Parashat Devarim


This Shabbat we begin the fifth and final book of the Torah - Devarim. The English name for this book is Deuteronomy, "A Second Law," a translation of an additional Rabbinic name given to the book. It is a "A Second Law" because it contains Moses' restatement of the first four books of the Torah. Indeed,

Parashat Devarim2017-07-27T14:45:19+08:00

Parashat Matot-Masei


Moses spoke to the heads of the tribes of Israel and said "this is the matter that God has commanded." Whereas all the prophets began, "such is what God said," meaning the best they could do was an approximation of what God told them. Moses prophesized by saying this is what God has said - a completely perfect rendering of

Parashat Matot-Masei2017-07-20T19:34:47+08:00

Parashat Pinchas


This week's Haftara predicts: From the north disaster shall break loose...In the north was the Babylonian empire that eventually destroyed Jerusalem. The Zohar connects this verse to the practice of slaughtering sacrifices in the Temple's north - the sacrifice was offered to God but it was slaughtered north of the altar from where "disaster shall break loose." Quoting

Parashat Pinchas2017-07-14T16:08:39+08:00

Parashat Balak


A cornerstone of our faith is that the Almighty sees everything, yet we read God has beheld no harm in Jacob, and has seen no trouble in Israel. The LORD their God is with them...Rashi approvingly cites the Aramaic translation of Onkelos that renders "harm" and "trouble" as forms of idolatry. The house of Jacob has

Parashat Balak2017-07-06T17:19:11+08:00
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