Parashat Naso


After telling us that the chiefs of the twelve tribes each offered a silver bowl and basin and golden ladle to the Tabernacle, the Torah adds: This is the dedication offering of the altar on the day of its anointing from the chieftains of Israel: twelve silver bowls, twelve silver basins, twelve golden ladles…(Numbers 7:84)

Parashat Naso2023-05-31T22:29:46+08:00

Shavuot 5783-2023


Outside of Israel, we read the Scroll of Ruth on the second day of Shavuot. This year, the second day of Shavuot occurs on Shabbat and so we will read the Book of Ruth on Shabbat. Interestingly, where Purim coincides with Shabbat we don’t read the Scroll of Esther on Shabbat and when Rosh HaShanna

Shavuot 5783-20232023-05-24T17:40:49+08:00

Parashat Bamidbar, Shabbat Mevarechim


What we call Bamidbar is also called the Book of Numbers. This is on account of the census at the book’s opening and near the end. At the opening census we read: Count the heads of all the community of the Israelites by their clans, by their fathers’ houses…And with you let there be a

Parashat Bamidbar, Shabbat Mevarechim2023-09-09T06:46:00+08:00

Parashat Behar-Bechukotai


If you go by My statutes and keep My commands and do them…On this verse, the Ohr HaHayim offers forty-two interpretations. Why did the Ohr HaHayim choose this verse to display his interpretative prowess? The Biblical word for “statutes” is hukim and in our tradition it signifies laws that don’t make sense. Perhaps the greatest

Parashat Behar-Bechukotai2023-05-10T19:30:27+08:00

Parashat Emor


And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the Israelites, and you shall say to them: ‘These are the fixed times of the LORD which you shall call sacred gatherings. Our parasha lays out our Festivals. However, neither in our parasha or anywhere else in the Bible, do we find a connection between the

Parashat Emor2023-09-09T06:46:19+08:00
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