Parshas Massei – Moshe’s Notebook

Download as Word The name of this week’s Parsha introduces us to one of the salient points that is being taught; the journeys and encampments of Klal Yisroel through the desert. Many explanations are said as to why the Torah needs to review them, but we will try to concentrate on one aspect. The Pasuk…

Parshas Pinchas – The Transition from Moshe to Yehoshua

Download as Word In Sefer Bamidbar we travel from Har Sinai till Ever HaYarden, the entrance to Eretz Yisroel. In Pinchas, Klal Yisroel is encamped at the border of Eretz Yisroel, and the generation who are to enter the Land is eagerly awaiting the crossing of the Yarden. The Netziv explains[1] that this transition is…

Parshas Balak – The Battle against Midian

Download as Word See the new website we are on In this week’s Parsha we learn about the battle between Klal Yisroel and an alliance of two nations, Moav and Midian. But if we follow the Pesukim, there are times when the confrontation is with both together, times with Moav, and times with Midian. The…

Parshas Chukas – The Passing of Miriam

Download as Word This week’s Parsha takes us from the end of the generation that left Mitzrayim[1], to the beginning of the conquest of Eretz Yisrael, the land of Sichon and Og. As part of this journey, we also learn the Halachos of the Parah Aduma, the death of Miriam, and the disappearance and reappearance…

Parshas Korach – Their Portion of the Tamid

Download as Word In this Parsha we learn about the Machlokes that Korach and his congregation have with Moshe. Moshe exerts super human efforts to forestall the consequences of their rebellion, and humbles himself to the point of personally going to beseech them to stop. When Dasan and Aviram brazenly reject Moshe’s overtures, Moshe responds…

Parshas BeHaloscha – The Chatzatzros

Download as Word This week’s Parsha discusses the final preparations for Klal Yisroel’s journey from Har Sinai to Eretz Yisroel. The last item that needed to be prepared for the travels was a method of communicating to the entire camp the travelling instructions. To facilitate that, HaShem commands Moshe to prepare silver ‘Chatzotzros’ – trumpets[1].…