Parashat Ki Tetze


When a man marries a bride, he shall not go out in the army or be assigned...One may not take in collateral a hand mill...for one would be taking a life as collateral. Why do these verses follow one another? A lender may not take as collateral something that preserves an individual and gives them

Parashat Ki Tetze2017-08-31T22:01:01+08:00

Parashat Shoftim


After killing an Egyptian taskmaster, Moses found refuge with a Midianite priest and now he instructs us once more to create similar cities of refuge. Indeed, the Talmud states that all priestly and levitical cities were also cities of refuge. However, we are told that  this is the case of the murderer who will flee

Parashat Shoftim2017-08-24T18:06:57+08:00

Parashat Re’eh


One of Maimonides' principles is the immutability of the Torah, for "God's Torah is perfect" and therefore it does not change. Thus, we are commanded Everything which I shall not add to it and you shall not subtract from it. Albo disagreed and points out that the rabbinic understanding of this verse is that we are

Parashat Re’eh2017-08-17T19:22:18+08:00

Parashat Ekev


After the tragedy of Tisha b'Av, we read seven Haftarot of comfort, and this is the second of these Haftarot. In it God tells us: I have engraved you upon the palms of My hands... Malbim explains that this to mean that God always acts - even when He raises His hand - for our benefit. The Talmud imagines

Parashat Ekev2017-08-10T16:33:58+08:00

Parashat Va’etchanan


"Speak to the heart of Jerusalem" with these words of Isaiah, God comforts us after the destruction of the Temple. Shadal points out a frightening parallel. After Shechem violated Dinah, he sought to appease her with the same words: ...he loved the young woman and he spoke to the young woman's heart. The linguistic parallel between these

Parashat Va’etchanan2017-08-03T15:37:02+08:00
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