Parshas Noach – The Torah of Noach

Download as Word As Noach is commanded to bring the animals into the Teivah, there is a differentiation made between those which will be permitted to the Jews after Matan Torah and those which are not. From here Rashi derives[1] that Noach learnt Torah. What is the significance that the entrance of the animals to…

Sukkoth – Effort and Reward as One

Download as Word Sukkoth has a unique status among the Regalim. It is both the last of Shalosh Regalim and also culmination of the Yemei HaDin. We also find that Sukkoth is the representation in this world of the days of Mashiach[1]. Since it is both the world of complete Selichah, and the culmination of…

Yom Kippur – The Teshuva of the Klal

Download as Word One of the hallmarks of the entire Yomim Noraim period, from the beginning of Selichos till Neilah, is the recitation B’Tzibur of the Thirteen Midos. Neilah actually ends with public recitation the Midos time after time as we beseech HaShem for mercy as the awesome day draws to a close. One of…

Parshas Ha’azinu – BaRuch Shem

Download as Word The week from after Rosh HaShanah till Yom Kippur will be bookended by the phrase BaRuch Shem Kavod Malchuso L’Olam V’Ed. Yom Kippur is unique in that is the one time a year we say it not in an undertone, but out loud as a Tzibur. But the beginning of the week…

Rosh HaShanah – The Talis of HaShem

Download as Word There is something unusual about the Jewish calendar. The original Rosh HaShana, when Adam was created, was on a Friday. But when Chazal instituted a fixed calendar, we say that Rosh HaShanah can never come out on a Friday[1]. This is in order that we do not have Shabbos followed by Yom…

Parshas Nitzavim – The Matzevah

Download as Word In Parshas Nitzavim, which is always read before Rosh Hashanah[1], Rashi is bothered by the meaning of the first words of the Parsha. What exactly does it mean “You are standing before HaShem”? He teaches us a number of explanations, and later in the Parsha, Rashi returns to explain this[2], and brings…