Life-Threatening Situation

Uncertainty About a Life-Threatening Situation Question: If one desecrates Shabbat on behalf of an ill person and it turns out that the action one performed that desecrated the Shabbat was actually unnecessary, does one require atonement for this transgression? Answer: If one desecrated Shabbat for no good reason, such as driving on Shabbat under non-life-threatening circumstances, certainly…

Noah’s Sacrifices

Noah’s SacrificesUnderlying the present parshah of Noah and the ensuing parshiyos, which tell the story of the patriarchs, is the quest for the Holy Mountain of G-d, the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Adam’s body had been created from the dust and earth of the Temple Mount. And “to dust you will return!” — mankind must…

Parashat Chayei Sara / פרשת חיי שרה

Genesis 23:2 with Sforno, Midrash Tanhuma Source Sheet by yaakov Saavedra בראשית כ״ג:ב׳ (ב) וַתָּ֣מָת שָׂרָ֗ה בְּקִרְיַ֥ת אַרְבַּ֛ע הִ֥וא חֶבְר֖וֹן בְּאֶ֣רֶץ כְּנָ֑עַן וַיָּבֹא֙ אַבְרָהָ֔ם לִסְפֹּ֥ד לְשָׂרָ֖ה וְלִבְכֹּתָֽהּ׃ Genesis 23:2 (2) And Sarah died in Kiriath Arba—it is Hebron—in the land of Canaan; Abraham came to grieve for Sarah and to weep for her.   ספורנו על בראשית…

Parashat Ha’Azinu / פרשת האזינו

Torah Reading: HA-AZINU, Deuteronomy 32: 1-52 THE SONG OF G-D’S JUSTICE Some songs are happy, some are sad. Some are for entertainment. Some come to tell a story or teach a lesson. Some express the inner heart and soul. Unique among all songs is the song of Moses in our parshah. HA-AZINU is the song of…

Parashat Ki Tavo / פרשת כי־תבוא

Parashat Ki Tavo is the 50th weekly Torah portion in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading. Deuteronomy 26:10 – 29:8 Summary Parshat Ki Tavo In this parashah, Moses tells the people that when they come into the “land of milk and honey” (“Ki Tavo” means “when you enter”) and have settled there, each of them…

Parshas Ki Teitzei

When you go out to war against your enemies and HASHEM your G-d will deliver them into your hands and you will capture its captivity. (Devarim 21:10)The Torah only speaks versus the “negative inclination” (Rashi)“When you go out to war against your enemies…” In this verse we find the strategy for success in war against our most dangerous enemies.The Lubavitcher Rebbe saw in…

Parashat Re’eh

Parashat Re’eh – [Mitzvot Draw their Rewards and Repercussions with Them, Understanding the Repentance of Kayin and Adam, as Well as The Power of Shabbat Observance and How it May Lead to Our Redemption] From HaGaon Rav Zevadia HaCohen Shlit”a, The Head of the Batei Din in Tel Aviv(translated by our dear friend Rav Daniel…

Parashat Re’eh / פרשת ראה

Parsha Summary for Parshas Reeh Note: The Shabbos Torah Reading is divided into 7 sections. Each section is called an Aliya [literally: Go up] since for each Aliya, one person “goes up” to make a bracha [blessing] on the Torah Reading. 1st and 2nd Aliyot: Moshe instructs the Chosen People to eradicate any remnant of…

Parashat Eikev / פרשת עקב

Eikev, Deuteronomy 7:12 -11:25 The Big IF “If only [i.e. because] you shall hearken to these laws, safeguarding and keeping them, then Hashem your G-d will safeguard for you the covenant and the kindness that He swore to your forefathers.” (Devarim 7:12) If only you shall hearken to these laws – The Hebrew word is “Eikev” which can…

Parashat Pinchas / פרשת פינחס

PINCHAS Torah Reading PINCHAS, Numbers 25:10-30:1 PINCHAS, PRINCE OF PEACE “Pinchas son of Elazar son of Aaron the Priest turned away My wrath from upon the Children of Israel in his zealousness. Therefore say: I hereby give him My Covenant of Peace” (Numbers 25:11-12). The opening verses of our parshah of PINCHAS follow immediately after…

Parashat Chukat / פרשת חקת

AND the Lord spake with Mosheh and to Aharon, saying: This is the decree of the law which the Lord hath commanded, saying: Speak to the sons of Israel that they bring to thee a red heifer, unblemished, with no spot in her, and upon which no yoke hath been put. And you shall give…