In this week’s parsha (Exodus 21:1-24:18) we are in the midst of two of the most well known and epic stories in the entire Tanach: Revelation at Sinai and the Sin of the Golden Calf. The Israelites experience their highest high and their lowest low, all within the same few verses. However, smack in the […]
The promise for long life only comes from two commandments: honoring your parents and sending away a mother bird before taking her young. What’s the common denominator here? In this week’s Torah portion, Rabbi Fohrman brings new light to this strange commandment and explains why its reward is long life. Check out more Torah […]
In this parsha we learn mitzvot about the Land of Israel, a land with “strings attached.” The idea of the mitzvot of Eretz Yisrael is there to remind us that Hashem is in charge, not us.
We’ve finally started traveling in the desert. . . and the people immediately complain? Did they suddenly forget that they had just been so close with God? And how can we understand, and relate, to this seemingly ungrateful, chutzpadik nation? Check out more Torah videos at www.alephbeta.org/
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 […]
This Blog is compiled from Parashat and Haftorat Balak:
Parahah from TORAH: NUMBERS 22:2-25
Haftorah from PROPHETS: MICAH 5:6-6:8
In Jewish synagogue services the Torah is read in 52 weekly Parashot sections consecutively every year. The insight of the Jewish Sages in having paired up each Parashah with a section from the Prophetic books of the Tanach is astounding. This becomes evident from the fact that this pairing up does not change annually and it is eerie how these readings are ever so often echoed by leading international news events of that same week to confirm the accuracy of Bible prophecy. In general, These Haftorahs encapsulate and expound on the theme of the Parshah for the week.
Unfortunately, while commentaries on the Parashot abound weekly (on Internet these days), reviews of the Haftorot do not receive the same prominence generally. Haftorat Balak this week (from the book of the Prophet Micah), has a specially important concluding Message for the Time that we are living in.
Adapted by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks; From the teachings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe Published and copyrighted by Kehot Publication Society https://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/110663/jewish/Torah-Studies-Devarim.htm CAUTIONARY NOTE: The author and publisher of this commentary is not associated with KOL HATOR Vision and may not share the same convictions that KOL HATOR Web Site proclaims. We have selected this publication for its […]
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