Parashat Kedoshim / פרשת קדשים

LET’S STUDY ONKELOS A Guide for Rabbis, Teachers and Torah Students to Study and Teach the Parashat Hashavua through the Eyes of its Most Important Translator By Stanley M. Wagner and Israel Drazin Based on the five volume, Onkelos on the Torah (Genesis-Deuteronomy), Understanding the Bible Text, by Israel Drazin and Stanley M. Wagner, published by Gefen Publishing House, Jerusalem/New York, 2006-2010. STUDY GUIDE KEDOSHIM … Continue reading Parashat Kedoshim / פרשת קדשים

Parashat Yitro / פרשת יתרו

Parshas Yisro 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 Aliya: Yisro brings Moshe’s wife and two sons to join him in the desert. In 18:10, Yisro proclaims his belief in Hashem (G-d) and identifies His … Continue reading Parashat Yitro / פרשת יתרו

Torah Portion Shemos

Ehyeh-Asher-Ehyeh (often contracted in English as “I AM”) is one of the Seven Names of God accorded special care by medieval Jewish tradition.[1] The phrase is also found in other world religious literature, used to describe the Supreme Being, generally referring back to its use in Exodus. The word Ehyeh is considered by many rabbinical scholars to be a first-person derivation of the Tetragrammaton. Continue reading Torah Portion Shemos


THE KEY IS SHABBOS Adam was created for the highest mission, to “fill the earth and conquer it and rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the heavens and every living being swarming on the earth” (Gen. 1:28). But Adam fell from his mission, and instead of “tending and guarding” the Garden of Eden (Gen. 2:15), he was driven out to … Continue reading PARASHAS SHEMOS

it’s not about me: what Yosef taught Pharoah

1) The symbolism of Pharoah’s dream doesn’t really seem all that hard to figure out.  Why none of his advisor’s could  make sense of it seems more of a mystery than why Yosef got it. The Midrash contrasts “Pharoah omeid al h’ye’or” with “Hinei Hashem nitzav alav.”  The Egyptian diety was  subservient to the Pharoahs — religion was a tool to control the masses and … Continue reading it’s not about me: what Yosef taught Pharoah