B’Shalach – The Six Hundred Chariots

The recounting of Paraoh’s change of heart and pursuit of the Jews, begins with a description of the forces he chooses to take with him. As the Pasuk says[1]: And he made ready his chariots, and took his people with him. And he took six hundred chosen chariots, and all the chariots of Egypt, and…

B’Shalach – On Wings of Eagles

As I sit on an airplane contemplating this week’s Parsha it became obvious what should be the topic. When we leave Egypt the Pasuk says that we travelled from Ramses to Sukkos, six hundred thousand men aside from children[1]. As Rashi[2] quotes the Pasuk from Yisro, this was done as if on the wings of…

Va’Era – Shechin- Boils

In this week’s Parsha we begin the recounting of the Makot. The Makot are not only a way to destroy Egypt and have Klal Yisroel leave, because if so it would be much simpler to just wipe out Egypt and let the Jews go in one simple act. Obviously there is some process here that…

Hillel and the Snow

יומא דף לה/ב לעני אומרים לו מפני מה לא עסקת בתורה אם אומר עני הייתי וטרוד במזונותי אומרים לו כלום עני היית יותר מהלל אמרו עליו על הלל הזקן שבכל יום ויום היה עושה ומשתכר בטרעפיק חציו היה נותן לשומר בית המדרש וחציו לפרנסתו ולפרנסת אנשי ביתו פעם אחת לא מצא להשתכר ולא הניחו שומר…

The Threshing Floor of Atad- Mazal Tov

This is a bit late and not complete, since we would like to wish a Mazal Tov to our children Shira and Avi on the birth of a boy this Monday. In this week’s Parsha we learn about the funeral of Yakov Avinu. The Torah spends a number of Pesukim describing the details of the…