Monkeys, Satan, and Wine

This is an updated version of something from a few years aago One of the main aspects of Purim is the mitzvah of drinking wine ad dl’lo Yada, until one does not know, the difference between arur Haman and baruch Mordechai[1]. Much has been said about this, and the proper way to fulfill this mitzvah.…

Parshas Yitro – The Sons of Moshe

Download as Word The Parsha of Kaballas HaTorah begins with the reunification of Moshe with his wife and children. Rashi explains[1] that they were separated from when Moshe returned to Mitzrayim to redeem Klal Yisroel. When Moshe leaves the house of Yitro on his way there, he has his wife and children with him. They…

Parshas B’Shalach – The Silence of Bitachon

Download as Word The entire sequence of events from Moshe first coming to Klal Yisroel with the message from HaShem that they are leaving Mitzrayim all the way till Krias Yam Suf, have a very clear message. This is the message of Emunah in HaShem. He created and guides the world in every facet, both…

Parshas Bo The Physical Choshech

Download as word The plague of darkness, Choshech, was more than just a plague. It was the embodiment of what the Galus in Egypt was. The Egyptians attempted to remove all spiritual light from the world, and eradicate HaShem’s name from being mentioned, and make the world a completely physical existence. In Choshech they were…

Parshas VaEra – The Ashes of the Shechin

Download as word In Parshas Va’Era we begin of the Makos. In general, the ten plagues are to reveal the hand of HaShem in the ten aspects of creation, the Asarah Ma’amoros. But in addition, each aspect of the Makos needs to be studied to clarify why it is necessary and what we are to…

Parshas Shemos – Houses of Cohen, Levi and Malchus

In Honor of the naming of my newest granddaughter Yocheved. Download as Word In this week’s Parsha we are taught about the antecedents of Kehuna, Leviya, and Malchus. When Pharaoh commands the midwives’ of Klal Yisroel to murder the male babies as they are born, they refuse. The Pasuk describes[1] that since they feared HaShem,…

Parshas VaYechi – Chushim ben Dan

Mazal Tov to our children Temima and Dovid Marcus on the birth of their daughter. Tanchumin to all the Talmidim and those who learnt and were affected by Mori V’Rabbi R’ Moshe Shapiro ZT”L. Below are links to some Hespedim I was asked to write Article from Mishpacha Article from Kehila Megilah Download Chushim The…