Purim – Repealing the Decree

Download as Word In the Selichos for Tannis Esther we say[1], “The seal was made of clay, and to Balshan that was revealed; from Nineveh we learned that even after the decree, anger can be transformed. The son of Kish knocked on the doors of the school; and they wore sackcloth and sat on the…

Parshas Tezaveh – Clothes Make the Man

Download as Word The theme of this week’s Parsha, is the impact of clothing. The Torah delineates exactly what the Cohanim are to wear as they serve in the Mishkan. And if even one article of the clothing is not perfect, they are punishable by death[1]. In general, fashion failures are not so severe. This…

Parshas Terumah – The Utensils of Pure Gold

Download as Word This week’s Parsha describes in detail the construction of the Mishkan. There is a basic question about this Parsha and VaYakhel. Since the Mishkan is by definition a temporary Mitzvah, why does the Torah spend so much time on its description? There are many facets to the answer to this question, but…

Parshas Yisro –Seeing the Sounds

Download as Word This week’s Parsha is the recounting of Kabalas HaTorah. The events of that foundational experience of Klal Yisroel are indelibly inscribed in the Neshama of the nation. Therefore, we need to examine every aspect of that encounter with HaShem to understand what stamp it placed upon us. One of the more intriguing…