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Shabbat Shalom! This week’s parshah, Tsav, focuses on rituals and sacrifices. There are no turtle sacrifices. This is for two reasons, turtles are not kosher and are spelled with a vet and not a vav. What does tsav with a vav mean? Being commanded, what else? I was thinking about completely skipping this week’s torah… Continue reading Parshah Tsav: Not to be Confused with Turtles
I apologize for this week’s d’var being delayed. I hope everyone had a restful and relaxing Shabbat. This week’s parshah, Vayikra, focused on sins, expiations, burnt offerings, and mediation through the priestly class. What do you bring, why do you bring, and to whom do you bring? These are the questions we receive clarification on… Continue reading Late Posting of Parshah Vayikra: To Err is Human, to Forgive is also Human
Shabbat Shalom! This Shabbat to close out the book of Exodus we have a double parshah composed of Vayakhel and Pekudei. Additionally, this Shabbat is known as Shabbat Parah, the Shabbat of the Red Heifer. One of the chukim, torah laws beyond human comprehension, concerns the Red Heifer. The Red Heifer was used by the… Continue reading Parshah Vayakhel-Pekudei: What Does it Mean to Observe Shabbat?
Chag Sameach! As stated in the scroll of Esther 9:28 as translated in the Stone edition Chumash, “Consequently, these days should be remembered and celebrated by every single generation, family, province, and city; and these days of Purim should never cease among the Jews, nor shall their remembrance perish from their descendants.” From this verse,… Continue reading Chag Purim: A Freilecha Purim
Shabbat Shalom! This week’s parshah title according to the Kabbalist Hayyim ben Moshe ibn Attar, also known as the Ohr HaChaim, has multiple meanings. The Ohr HaChaim states, “The word tetzaveh, "to command," also means "to connect" and "to bond." The opening pasuk of Tetzaveh is translated as, “You shall further command the Israelites to bring… Continue reading Parshah Tetzaveh: The Magic of Connection
Shabbat Shalom! This week’s parshah opens up with Moshe Rabbeinu after he has spoken with Hashem. Moshe begins by asking his constituents, bnai yisrael (the children of Israel) to give. If they are so emotionally inclined they should give what they can. RAMBAM, the famous physician and philosopher, codified eight levels of giving charity. One… Continue reading Parshah Terumah: More Than Just a Building
Shabbat Shalom! This week instead of discussing the Torah portion, I have decided to pivot and talk instead about the Haftorah. The word Haftorah itself means to conclude. The Haftorah always comes from the book of prophets. The origin of reading a Haftorah is somewhat obscure, however according to the Babylonian Talmud, Megillah 29b our… Continue reading Haftorah Mishpatim: Book of Jeremiah
Shabbat Shalom! We will begin by jumping to chapter 20 in this week’s parshah Yitro, still in the book of Exodus. This is the part of the parshah in which Hashem gives us the Ten Commandments. The Ten Commandments are a symbol that adorn the holiest places in our synagogues as a common sight upon our… Continue reading Parshah Yitro: The Popularity of the 11th Commandment