Parashat Mishpatim


Should men quarrel and a man strike his fellow man... he shall pay for his loss of time, and he shall pay for his cure. The additional context "should men quarrel" is immaterial to the law. It was mentioned to teach us, says the Midrash, that "no good or peace" comes from a quarrel and

Parashat Mishpatim2019-01-31T19:48:28+08:00

Parashat Yitro


In advising Moshe to choose people to help him, Yitro told him to look for four qualities. His selection should be ...capable, God-fearing men, truthful men, haters of bribes. And yet Moshe only chose capable men from all Israel. What happened to the other three qualities? Ibn Ezra explains that the other qualities are matters

Parashat Yitro2019-01-24T15:24:40+08:00

Parashat Beshalach


And the people murmured against Moses, saying , "What shall we drink?" And he cried out to the LORD, and the LORD showed him a tree, and he flung it into the water, and the water turned sweet. There did He placed a statute and law...Which "statute and law" was taught? Abravanel says that God

Parashat Beshalach2019-01-17T16:17:35+08:00

Parashat Bo


Pharaoh hastened to call to Moses and to Aaron, and he said, "I have offended before the LORD your God and before you. And now, forgive, pray, my offense, just this time, and entreat the LORD your God...Pharaoh first mentions that he's sinned against God and only then does he mention his sin against Moses

Parashat Bo2019-01-10T21:35:40+08:00

Parashat Va’era


Moses was eighty years, and Aaron eighty three years, when they spoke to Pharaoh. Usually Aaron is portrayed as a spokesperson who is second to Moses: God told Moses...your brother Aaron will be your prophet And yet among yeshiva students there is an aphorism "if you can't explain it, you don't know it." The person

Parashat Va’era2019-01-03T17:30:45+08:00
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