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 tablets (Exodus 34:29; Seder Olam Rabbah 6 from Exodus 34:32; … Continue reading Parashat Terumah / פרשת תרומה

The Aliya in Torah

The Aliya in Torah  by the Chazon Ish zt’l The Chazon Ish, Rabbi Avraham Yeshaya Karelitz (1878-1953), one of the greatest Torah luminaries of recent times, lived in Israel from 1933 until his passing. His views, actions, halachic rulings and writings continue to have a major influence on the fabric of Torah life everywhere.from “Maase Ish part 4”:see the end for the original hebrew  “The sweetness of … Continue reading The Aliya in Torah

Method of Learning Torah

Method of Learning Torahby Rabbi Simcha Wasserman zt”lGuidance from one of the greatest sages of our time on how to learn Torah properly. (He was also the son of Rav Elchanan Wasserman, Hy”d a most profound talmud scholar and one of the main disciples of the Chafetz Chaim)Transcripted, with permission from the audio tape: Maimonide’s Book of Knowledge from ohr.edu Every Word Must Be Accounted … Continue reading Method of Learning Torah

Going to the House of Hashem

Parshas Bamidbar Shavuos This coming Motza’ei Shabbat, we begin observing the holiday of Shavuot. R’ Yitzchak Arama z”l (Spain; died 1494) asks what he calls a “strong question”: Why does the Torah never mention that Shavuot is the anniversary of the Giving of the Torah? He offers several answers: First, the Torah cannot logically command us to observe the day of receiving the Torah as a holiday. He explains: There is … Continue reading Going to the House of Hashem

The Festival of Pentecost (Shavuot)

The Festival of Pentecost (Shavuot) CHAPTER 6 And you shall celebrate the Feast of Weeks, that is, the first fruits of the wheat harvest… (Exodus [Shemot] 34:22 NAS). You shall count seven weeks for yourself; you shall begin to count seven weeks from the time you begin to put the sickle to the standing grain. Then you shall celebrate the Feast of Weeks to the Lord … Continue reading The Festival of Pentecost (Shavuot)

The Nash Papyrus – An Ancient Witness

The Nash Papyrus –An Ancient Witness Several years ago I heard about a most remarkable document. This ancient document, known as the Nash Papyrus has survived as an ancient witness to some of Israel’s most important words relating to religious life and conduct for humanity. The document is a single page consisting of four precious fragments of text written in Hebrew Script. It was acquired … Continue reading The Nash Papyrus – An Ancient Witness

The Mysterious Prophecy of Isaiah 53

A Vision Given During Troubled Times…To The People Of Jerusalem Living Under The Imminent Threat Of Invasion.In 701, The King Of Assyria, Sennacherib, Sargon’s Son,Came Over With His Army And Invaded The Kingdom Of Judah.We Know From The Assyrian Sources That They Destroyed 46 Of The Cities Of Judah.Narrator: According To The Vision, The Lord Was Trying To Get The Attention…Of A Nation That Had … Continue reading The Mysterious Prophecy of Isaiah 53

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

Acquiring a Merit in Torah

Question: Can one pay a Torah scholar a substantial sum of money in order to acquire a portion in all of the Torah he has studied thus far? Answer: Indeed, included in the Mitzvah of Torah study and Tzedakah is the great Mitzvah of financially supporting Torah scholars, especially the needy among them, so that they may continue their holy work amid peace and tranquility. Maran Rabbeinu Ovadia Yosef zt”l spent … Continue reading Acquiring a Merit in Torah

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

Pesach – פסח – Readings

Pesach – פסח Pesach I – פסח יום א׳ Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Torah Portion: Exodus 12:21 – 12:51 & Numbers 28:16 – 28:25  1: Exodus 12:21-24 (4 p’sukim)         2: Exodus 12:25-28 (4 p’sukim) 3: Exodus 12:29-36 (8 p’sukim) 4: Exodus 12:37-42 (6 p’sukim) 5: Exodus 12:43-51 (9 p’sukim) maf: Numbers 28:16-25 (10 p’sukim) Haftarah: Joshua 5:2 – 6:1 Pesach I (on Shabbat) – פסח יום א׳ (בשבת) Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Torah Portion: Exodus 12:21 – 12:51 & Numbers 28:16 – … Continue reading Pesach – פסח – Readings