Parshas Korach – The Almond Staff

Open in word At the end of the entire Parsha of the rebellion against the Kehuna, there is something unusual in the ‘Trop’ (cantillation). The final sign that HaShem chose Aharon was that the staff of Aharon flowered, then had buds of fruit, and grew almonds, overnight. Two words in that Pasuk have a double…

A Mazal Tov and Dvar TorahThe Mekoshesh

Mazal Tov to our children Chaviva and Yehuda Rottenberg on the birth of a boy, brother to Esther. Mazal Tov to all the Great grandparents, especially Mrs. Idelle Rudman and Mrs. Sara Fishman. May we all be Zoche to see Nachas from the new addition to the family. Download as word The defining incident in…

Behaloscha – Travelling with HaShem

Download as Word to see all One of the themes of the beginning of BaMidbar is the manner Klal Yisroel travelled through the desert. We discuss the division of the Shevatim, the way they camped, where the Mishkan was, who travelled with whom, and who carried which parts of the Mishkan. In this week’s Parsha,…

Shavuos and the Lack of Tefilin

(On the advice of my Rebbe I have started organizing the writings the Sfas Emes on Tefilin, to publish it as a work on its own. This is a small part of what I have started. The ultimate work will be in Hebrew, like my other existing Sefarim on the Chagim. Obviously Tefillin shel Rosh…

Parshas Naso – The Shabbos Korban of Ephraim

Download as Word In the listing of the Korbanos of the Nesiim, the seventh Nasi is from Ephraim. Since the Nesiim began to bring their Korbanos on the first day of the week, this Korban is brought on Shabbos. In general, Korbanos are not brought on Shabbos. Only a Korban Tzibur can be brought on…

Sefer BaMidbar

As we begin Sefer BaMidabar, I would like to share the introduction of the Netziv to the Sefer[1]. Each of the Chumashim has asides the colloquial name we use, which is usually the first one of the words of the Sefer, another more descriptive name. The Netziv in his introduction to each Sefer analyzes that…

B’Har – The People, The Torah, and The Land

In this week’s Parsha we learn about the Halachos relevant to land ownership in Eretz Yisroel. They include the return of the land in Yovel- the fiftieth year; that after a sale of a piece of agricultural land the original owners have the right to redeem it; the difference in these redemption laws between land…