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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 TranslatorBy Stanley M. Wagner and Israel DrazinBased on the five volume, Onkelos on the Torah (Genesis-Deuteronomy), Understanding the Bible Text, by Israel Drazin and Stanley M. Wagner, published by Gefen…

Let’s Study Onkelos on Korach: The Limitations Of Targum Onkelos And The Need For Supplementary Interpretations Let’s Study Onkelos on Korach Download pdf above

The Holiday of Shavuot

Regarding the giving of the Torah, the Torah states (Shemot 19): “And they travelled from Refidim and they arrived at the Sinai Desert and they camped in the desert; and Israel camped there opposite the mountain.” Rabbeinu Chaim ben Atar, the saintly “Or Ha’Chaim,” asks that in the previous verses the Torah states, “On the…

Rosh Chodesh Sivan

“In the third month after the Exodus of the Jewish People from Egypt, on that very day, they came to the Desert of Sinai” (Shemot 19:1)Special Biblical Significance of Rosh Chodesh SivanJewish Tradition says that “that very day” refers to Rosh Chodesh Sivan. About that day it is written, “And the People of Israel encamped…

Haftorah Behar-Bechukosai

Parshas Behar – Bechukosai 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: Parshas BeHar begins with the laws of Shemitah and Yovel. The land lay…

The Everlasting Mitzvah

Question: Are there differences in actual Torah laws among the Sephardic, Ashkenazi, and Yemenite customs? Why is it not possible to make a decision that Jews of all backgrounds should rule on Halacha in the same manner? Answer: The Rambam (Chapter 9, Halacha 1 of Hilchot Yesodei Ha’Torah) writes: “Something written explicitly in the Torah,…

“Chalak Bet Yosef” Meat

According to Torah law, one may only consume the meat of kosher fowl or animals which have been slaughtered in accordance with Halacha. However, there are many detailed laws regarding “Terefot” or blemishes and illnesses which may be found within the fowl or animal which would render the animal a “Terefa” and forbidden for consumption…

Year of the Shofar-Blast

Leviticus 25:8 And thou shalt number seven sabbaths of years unto thee, seven times seven years; and the space of the seven sabbaths of years shall be unto thee forty and nine years.   Verses 8, 9. – The word jubilee (as it is always spelt in the Authorized Version) is taken from the Hebrew…

Understanding Torah

Reb Yochanan Sofer writes that he remembers when he began to attend to his grandfather Reb Shimon Sofer zt”l for several hours during the day, the remaining hours that he utilized for learning were tremendously productive. In only a short period of time, he was able to understand the depths of the Gemora and the…

The Gentle Way to Educate

Parshat Emor The Gentle Way to Educate G-d spoke to Moses saying, “speak to Aaron.” –Leviticus 21:16-17 The Torah mainly uses two Hebrew words for “speaking.” The first (dibur) is reserved for “hard speech,” the straightforward, accurate delivery of the message. The second (Amirah) is “soft speech,” i.e., tailoring the message to its intended recipient in…