Parashat Bereshit


God said "It is not good for man to be alone..." Two different interpretations are read into this verse. One is that the good that God wills for the world cannot be achieved when humans are alone, and the other is that it is not good for humans to be alone. Why is not good for

Parashat Bereshit2016-10-28T10:21:39+08:00

Shabbat Chol Hamoed Sukkot


Everything God has done aptly in its time. The Midrash counts the various things that God has allotted time for and says, even sin has an appropriate hour. The Torah Temima explains that God looks at the context of everything. What rendered the golden calf sinful was that it came on the heels of leaving Egypt and receiving the Torah. Had

Shabbat Chol Hamoed Sukkot2016-10-20T19:39:42+08:00

Parashat Ha’azinu


Sleeping in the Sukkah is something the Talmud requires. Commentators ask why we don't recite a blessing over sleeping in the Sukkah. One answer is that we can't be certain that we will fall asleep, and when in doubt we skip the blessing lest we use God's name unnecessarily. The idea that through sleep one fulfills a mitzvah is strange

Parashat Ha’azinu2016-10-13T20:52:49+08:00

Parashat Vayelech


Our Parasha opens with the words: Moses went and spoke...Where did Moshe go? To answer this question, the Ba'al HaTurim looks to the previous verse:... to dwell on the soil which the LORD your God swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob... Moshe was about to pass away and soon he would give

Parashat Vayelech2016-10-06T22:21:36+08:00
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