44:02 PM

Jan12

"And G-d (Elokim) spoke to Moshe and said... I am G-d." (6,2)

 The Trait of Judgment

 On the words written at the beginning of the Parsha "And G-d (Elokim) spoke to Moshe and said... I am G-d" the Kisei Rachamim explains that here G-d spoke to Moshe with the Trait of Judgment. For every place that says Elokim aludes to the Trait of Judgment, and certainly when it...Read more...

PERASHA SHEMOT

01/05/2024 12:19:21 PM

Jan5

"I shall be that which I Will be." "אהיה אשר אהיה" (3,14)

To see the light amidst the dark

The fact that G-d's Name comes from the words "אהיה אשר אהיה" comes to allude to us that He acts from Above with people as a person acts in This World Below. (Rabbi P. Friedman)

We have learned from...Read more...

PERASHA VAYECHI

12/29/2023 12:33:05 PM

Dec29

"Through Asher, his food is rich שמנה לחמו ...he delivers royal dainties." (49,20)

The assistance of Asher son of Yakov

In the sefer Medrash Talpiot a wonderful idea is brought in the name of the Ari'zl that Asher the son of Yakov studied Torah and Mishnah more than his brothers and therefore, in the merit of his learning, he merited...Read more...

PERASHA VAYGASH

12/22/2023 10:28:21 AM

Dec22

The right order

"Then Yehuda came near unto him and said, O my Lord..." (44, 18)

He came near to pray (Breshit Rabba)

The Grand Rabbi, Rabbi Yechiel of Galina, the son-in-law of the Divrei Chaim of Sanz said:

This verse alludes to that which is said in the Gemara (Brachot): "A person should first arrange his praises to G-d and thereafter pray".

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PERASHA MIKETZ

12/15/2023 11:16:17 AM

Dec15

"...and he took Shimon from them and had him bound before their eyes."(42,24)

Jewish power

A wonderful explanation on what happened in Egypt is found in the Midrash: Yosef sent a message to Pharoh and said, "Send me seventy mighty people for I found people and I want to put them in jail". When they came he told them: "Take these chains and put...Read more...

PERASHA VAYESHEV

12/07/2023 07:03:03 PM

Dec7

"And Yisrael loved Yosef more than all his children…. and he made him an embroidered cloak - ".כתנת פסים (37, 3)

Pasim

On the words "and he made him a כתנת פסים  our Rabbis ob'm say – named for the troubles of Yosef who was sold to Potifar, merchants, Ishmaelites,...Read more...

PERASHA VAYISHLACH

12/01/2023 11:49:05 AM

Dec1

Why Seven?

The Kabbalistic Approach.

"And he himself passed before them and bowed himself… seven times until he came near to his brother." (33,3)

On that which is written in the parsha (before Yakov met with Esav) "And he himself passed before them and bowed himself… seven times until he came near to his brother" our Rabbis ob'm wonder. If a person wants to honor or appease someone, he bows before him once. Why...Read more...

PERASHA VAYETZE

11/24/2023 12:19:42 PM

Nov24

in order to remember

"…and she said this time I thank G-d therefore she called his name Judah…"(30,35)

This is surprising. Didn't Leah thank G-d for the three Tribes she merited to have until now?

The MAHRAM Shick explains; Certainly, Leah thanked G-d by her previous births but now that she merited to take more than her portion and to give birth to a fourth son to Yakov she wondered: Is...Read more...

PERASHA CHAYEI SARA

11/10/2023 10:46:10 AM

Nov10

Our Sages ob'm tell us that it is well known that the Name Perasha Chayei Sara

"… Avraham had become old and advanced in days and Hashem blessed Avraham in everything."(24, 1)

Hashem and His Court

of G-d Elokim is the Name of the Trait of Justice while the Name Hashem is Name of total Kindness and Mercy. But...Read more...

PERASHA VAYERA

11/03/2023 02:35:11 PM

Nov3

"And G-d (Elokim) spoke to Moshe and said... I am G-d." (6,2)

The Trait of Judgment

On the words written at the beginning of the Perasha  "And G-d (Elokim) spoke to Moshe and said... I am G-d" the Kisei Rachamim explains that here G-d spoke to Moshe with the Trait of Judgment. For every place that says Elokim alludes to the Trait of Judgment, and certainly when it says...Read more...

PERASHA LECH LECHA

10/27/2023 12:25:30 PM

Oct27

"And G-d said to Avraham isolate yourself from your country and from your birthplace…and I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you and I will make your name great…(12, 1-2)

Special qualities:

On the words in our Parsha Rashi explains that traveling on the road causes a reduction in three things – having children, money and a reputation- therefore he...Read more...

NOACH

10/20/2023 12:32:01 PM

Oct20

"… I have been caused to alter my decision that I made them…Noach found grace in the eyes of G-d." (6, 7-8)

Found grace

It says in the gemara "Rabbi Yishmael taught, upon Noach a decree was made (to die in the Deluge) but he found grace in the eyes of G-d."

This seems wondrous: If Noach did not deserve to be...Read more...

PERASHA BRESHIT

10/13/2023 02:04:18 PM

Oct13

“… you are cursed…and dust shall you eat all the days of your life.” (3, 14)

Lifting your eyes to Heaven

Our Sages say that by his being cursed to eat only dust, the serpent’s food is always available to him.” If he goes up to the roof – his food remains with him”. And our Sages say “If one sees a snake in a dream –(this is a...Read more...

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