The Forefathers as Forerunners of Jewish DestinyHowever we interpret Abraham’s actions, it is obvious that he didn’t leave the Land of Israel, the Land which G-d had promised to his descendants, simply because he could find chocolate-flavoured puddings cheaper in Egypt.
The Death of Evil PeopleMishnah, Sanhedrin: "The death of evil people is pleasant and beneficial for them, and pleasant and beneficial for the world.”
The Ultimate SabbathThe sequence of Yom Kippur falling on Shabbat four out of five years is extremely rare.
9th of Av: 5774Destroying the Temples affected the entire world. And how little the world has changed since that calamitous day 1,944 years ago!
CompassionPinchas exhibited compassion in a way that G-d ratified.
A Second ChanceThis Torah reading includes the quintessential second chance.
The Return of the Estranged WifeThis is the sole example where a person’s guilt or innocence is determined not by a court, not by witnesses or by evidence, but by G-d’s direct miraculous intervention.
The 6 Day War - Paradigms of MiraclesIn many ways, the Six Day War straddles the boundary between hidden miracles and revealed miracles. Both happened before our eyes. And they are still happening, but we have to look.
In the Eye of the BeholderAs long as we realize that events are not happenstance, G-d will reward and punish us according to our actions.
The Dawn of Redemption “Such is Israel’s redemption. At first it comes slowly by slowly, and as it progresses its light increases”.
A Wide-Ranging Torah Reading"Rabbi Hiyya taught that this Parashah was said in the assembly [of the entire nation] because most of the Torah’s essentials are dependent upon it."
Shabbat ZachorIn leap years (as this year), Parashat Tzav is either Shabbat Zachor (the Shabbat immediately before Purim, as this year), or else the Shabbat immediately after Purim. Parashat Tzav is connected either to Purim or to Pesach.
Elders of IsraelThree landmark events in the first redemption, the redemption from Egypt, when G-d called to Moses and then spoke to him, which were the three times when He gave honour to the Elders of Israel
Shabbat Parshat ShekalimThe Torah reading this week is Pikudei, but at the end of the reading a different chapter is read, the one on giving donations - shekalim - to the holy Temple. The Sabbath is therefore called Shabbat Shekalim.
Preparing for EternityHashem commanded Moshe to construct the Mishkan in the Sinai Desert; yet the Enumeration of the Mitzvot of the Mahara”m Hagiz clearly states that the mitzvah is “to build a Holy Temple when they enter the Land of Israel”.
We Inherit the Land Through JusticeThe weekly portion contains ordinary work-a-day laws, mundane rules which do not appear to be particularly inspiring. But they are the basis of justice.
Be An Etrog!A look at The Four Species - a look in the mirror.
Shoftim: On Jewish GovernmentThe Torah mandated, thousands of years ago, not only that the judge or judges be the peers of the litigants who stand before them, but that the officers who enforce the law also be their peers. Learn more.
Shabbat Hazon: In Our Hands, In Our HeartsParashat Dvarim, beginning with Moshe’s rebuke of the Children of Israel, is always read on the Shabbat that immediately precedes or coincides with the fast of the Ninth of Av.
Hukkat: The Pivot of HistoryThe Midrash suggests that our forty-year desert trek was not solely a punishment for the sin of the spies and of that generation.