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,…

Parshas Balak – Bnei Shes

Download as Word There is an unusual use of the name of one of the early progenitors of mankind in the Berachos of Bilam. He says that the Moshiach will come and uproot all the sons of Shes[1]. Shes as we know is the son of Adam, the father of Enosh. What does this Pasuk…

Parshas Chukas – The Copper Snake

Download as Word In this week’s Parsha there are many fundamental concepts and momentous events that shape Klal Yisroel’s future. But there is one event that is mentioned, but does not seem to get its due, because of the overwhelming amount of other issues in this week’s Parsha. That is the miraculous of the punishment…