WHAT IS RASHI SAYING?

Jacob and ShemaVayigash (Genesis 44:18-47:27)Jacob goes to meet his long-lost son, Joseph. Their meeting is quite emotional, as we wouldhave expected.Genesis 46:29“Joseph harnessed his chariot and went up to meet his father, to Goshen, and he appearedbefore him, he fell on his neck, and he wept on his neck for a long time.”RASHIAnd he wept on his neck for a long time – RASHI: This … Continue reading WHAT IS RASHI SAYING?

Muktzeh Due to Monetary Loss

“Muktzeh Due to Monetary Loss” In the previous Halachot, we have discussed several laws regarding Muktzeh which are certain objects that our Sages prohibited moving on Shabbat. As of yet, we have discussed three types of Muktzeh: “Utensils used for work permitted on Shabbat”, such as forks, knives, and the like, which may be moved on Shabbat for any purpose, but may not be moved for … Continue reading Muktzeh Due to Monetary Loss

Parashat Vayetzei / פרשת ויצא

Lesson Summary Parashat Vayetzei is the seventh weekly reading in the annual Torah reading cycle and the seventh reading of Bereshit (“Genesis”). Vayetzei (וַיֵּצֵא) is Hebrew for And He Left and is the first word of the parashah, which begins with Ya’akov’s (Jacob) departure from his family in Be’er Shava (Beersheva) and his journey toward Haran, to the family of his mother, Rivkah (Rebekah). The parashah records the dream which Ya’akov had along the way, in which HaShem … Continue reading Parashat Vayetzei / פרשת ויצא

The Oral Law -Talmud & Mishna

The Oral Law is a legal commentary on the Torah, explaining how its commandments are to be carried out. Common sense suggests that some sort of oral tradition was always needed to accompany the Written Law, because the Torah alone, even with its 613 commandments, is an insufficient guide to Jewish life. For example, the fourth of the Ten Commandments, ordains, “Remember the Sabbath day … Continue reading The Oral Law -Talmud & Mishna

Lesson 25

The Trespass Offering 6:1 (5:20) And Adonai spoke to Mosheh, saying: 6:2 (5:21) If a nefesh (person) sin, and commit a trespass against Adonai (יהוה), and lie to his neighbor in that which was delivered him to keep, or in fellowship, or in a thing taken away by violence, or has deceived his neighbor; 6:3 (5:22) Or have found that which was lost, and lies … Continue reading Lesson 25

Yochanan 3

1. There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: [Nicodemus.] The Talmudists frequently mention Nicodemus. Now the Jews derive this name, not from the Greek original, but from this story: “Upon a certain time, all Israel ascended up to Jerusalem to the feast, and there wanted water for them. Nicodemus Ben Gorion comes to a great man, and prays him, … Continue reading Yochanan 3

Yochanan 1

1. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. [In the beginning was the Word.] In the beginning; in the same sense with Bereshith, In the beginning, in the history of the creation, Genesis 1:1. For the evangelist proposeth this to himself, viz. to shew how that, by the Word, by which the creation was perfected, the redemption was … Continue reading Yochanan 1

Matthew 27

1. When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death: [When the morning was come, &c.] Let us trace a little the proceedings of this council:– I. They spend the night in judging on a capital cause, which is expressly forbid by their own canon: They handle capital causes in the day … Continue reading Matthew 27