Rosh HaShanah – The Talis of HaShem

Download as Word There is something unusual about the Jewish calendar. The original Rosh HaShana, when Adam was created, was on a Friday. But when Chazal instituted a fixed calendar, we say that Rosh HaShanah can never come out on a Friday[1]. This is in order that we do not have Shabbos followed by Yom…

Parshas Nitzavim – The Matzevah

Download as Word In Parshas Nitzavim, which is always read before Rosh Hashanah[1], Rashi is bothered by the meaning of the first words of the Parsha. What exactly does it mean “You are standing before HaShem”? He teaches us a number of explanations, and later in the Parsha, Rashi returns to explain this[2], and brings…

Parshas Ki Tavo – Let the Curses of the Year End

Download as Word In the Gemarra in Megilah[1] this week’s Parsha has a unique designation “The Curses of Mishnah Torah”. This is in contrast to Parshas Bechukosai which is called the “The Curses of Torat Cohanim”. There are three Halachos that are relevant to the various curses. They are read as unit; one does not…

Parshas Ki Teteze – The Tzara’as of Miriam

Download as Word In this week’s Parsha we return to an incident at the end of Parshas B’Haoloscha. We are commanded to be careful of the Halachos of Tzora’as, and mind the decisions of the Cohanim[1]. We are then commanded to remember the incident of Miriam, as a reminder to not speak Lashon Hara. What…

Parshas Shoftim – Eglah Arufah

Download as Word The Halacha of Eglah Arufah has many unusual aspects. The process itself is unusual, and its placement in the Torah is irregular. There seems to be much to learn and try to understand here. In the middle of the various Halachos of warfare, we are taught what to do if a corpse…

ParShas Reeh – Seeking the Bais HaMikdosh

Download as Word In this week’s Parsha – Re’eh – we continue the Haftoros of the seven weeks of Nechama. This is seen also in the many Mitzvoth that concern the transfer from the Mishkon in the desert to the Bais HaMikdosh in Eretz Yisroel. The most basic is the Mitzvah to build a permanent…

Parshas Eikev – The Missing Gibor

Download as Word This week’s Parsha contains a number of sections that are integral to Tefilah. The most famous is the second paragraph of Shema. But we also find part of the first Bracha of Shemoneh Esreh – HaGadol HaGibor Ve’Hanora[1] –  which has a fascinating history. The first Bracha of Shemoneh Esreh is Avos-…