Parshas Eikev – Always New Clothes

In this week’s Parsha we are told again about many of the miracles that HaShem did for Klal Yisroel in the desert. Aside from the major miracles, the Manna, the well, and the Clouds of Glory; there were others. As the Pasuk says : Your clothes did not get ruined from upon you, and your…

VaEschonon Entering Eretz Yisroel

There are many places in the Tanach where we find very powerful Tefilos. Starting from Avrohom for Sedom, Yitzchok and Rivka for children, Moshe after the sins of Klal Yisroel, and Shomo and Ezra at the dedications of the Batei Mikdosh come to mind. Above all is Tehilim, the expression of Dovid HaMelech’s essence of…

A Midrash for Tisha B’Av

The Duke of Arabia at the Churban- An Elucidation of the Midrash This is a part of the Midrash Rabbah which describes how Rabban Yochanan ben Zakai escaped the destruction of Jerusalem. This is well known from the Gemarra in Gittin, but there are some other aspects to the incident here. The generals of Vespasian…

The Power of the Kotel

לא תבושי ולא תכלמי. מה תשתוחחי ומה תהמי. בך יחסו עניי עמי. ונבנתה עיר על תלה: In the Tefila of Friday night in Lecha Dodi, we ask that: In You the poor of our nation trust, and let the city be built on its תל (hill). The source for this is a Pasuk in Yirmiyahu…

Devarim- Surrounding Eisav

As Bnei Yisroel approach the land of Eisav, Har Seir, Moshe tells them : It is enough that you are travelling around Har Seir, turn towards the north. There is a Midrash on this Pasuk that defines the word ‘north’ in its other meaning in Hebrew- to hide. And Moshe is telling the Jewish people…