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…

Matthew 24

1. And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to show him the buildings of the temple. [To shew him the buildings of the Temple.] “He that never saw the Temple of Herod never saw a fine building. What was it built of? Rabba saith, Of white and green…

Parashat Ki-Teseh

Parashat Ki-Teseh begins with the exceptional law of “Eshet Yefat Toar,” which deals with the case of a soldier who encounters an attractive foreign woman while fighting a war, and desires her. The Torah allows the soldier in such a case to marry the woman after fulfilling certain conditions. The commentators explain that the Torah…

Mitzvah of Cancellation

The Mitzvah of Cancellation of Debts at the Conclusion of Shevi’it as it Applies to Women In the previous Halachot we have explained the basic laws of cancellation of debts by Shevi’it in that any debt one is owed and has been incurred by another as a loan and whose time for repayment has already…

Torah Reading: KI SEITZEI

Torah Reading: KI SEITZEI Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19.Haftara: Isaiah 54:1-10. THE HOME AND THE FAMILY The opening mitzvah of the parshah, that of the beautiful captive, takes us directly inside the home, which is where the captive is taken to “grow her hair and nails”. Life in the home and in the family is a central theme…

VALLEY OF DRY BONES

BS”D KNOW YOUR BIBLE: Ezekiel 37-38 Study Notes by Avraham ben Yaakov EZEKIEL CHAPTER 37 VISION OF THE VALLEY OF DRY BONES “…And He set me down in the midst of the valley, which was full of dry bones” (v 1). Commenting on this vision, RaDaK writes that “the Holy One blessed be He showed…

9 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT RABBINIC JUDAISM

Aside from knowing that we share some of the same religious texts, most Christians today are completely unfamiliar with the “modern” forms of Judaism (forms that go back almost 2,000 years). To close a small portion of the knowledge gap about our religious Jewish neighbors, here are nine things you should know Rabbinic Judaism. 1….

Is Fear Of Hashem Something So Insignificant?

MOSHE RABENU KNEW WHO HE WAS  Moshe Rabenu asks the Jewish people: “and now Israel what does Hashem your G-d ask of you but to fear Hashem” (Devarim 10:12). The Gemara asks regarding this pasuk: “is yirat Shamayim something so insignificant?” (Brachot 32b), to which the Gemara responds: “yes, for Moshe Rabenu it is something…

Preparing Before Reading the Torah

Description: Preparing Before Reading the Torah; The Different Customs When Calling Someone For an AliyaThe Shulhan Aruch (Orah Haim 139) writes that before one reads from the Torah, he must prepare the reading and review the text at least twice, preferably four times. He must prepare the reading so he will read it properly, with…

Deuteronomy Chapter 1 דְּבָרִים

Deuteronomy Chapter 1 דְּבָרִים א  אֵלֶּה הַדְּבָרִים, אֲשֶׁר דִּבֶּר מֹשֶׁה אֶל-כָּל-יִשְׂרָאֵל, בְּעֵבֶר, הַיַּרְדֵּן:  בַּמִּדְבָּר בָּעֲרָבָה מוֹל סוּף בֵּין-פָּארָן וּבֵין-תֹּפֶל, וְלָבָן וַחֲצֵרֹת–וְדִי זָהָב. 1 These are the words which Moses spoke unto all Israel beyond the Jordan; in the wilderness, in the Arabah, over against Suph, between Paran and Tophel, and Laban, and Hazeroth, and Di-zahab. ב  אַחַד עָשָׂר יוֹם…

Torah Reading: DEVARIM

Torah Reading: DEVARIM, Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22Isaiah 1:1-27.THE BOTTOM LINEAs always, we commence the reading of the book of DEVARIM (Deuteronomy), the last of the Five Books of Moses, on the Shabbos preceding the fast of Tisha Be’Av (9th Av) commemorating the destruction of the Holy Temple. Tisha Be’Av is a call to Teshuvah (repentance), setting us…