DIVREY YA’AKOV Lesson 13

CHAPTER THIRTEENSACRIFICE FOR TORAH STUDY AND SURRENDER OFTHINGS WHICH PREVENTS VIGILANCE IN TORAHSTUDY The gemarah in massechet Brachot (71b) says, “Once thewicked ruling kingdom decreed that Yisrael may not involvethemselves with Torah. Rebi Akiva came, gathered groups ofpeople and publicly taught them Torah… it was but a few dayslater that they caught Rebi Akiva and…

ADV Parashat Terumah

Between שקלים שבתand זכור פרשת there is a הפסקה, so that Moshe could internalize what he already received. The main theme of the Parsha is ועשו לי מקדש ושכנתי בתוכם Hashem created this lowly world in order to have a דירה בתחתונים. This is Hashem’s desire, his רצון, which is above דעת. We have to make ourselves into a receptacle for the שכינה to dwell, and thus…

Shabbat Zachor / שבת זכור

Shabbat Zachor (“Sabbath [of] remembrance שבת זכור) is the Shabbat immediately preceding Purim. Deuteronomy 25:17-19, describing the attack by Amalek, is recounted. There is a tradition from the Talmud that Haman, the antagonist of the Purim story, was descended from Amalek. The portion that is read includes a commandment to remember the attack by Amalek,…

Parashat Terumah / פרשת תרומה

God spoke to Moses… Some say that this was said to Moses during the 40 days on the mountain (Tanna DeBei Eliahu Rabbah 17; Lekach Tov on Exodus 35:1; Ibn Ezra; Baaley Tosafoth; Zohar 2:194a, 224a). According to others, it was said after the Golden Calf, when Moses went up for the second set of…