Parshas Bo – The Three Bechoros

Download as Word In Makas Bechoros all the first born in Egypt, including those who were not Egyptians, were killed. Among those who were not actual Egyptians, there are three groups whom it seems should not be punished. They are the Bechoros of the servants, the captives, and the animals. I would like to examine…

Parshas Shemos – The Oldest Donkey

Download as Word This week’s Parsha begins to teach us about the leadership of Moshe. Moshe escapes execution in Mitzrayim, and runs away to Midian, where he marries Tziporah. He is then commanded by HaShem to return to Mitzrayim, to redeem Klal Yisroel. Moshe packs up his family and begins the journey. In the context…

Parshas VaYigash – The End of the Famine

Download as Word At the end of this week’s Parsha, Yakov and his family descend to Mitzrayim. Aside from the beginning of the Galus for Klal Yisroel, there are major ramifications for the country of Egypt. The famine is now entering its third year, and the population have exhausted all of their resources. They beseech…

Chanukah and Money

Download as Word The Rambam begins Hilchos Chanukah with the following description of the oppression of the Jews by the Greeks: רמב”ם הלכות חנוכה פרק ג – (א) בבית שני כשמלכו יון גזרו גזרות על ישראל ובטלו דתם ולא הניחו אותם לעסוק בתורה ובמצות ופשטו ידם בממונם ובבנותיהם ונכנסו להיכל ופרצו בו פרצות וטמאו הטהרות…

Chanukah and Yosef- Serving HaShem with Life

Download as Word There is a specific Midah that is crucial to a person living a fulfilling of Avodas HaShem. That is to be alive, and always be renewed. This is found both in the VaYeshev, and in the concept of Chanukah. The word Chanukah means to dedicate something that is newly built. Since we…