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…

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,…