בס”ד במדבר   The Torah doesn’t say what exact date שבועות falls, implying that Shavuos- מתן תורה, being the 50th day of Sefira, is למעלה מן הזמן. It could fall on the fifth, sixth or seventh of Sivan, depending on whether Nisan and Iyar are מלא or חסר. Shavuos is called weeks since the great achievement one could accomplish, depends on the weeks that proceed. … Continue reading ADV Parsha BAMIDBAR

ADV Parsha Behar/Bechukosa

The מזל of the month of Iyar is שור, whereas the מזל of סיון is תאומים, twins -Gemini, which represents the שתי הלוחות or the תורה שבעל פה ותורה שבכתב, and the שתי הלחם. Behar is the 32nd Parsha, where בחוקתי is the 33rd . Parsha usually falling in the Shabbos after לג בעומר. There are thirty two teeth connected to the לב נתיבות החכמה, … Continue reading ADV Parsha Behar/Bechukosa

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

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


Closeness to HashemChapter NineteenT he Prohibition of Anger The gemarah and the Zohar deal very severely with theprohibition of becoming angry – see Nedarim 22 and Pesachim66, and that which is brought in sha’arei Kedusha, part 2:sha’ar4, in the name of the Zohar – there is no place here to elaboratefurther. It is written in the book ‘Sha’ar Ruach Hakodesh’ of HaravChaim Vital in the … Continue reading DIVREY YA’AKOV LESSON’S 19-21

Expanding our understanding

The word bina is related to the word livnot, meaning “to build”, for this is the essential quality of bina. The abstract, non-dimensional, incomprehensible point that represents chochma is expanded and built into a three-dimensional structure, sometimes compared to the physical dimensions of length, breadth, and depth. In the context of sefirot they signify three aspects of bina, each with its own unique relationship to the other sefirot. 1) The “depth” of bina is the aspect of bina which … Continue reading Expanding our understanding

ADV Parashat Vayikra

ויקרא בס”ד Parshas ויקרא is referred to as תורת כהנים, the most difficult of the five חומשים. The months of Elul and Adar are sister months, both the last months of the year- אלול is ר”ת איש לרעהו ומתנות לאביונים, where in Adar, we’re involved with performing this mitzvah. In Elul we read of מחיית עמלק in כי תצא, and in Adar in פרשת זכור. … Continue reading ADV Parashat Vayikra

ADV Parasha Vayakhel/Pekudei

The שבת of ויקהל פקודי usually connectsאדר toניסן , Purim to Pesach- נסמך גאולה לגאולה. Nisan is the month that the yidden were redeemed and will be redeemed. In ויקהל, Moshe gathered all the yidden and began teaching them the לט מלאכות. Shabbos was taught before this, but not the מלאכות. The Midrash says that Moshe would gather the yidden every Shabbos, hinting to the … Continue reading ADV Parasha Vayakhel/Pekudei


CHAPTER FIFTEENTHE GREAT OBLIGATION TO BE AS BUSY AS POSSIBLEWITH THE HOLY T ORAH The Nefesh Hachaim writes in sha’ar 4: chapter 15 how wehave been commanded from the mouth of Hashem Himself withan awesome warning, “This Torah scroll must never leave yourmouth and you must toil in it day and night.” [Joshua 1:8]. TheZohar writes in his introduction [the translated version], “Comeand see just … Continue reading DIVREY YA’AKOV Lesson 15

ADV Parashat Tetzaveh / פרשת תצוה

תצוה    פרשת זכור   בס”ד     The Zohar says there are 53- גן Parshios in Chumash, but there are really fifty four. There are many opinions that זאת הברכה is not counted as a Parsha, since in חו”ל this Parsha is never read on שבת. There are other opinions that נצבים and וילך are considered one, and others hold the same with מטות ומסעי. The חידא says … Continue reading ADV Parashat Tetzaveh / פרשת תצוה