Parashat Noach


Rashi famously writes that Noah did not fully believe that God would bring a flood and refused to enter the ark until the waters pushed him inside This is troubling. God called Noah a perfectly righteous person, so how could Rashi write that Noah didn't believe a flood was coming? Some explain that Noah believed

Parashat Noach2019-10-31T17:19:29+08:00

Parashat Bereshit


And the man said, "The woman whom you gave by me, she gave me from the tree, and I ate."...And the woman said, "The serpent beguiled me and I ate." The Midrash imagines that Adam and Eve had no remorse. It reads their response as referring to the future - not just I ate the forbidden fruit

Parashat Bereshit2019-10-24T21:19:35+08:00

Shabbat Chol Hamoed Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret, Simchat Torah


Sukkot is known as zeman simhateinu, "the time of our rejoicing". There is a disagreement whether the Sukkah represents God's clouds of glory that protected us in the desert or whether it represents a hut that we built for ourselves. What's the great joy in remembering a hut that our ancestors built? God miraculously saved

Shabbat Chol Hamoed Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret, Simchat Torah2019-10-17T18:06:23+08:00

Parashat Ha’azinu


"Rabbi Elazar said: Those on the path to perform a mitzva are not susceptible to harm; neither when they go nor when they return." The reason they're not even susceptible to harm on their return is because even after one does a mitzva the aura of the mitzvaenvelops them. R. Zaitchik connects this idea to

Parashat Ha’azinu2019-10-10T19:54:53+08:00

Parashat Vayelech


The Shabbat between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur is referred to as Shabbat Shuva, the"Shabbat of Return." It is named so on account of the opening verse of the Haftara Turn back, O Israel, until you reach the LORD your God...R. Aharon of Karlin would teach the verse this way: each person has a little

Parashat Vayelech2019-10-04T15:46:52+08:00
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