Parshas Devarim – Four Variations on Yehoshua

Download in Word This week we begin Sefer Devarim, which the last soliloquy of Moshe, and the Sefer of transitions; from the desert to Eretz Yisroel, and the leadership of Moshe to that of Yehoshua. At the end of this week’s Parsha, we find that Moshe exhorts Klal Yisroel to continue the conquest of Eretz…

Parshas Pinchas – The Cehuna of Pinchas

Download as Word The Parsha begins with the ramifications of the end of last week’s Parsha. Pinchas has executed Zimri for cohabiting with a gentile woman. The punishment is not through Beis Din, but a special law of Kanaim Pogin Bo- those who are desirous of the honor of HaShem can smite him. Since this…

The Seridei Aish on Churban

Below is an adaptation/translation of one of the essays in the fourth volume of the שרידי אש. These essays by the great and unusual Gaon, Rav Yechiel Yakov Weinberg, the student of איק Alter of Slobodka, and the dean of the Hildesheimer Rabbinical Seminary in Berlin, are breathtaking in their penetrating analysis of Jewish history,…

Parshas Balak – Bnei Shes

Download as Word There is an unusual use of the name of one of the early progenitors of mankind in the Berachos of Bilam. He says that the Moshiach will come and uproot all the sons of Shes[1]. Shes as we know is the son of Adam, the father of Enosh. What does this Pasuk…