Who Wrote the Torah According to the Torah?

Who Wrote the Torah According to the Torah?Jewish and Christian tradition ascribes authorship of the Pentateuch to Moses in the 13th century B.C.E. Is this what the Pentateuch itself implies about who wrote it and when? Prof.Christopher A. RollstonWho Wrote the Torah According to the Torah?People participate in helping a scribe complete a Torah scroll. Wikimedia The first five books of the Bible, known as … Continue reading Who Wrote the Torah According to the Torah?

Lag BaOmer

Besides being the day on which the plague affecting Rabbi Akiva’s students ceased, Lag BaOmer is traditionally observed as marking the commemoration of the death (Yahrzeit in Yiddish) of Rebbi Shimon bar Yochai, a famous 1st-century Jewish sage in ancient Israel. After the death of Rabbi Akiva’s 24,000 students, Rabbi Akiva taught five students, among them Rebbi Shimon. The latter went on to become the … Continue reading Lag BaOmer

ADV Parashat Emor

1 בס”ד אמור בס”ד The fifth week of sefira is Hod, of which the Zohar says- תערין פתיחין, which means that the gates are open. This is the away it will be in the future- – יתקע בשופר גדול ובא האובדים=1288=תערין פתיחין. טהרין פתיחין. On the first day of the fifth week, or חסד שבהוד is פסח שני. On this day there was a second … Continue reading ADV Parashat Emor


CHAPTER 4EVERY SINGLE PERSON WHO LEARNS TORAH ISCAPABLE OF GREAT ACHIEVEMENTS EVEN IF HE IS NOTPARTICULARLY GIFTED INTELLECTUALLY , OR BYNATURE NOT STUDIOUSLY INCLINED A common trait that people have is that they are prepared toinvest a great deal of time and effort in a task only if they knowthat they will make a success of it. Unfortunately, such anattitude is a serious drawback for … Continue reading TO LOVE THE TORAH 4

Pesach Sheni

Pesach Sheni (Hebrew: שני פסח, trans. Second Passover) occurs every year on 14 Iyar. This is exactly one month after 14 Nisan, the day before Passover, which was the day prescribed for bringing the Korban Pesach (“Paschal offering”, i.e. Passover lamb) in anticipation of that holiday.[1] As described in the source text for this mitzvah (Numbers 9:1-14), the Israelites were about to celebrate Passover one … Continue reading Pesach Sheni

Lag BaOmer – The Haircut Holiday

Is there really a holiday that we celebrate with haircuts?Shulchan Arukh, Orach Chayyim 493:1-2 (1) It is customary not to get married between Pesach and Shavuot, until Lag BaOmer (the 33rd day), because during that time, the students of Rabbi Akiva died. However, to do “erusin” and “kiddushin” (engagement and betrothal) is OK. And even for “nisuin” (marriage), if someone did so, we do not … Continue reading Lag BaOmer – The Haircut Holiday

ADV Parshas Acharei Mos Kedoshim

1 אחרי מות קדושים ים בס”ד During the ימי הספירה, the weather is warmer and the יצה”ר is in full bloom, and so we temper the יצה”ר by learning פרקי אבות. This learning also prepares us for מתן תורה by giving us tools to perfect our characters. PParshas אתרי מות is a continuation of מצורה which ends withדוה בנדתו , a דוה בנדתו, a נדה … Continue reading ADV Parshas Acharei Mos Kedoshim

One’s Wisdom

“When One’s Wisdom is Greater than One’s Deeds, One’s Wisdom Shall Not Last” The Mishnah in Pirkei Avot (Chapter 3, Mishnah 12) states: “When one’s deeds are greater than one’s wisdom, one’s wisdom shall last; when one’s wisdom is greater than one’s deeds, one’s wisdom shall not last.” The Tashbetz explains in his Sefer Magen Avot regarding this teaching that this cannot be understood according … Continue reading One’s Wisdom

Parashat Achrei Mot-Kedoshim / פרשת אחרי מות־קדשים

The Value of Reverence Parshas Acharei Mos Kedoshim 1. The Value of ReverenceThe Torah states, “Every man: your father and mother shall you revere. My Sabbaths shall you observe – I am Hashem, your G’d.” Rashi cites the Gemara, which explains that there is a Torah obligation to revere one’s parents, therefore one may think that if his father commands him to violate the Shabbos … Continue reading Parashat Achrei Mot-Kedoshim / פרשת אחרי מות־קדשים

ADV Parashat Tazria-Metzora

Parshas תזריע begins with a woman who gave birth. This is read in the appropriate time, since כלל ישראל was born as a nation on Pesach. If the woman gave birth to a son, there is a seven day טומאה period, similar to a Nida. Then the son has a Mila, her טומאה ends, and then there is a thirty three days of טהרה, after … Continue reading ADV Parashat Tazria-Metzora