Parshas Pinchas – The Cehuna of Pinchas

Download as Word The Parsha begins with the ramifications of the end of last week’s Parsha. Pinchas has executed Zimri for cohabiting with a gentile woman. The punishment is not through Beis Din, but a special law of Kanaim Pogin Bo- those who are desirous of the honor of HaShem can smite him. Since this…

The Seridei Aish on Churban

Below is an adaptation/translation of one of the essays in the fourth volume of the שרידי אש. These essays by the great and unusual Gaon, Rav Yechiel Yakov Weinberg, the student of איק Alter of Slobodka, and the dean of the Hildesheimer Rabbinical Seminary in Berlin, are breathtaking in their penetrating analysis of Jewish history,…

Parshas Balak – Bnei Shes

Download as Word There is an unusual use of the name of one of the early progenitors of mankind in the Berachos of Bilam. He says that the Moshiach will come and uproot all the sons of Shes[1]. Shes as we know is the son of Adam, the father of Enosh. What does this Pasuk…

Parshas Chukas – The Copper Snake

Download as Word In this week’s Parsha there are many fundamental concepts and momentous events that shape Klal Yisroel’s future. But there is one event that is mentioned, but does not seem to get its due, because of the overwhelming amount of other issues in this week’s Parsha. That is the miraculous of the punishment…

Parshas Korach – Korach’s Questions

Download as Word This week’s Parsha discusses the archetype of all argument; which in Pirkei Avos is also described in the same way[1]; that which was started by Korach. Rashi says based on Chazal[2] that Korach began the argument by asking Moshe one question: A Talit that is all Techeles, does it require Tztzis? In…

Parshas Shelach – The Imagination of the Meraglim

As a Refuah Sheleimah for Bracha Golda bas Devorah Basha, and Dovid Ari ben Freidel, Besoch Sha’ar Cholei Yisroel. Download as Word Parshas Shelach revolves around the tragedy of the Meraglim. There are many ways to explain their mistake, and each is correct and teaches us a lesson. But, I would like to try to…

Parshas BeHaloscha – The Power of the Leviim

Download as Word The beginning of this week’s Parsha continues the discussion of the various aspects of the Leviim. We are taught how Aharon is to consecrate them[1], and then the ages of the beginning and end of their service[2]. These two ideas are clearly interrelated, and I would like to try to clarify certain…