The Kaneh of the Shofar

Download as word The Zohar[1] describes the Shofar as the equivalent in the structure of the Mitzvos to the trachea in the structure of the body. The Ariz”l HaKadosh[2] calls the Shofar a “tube of a reed.” The word for ‘reed’ is ‘Kaneh’ which has many parallel meanings in Lashon HaKodesh. Among the meanings is…

Ki Tavo- The Blessing of the Plowed Field

This week’s Dvar Torah began over the Atlantic Ocean, continued on the flight to Los Angeles, and completed in the Bikur Cholim apartment in Los Angeles. Hopefully it will be learnt on Friday across the world, as I am having surgery. Please keep me in mind. זאב חיים בן חיה איידעל Download as Word In…

Ke Teze – The Freeing of a Slave

Download as word In this week’s Parsha we are taught a fascinating Halacha[1]. If a servant escapes from his master and joins the Jewish people, we do not return him to his master. There are a number of opinions what type of servant and master this is referring to. Rashi brings two opinions[2], one like…

Re’eh The Rachama

Download as word In this week’s Parsha we reiterate the Kosher and non-Kosher species. As Rashi writes since most birds are Kosher, it is more efficient for the Torah to list those that are not Kosher. The Gemarra in Chulin[1] discusses the meaning of the names of the birds. One of the them is the…

The Haftorah of Eikav Eisav and the Moth

Download as Word In this week’s Haftorah, we read Yeshaya’s Nevvuah of the triumph of Klal Yisroel returning to Eretz Yisroel. But till that comes to fruition, there is a process wherein many doubt the possibility if it taking place. The Navi describes how many will disagree with him. He says that those who doubt…

Download as Word As Shabbos Tisha B’Av approaches I would like to share one idea from the Sfas Emes about the Bais HaMikdash, שיבנה במהרה. Chazal teach us that there is a parallel Mikdosh in Heaven to the one built by human hands down on earth. The Mikdash which is built by human hands, is…

The Travels of Masei

download as word Parshas Masei עיי העברים This week we finally synchronize the reading of the Torah Eretz Yisroel and Chutz La’Aretz. In Parshas Masei, we read the forty two encampments of Klal Yisroel as they travel through the desert. The Ramban explains why we need to review all of them, but I would like…