Kitzur Shulchan Aruch – Chapter 140: The Order of the Four Parshiyos

1The Shabbos before Rosh Chodesh Adar that is closest to the month of Nisan, is [called] Shabbos, Parashas Shekalim. If Rosh Chodesh occurs on Shabbos, then that Shabbos is Parashas Shekalim. We take out three sifrei Torah. We call six persons to the first seifer Torah, for the reading of the weekly portion. In the second seifer Torah we call a seventh person for the … Continue reading Kitzur Shulchan Aruch – Chapter 140: The Order of the Four Parshiyos


“Now Yeshua stood before the governor. And the governor asked Him, saying, ‘Are You the King of the Jews?’ Yeshua said to him, ‘It is as you say.’” Matthew 27:11 Introduction Last week we saw how Matthew was written to reveal the continuity of the Promise of a Seed. The redemptive identity begins early in Matthew – Messiah is “Son of David.” He is King Messiah, … Continue reading LESSON TWO: MATTHEW PART 2


C h a p t e r S e v e n t e e nThe Great Benefits for the Entire JewishNation Resulting from every Individual’sCautiousness in Areas of Sanctity andModesty (Tzniut )Part 1 In areas of sanctity and modesty, halachic detail is broughtat length in halachic and ethical works, as well as the greatobligation to take care for every pitfall in transgressions in theseareas. … Continue reading DIVREY YA’AKOV Lesson 17

Parasha Vayakhel/Pekudei

The Gathering Netzarim Emunah Chumash Commentary 91 Rashbam on Exodus 34:34 ‫יסיר‬ ‫את‬ ‫המסוה‬, whenever Moses had to convey HaShem’s instructions to the people he still did not cover his forehead with the cloth he had removed in order to communicate with HaShem. Once he concluded conveying HaShem’s words he would again cover his forehead. When HaShem would address him, or he would wish to … Continue reading Parasha Vayakhel/Pekudei

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

Parashat ha-Chodesh

VAYAKHEL-PEKUDEI PARASHAT HA-CHODESH RENEWAL OF THE COVENANT AND THE QUESTION OF THE NESI’UT Rav Mosheh Lichtenstein THE NASI AND THE SACRIFICES The starting point of the haftara for Parashat ha-Chodesh, like that of many other haftarot, is subject to a difference in custom between Ashkenazim and Sefardim. According to the Sefardic rite, the haftara (Yechezkel 45:18-46:15) opens with a verse that speaks of a sacrifice … Continue reading Parashat ha-Chodesh


C hapter S ixteenMesillat Yesharim ‫־‬ C hapter 25 In Mesillat Yesharim chapter 25, he writes how to acquire ahigh level of fear of Hashem. The way to acquire this awe is tocontemplate two very true things. The first is that the Presenceof Hashem exists in every place in the world and He himselfwatches over everything, small or big. Nothing is hidden fromHis eyes, neither … Continue reading DIVREY YA’AKOV Lesson 16


REDEMPTION IN THE APOSTOLIC SCRIPTURES Introduction “All Scripture is given by inspiration of G-d, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of G-d may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”2Timothy 3:16-17 Introduction What are the “Apostolic Scriptures”? Why not call them the “New Testament”? Is G-d’s Word divided between a message of Law (old, bad) and a message of Grace (new, good)? … Continue reading THE APOSTOLIC SCRIPTURES


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 Ki Tisa

בס”ד כי תשא Parshas כי תשא has many hints to the י”ט of Purim. In פסוק ל:כג, one of the main spices of the שמן המשחה is mentioned- בשמים ראש מר דרור, where Unkeles translates as מירה דכיא, which more or less make up the name מרדכי. In pasuk כט, describing this שמן המשחה, Rashi uses the words כי כן יסד המלך, a phrase from … Continue reading ADV Parashat Ki Tisa

Parashat Ki Tisa / פרשת כי תשא

Torah Reading: KI TISA Exodus 30:11-34:35Haftara: I Kings 18.1-39 (Sephardi ritual: I Kings 18.20-39). PROVIDING THE MEDICINE BEFORE THE ILLNESS The lengthy first section of our parashah of KI TISA (the entire first Aliyah in the synagogue Torah reading, up to Ex. 31:18) starts with a number of commandments concluding the account of the Sanctuary, its vessels, and the daily services of its ministering priests. … Continue reading Parashat Ki Tisa / פרשת כי תשא

Shabbat Parah / שבת פרה

Shabbat Parah (“Sabbath [of the] red heifer” שבת פרה) takes place on the Shabbat before Shabbat HaChodesh, in preparation for Passover. Numbers 19:1-22 describes the parah adumah (“red heifer”) in the Jewish temple as part of the manner in which the kohanim and the Jewish people purified themselves so that they would be ready (“pure”) to sacrifice the korban Pesach. Once again, this Shabbat is … Continue reading Shabbat Parah / שבת פרה