When the leaders of the tribes of Reuven and Gad approach Moshe and ask his blessing to settle in the lands east of the Jordan River, Moshe is aghast. He saw a great spiritual failing on the part of Reuven and Gad whose relationship and commitment to the land of Israel was apparently so conditional. […]
This week’s Torah portion describes some very random stories – like another census of the nation, and the daughters of Zelophehad appealing to Moses for a portion of land. Then, suddenly, the stories culminate with God telling Moses about his pending death. Why does the Torah group all of these stories together, and does it […]
Meir Elkabas (Breslov Research Institute) discusses this week’s Torah portion, Parshat Pinchas with insights from Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, who explains that just like Pinchas acted boldly and stood up for Hashem’s honor, we too may have times in our lives where we have to stand up and risk it all for the sake of […]
This week, we ask an incredibly broad question: What is the purpose of the nation of Israel in this world? To answer this, Rabbi Fohrman points out a fascinating connection between the three blessings Balaam (accidentally) gives the nation of Israel and the three blessings God gives to Abraham in Genesis. These links, Rabbi Fohrman […]
Chaim Kramer discusses the weekly Torah portion, Parshat Chukat. We learn that the ashes of the parah adama (the red heifer) make the pure impure and the impure pure, a concept that Rebbe Nachman explains in Likutey Moharan 55. The discussion continues with the story of Moshe Rabbeinu striking the rock; Moshe coming to the […]
Who would write such negative, detrimental, and destructive descriptions of the Jewish people? (from aish.com) The authorship of the Torah has one of two possibilities: either God wrote it, or a human being wrote it. Let’s take for argument’s sake the side that a human being wrote it. If so, we discover a very strange […]
This week, we read about the tragic sin of the spies. It’s a very frustrating story. Every time we read it, just as the spies are about to give their report, we want to scream out, “NO – DON’T DO IT!” How could they have doubted God? How could they have sinned so egregiously? (Aleph […]
Meir Elkabas discusses this week’s Torah portion, Parshat Shelach. Reb Meir explains the holiness of the Land of Israel, and how a Jew should strive to truly come to the Holy Land, live as Jew, and become a part of the land.
Chaim Kramer discusses the weekly Torah portion, Parshat Shelach, and explains how lashon hara, negative talk, slander against other people and the spies complaints and bad reports against the Land of Israel, sowed destruction, and gives examples relevant today, especially the news media.
(from: www.ou.org) The fourth book of the Torah in Hebrew is called Bamidbar, meaning, “in the desert”. In English however it is called “Numbers”, which as we shall see is a serious misnomer. On memorial days in Israel, whether for victims of the Holocaust or for soldiers who have fallen is Israel’s wars, one often […]
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