Parshas Shoftim – Eglah Arufah

Download as Word The Halacha of Eglah Arufah has many unusual aspects. The process itself is unusual, and its placement in the Torah is irregular. There seems to be much to learn and try to understand here. In the middle of the various Halachos of warfare, we are taught what to do if a corpse…

ParShas Reeh – Seeking the Bais HaMikdosh

Download as Word In this week’s Parsha – Re’eh – we continue the Haftoros of the seven weeks of Nechama. This is seen also in the many Mitzvoth that concern the transfer from the Mishkon in the desert to the Bais HaMikdosh in Eretz Yisroel. The most basic is the Mitzvah to build a permanent…

Parshas Eikev – The Missing Gibor

Download as Word This week’s Parsha contains a number of sections that are integral to Tefilah. The most famous is the second paragraph of Shema. But we also find part of the first Bracha of Shemoneh Esreh – HaGadol HaGibor Ve’Hanora[1] –  which has a fascinating history. The first Bracha of Shemoneh Esreh is Avos-…

Parshas VaEschonon – The Echad of Rabbi Akiva

With thanks to my Chavrusa R’ Uri, with whom I learnt these ideas together. Download as Word In this week’s Parsha, VaEschonon, we are taught both the second teaching of the Aseres HaDibros, and Krias Shema. This is the first time in Torah Shbichtav that the Krias Shema appears. I would like to focus on…