ADV Parashat Bo 5781 / פרשת בֹּא

בס”ד בא The month of שבט is מסוגל for התחדשות in Torah, since Moshe began a new revelation of משנה תורה, beginning on ר”ח שבט, and preparing the yidden for their entry into א”י. In פרשת בא, the yidden become a nation, an independent entity, revealing בני בכורי ישראל, at the same time that the…

Parashat Bo / פרשת בא

AND IT SHALL BE FOR A SIGN. The lessons of the Torah are not to remain in the mind. “And you shall know (VEYADAATA) today and bring it DOWN TO YOUR HEART that HaShem is the G-d in the heavens above and on the earth below, there is none other” (Deut. 4:39). The Exodus was…

ADV Parashat Va’era

בס”ד וארא ע”נ יהודה בן חזקיהו נלב”ע “ג שבט תשס”ה The first pasuk of וארא makes a switch from וידבר to ויאמר, and from אלה-ים to הויה. Rashi says that Hashem is speaking harshly- לשון קשה to Moshe, due to his complaining when he said למה הרעתה לעם הזה, after which Hashem’s compassion took over…

Parashat Vaera / פרשת וארא

Parashat Va’era פרשת וארא “And I appeared” “And God spoke to Moses…” (Exodus 6:2) Torah Portion: Exodus 6:2-9:35
 Haftarah: Ezekiel 28:25-29-21 B’rit Chadash/New Covenant: Romans 9:14-33 Shabbat |9 January 2016 | 28 Tevet 5776 THE PHARAOH WITHIN US “Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and when he stumbles, let not your heart exult. Lest…

Adv Parashat Shemot / פרשת שמות

בס”ד שמות Sefer שמות begins the six week (or eight week, in a leap year) period, known as שובבים, which is the acronym of the six first פרשיות. This word comes from ירמיהו where it’s written, says the שלה הקדוש and others, שובו בנים שובבים. It’s written that ימי השובבים are equated with יה”כ- בעשור…

Parashat Vayechi – The Power of a Good Word

From HaGaon Rav Zevadia HaCohen Shlit”a, The Head of the Batei Din in Tel Aviv(translated by our dear friend Rav Daniel Levy Shlit”a, Leeds UK) In the weekly Parasha, Yaakov Avinu gathered his sons and blessed them before he passed away, as the Torah states: “Yaakov called for his sons. [When they came,] he said,…

ADV Parsha Vayechi

 ויחי  בס”ד Parshas ויחי completes ספר בראשית which is also called ספר הישר and the ספר יצירה. This is a פרשה סתומה  where Rashi gives two reasons why. When Yaakov was נפטר, the eyes and hearts of כלל ישראל were closed, and when יעקב wanted to מגלה the קץ, it was נסתם ממנו. The fact…

Calling for Salvation – from Yaakov to You

Yeshua Centered Orthodox Judaism by RAV YAKOV BAR YOSEF Genesis 49:16-19(16) Dan shall judge his people, as one of the tribes of Israel. (17) Dan shall be a serpent in the way, a horned snake in the path, that bites the horse’s heels so that his rider falls backward. (18) I wait [sic] for Thy…

Parashat Vayechi / פרשת ויחי

Taste and See HASHEM is Good! For the cloud of HASHEM would be on the Tabernacle by day, and the fire would be on it by night before the eyes of all the children of Israel throughout their journeys. (Shemos 40:38) Perhaps your heart will say, “Just as it shined for Israel did it not…

ADV Parashat Vayigash

We read ויגש as we enter the month of טבת, a dark and cold month both physically and spiritually. In טבת we have what is known as the האפילה ימי תשלש, which is the ח, ט and י of טבת. On טבת ח, the Torah was translated into Greek, of which is equated with the…

Parashat Vayigash / פרשת ויגש

VAYIGASH Torah Reading: VAYIGASH Gen. 44:18-47:27. “AND JUDAH STEPPED FORWARD.” The key to the dramatic encounter between Judah and Joseph with which our parshah of VAYIGASH begins is to be found in the Haftara our sages attached to this parshah: Ezekiel’s vision of the joining of the two sticks. One stick the prophet was to…