Rosh Hashana

First Day: (Genesis 21) (Shmuel I 1:1-2:10) Second Day: (Genesis 22) (Jeremiah 31:2-20) Rosh Hashana is the birthday of the world, but is also Judgment Day for the world. We blow the shofar to awaken ourselves, but we also eat … Continue reading

Parshat Netzavim-Vayelech

(Deuteronomy 29:9-31:30) (Isaiah 61:10-63:9) (Pirkay Avot Chapters 5 & 6) [30:2] “And you will return to God, and you will listen to His voice…” The Torah values someone who returns to God. The Talmud tells us that someone who returns … Continue reading

Parshat Ki Tavo

(Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8) (Haftara Isaiah 60:1-22) (Pirkei Avot Chapter 3-4) [26:13] “I have not transgressed your commandments, nor have I forgotten them”. The Sfat Emet  (Poland: 1847-1905) says that this means, “I have not transgressed your commandments, and I have been … Continue reading

Parshat Ki Tetzay

(Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19) (Haftara: Isaiah 54:1-10) (Pirkay Avot: Chapter 2) [22:1] “ …you must return them to your brother.” The matter of lost articles and their return to their owners is an important issue in halacha and in Chassidut. A complete … Continue reading

Parshat Re’eh

(Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17) (Haftara: Isaiah 54:11-55:5) (Pirkay Avot Chapter 6) [11:26] “Look, I am putting in front of you to-day…” To hear and understand something seems like a more significant activity than seeing something. Why does this parsha begin with the … Continue reading

Parshat Eke

(Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25) (Haftara: Isaiah 49:14-51:3) (Pirkay Avot Chapter 5) [7:22 ] “slowly, slowly; you cannot remove them quickly…” Here, the Torah is telling us to be patient. However, when we left Egypt, the Torah told us to move very quickly … Continue reading