Download as Word In this week’s Parsha HaShem informs Moshe of the process of his passing[1]. He informs Moshe that it will be a ‘Death by a Kiss’, and how Moshe will at least get to see Eretz Yisroel. Moshe has an overwhelming desire to be connected to Eretz Yisroel in any way. But as…

Parshas Balak – The Seven Altars of Balaam

Download as Word As Balaam gets ready to curse Klal Yisroel, he commands Balak to construct seven altars and sacrifice on each one an ox and a ram[1]. Three times Balaam attempts to curse the Jewish people, and each time he follows the same plan[2]. Altogether there are twenty-one altars and forty-two Korbanos. In Chazal…

Parshas Chukas – The Battle of Arnon

Download as Word This week’s Parsha is the transition from those who leave Mitzrayim, and those who enter Eretz Yisroel. This is actually the source of all our tragedies. (As Mori V’Rabi Rav Moshe Shapiro ZT”L would often say.) The journey from Egypt to Eretz Yisroel was supposed to be one seamless event. If that…

Parshas Korach – The Staff of Aharon

Download as Word In this week’s Parsha, Korach leads a rebellion against Moshe. Within this revolt, there are two aspects. One part is the rejection of the leadership of Moshe. The second aspect is the desire to remove the institution of Cehuna. Since the sin of the Eigel, the right to serve in the Mishkon…

Parshas Shelach – The Three Sons of the Giant

Download as Word As the Meraglim set off in this week’s Parsha, there are two groups. Ten of the spies go with the intention of denigrating the Land and remaining in the desert[1]. But Yehoshua and Calev realize what their intentions are and do what they can to not be influenced by the others. Yehoshua’s…

Parshas BeHsloscha – The Upside Down Nunim

Download as Word This week’s Parsha is divided by the small section of V’Yehi Binsoa[1]. These two Pesukim bracketed two letters backward upside down Nunim, constitute their own small section. The first Pasuk is how we begin to travel. “As the Aron begins to travel, Arise HaShem, scatter Your enemies, and let those who hate…

Parshas Naso – The Asham of the Ger and Rus

Download as Word Of the many topics discussed in the lengthiest Parsha, is that of the Asham of a thief. If someone steals and then denies the theft, he has to bring a Korban, and repay the principal and another fifth. This Halacha was already taught in Vayikra. But as Chazal say[1], if a Parsha…