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

Parshat Ve’etchanan

(Deuteronomy  3:23-7:11) (Haftara: Shabbat Nachamu: Isaiah 40:1-26) (Pirkay Avot, Chapter 4 ) 1. [4:7] “…listen to the laws and judgments…so you can live and come and inherit the land…” The mission of the Jews is mainly publicizing one universal God, … Continue reading

Parshat Devarim

(Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22) (Haftara: Shabbat Chazon: Isaiah 1:1-27)  (Pirkay Avot: Chapter 3) [1:13] “Get men who are wise, understanding and knowledgeable…” The first commandment that Moshe recalled is the appointment of judges and the necessity for justice, honesty and integrity. While … Continue reading

Parshat Mattot-Masay

(Numbers: 30:2-36:13) (Haftara: Jeremiah 2:4-28, 3:4, 4:1,2) (Pirkay Avot 2) [Haftara: Jeremiah , 3:4, 4:1,2] : If a haftara ends with a negative statement, then positive psukim are added. That is the purpose of the last psukim in this haftara. … Continue reading

Parshat Pinchas

(Numbers: 25:10-30:1) (Haftara: Melachim I, 18:46-19:21) [25:12] “Therefore I am giving him my covenant of peace.” The Talmud Yerushalmi tells us after Pinchas killed Zimri and Kozbi and stopped the plague, the chachamim wanted to excommunicate him. However, when they … Continue reading