The Nechama of Va’Eschonon

The beginning of this week’s Parsha is the basis of one of my favorite Sefarim, the Megaleh Amukos, written by Rabbi Nasan Nata Shapiro of Krakow. We are accustomed to hearing the Chazal that there are seventy aspects to the Torah[1] but very rarely do we actually see this. In this sefer, we are taught…

Tu B’Av

The Mishnah at the end of Taanit tells us that there are two days which are the happiest days in the year of the Jewish people. These days are Yom Kippur and the fifteenth day of Av, when the young women go out and are ‘Mecholot’ in the vine yards[1]. Usually ‘Mecholot’ is translated as…

Parshas Bila’am The Sefer of Bila’am

Download Word In the context of understanding this week’s Parsha I would like to bring four places in Chazal where Bila’am is mentioned and try to understand them and what is taking place in the Parsha. The first is an unusual Gemarra in Bava Basra[1] which says: Who wrote the Tanach? — Moshe wrote his…