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Ki Tetze21:10 If you go out to war against your enemy and the L-rd yourG-d delivers him into your hand, and you capture itscaptivity,If you go out to war – This [ 4‘If’] teaches us that Scripture is herespeaking of a permitted war “and you capture its captivity […]

Parshas Ki Teitzei

When you go out to war against your enemies and HASHEM your G-d will deliver them into your hands and you will capture its captivity. (Devarim 21:10)The Torah only speaks versus the “negative inclination” (Rashi)“When you go out to war against your enemies…” In this verse we find the strategy for success in war […]

Parashat Re’eh

Parashat Re’eh – [Mitzvot Draw their Rewards and Repercussions with Them, Understanding the Repentance of Kayin and Adam, as Well as The Power of Shabbat Observance and How it May Lead to Our Redemption] From HaGaon Rav Zevadia HaCohen Shlit”a, The Head of the Batei Din in Tel […]

Parashat Re’eh / פרשת ראה

Parsha Summary for Parshas Reeh 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 and 2nd Aliyot: Moshe instructs the […]

Parashat Eikev / פרשת עקב

Eikev, Deuteronomy 7:12 -11:25 The Big IF “If only [i.e. because] you shall hearken to these laws, safeguarding and keeping them, then Hashem your G-d will safeguard for you the covenant and the kindness that He swore to your forefathers.” (Devarim 7:12) If only you shall hearken to […]

Parshat V’etchanan

Parshat V’etchanan contains some lovely and powerful verses about the way Israel is, or should be, seen and understood by the other nations of the world, and how we should see ourselves. Moshe says: “Behold I have taught you laws and statutes which the Lord God commanded me, […]

Parshat Devarim

Parshat Devarim – [Administering Justice from Deep Sense Sensitivity, Empathy and From Personal Experience, as well as Judging Others Favorably] 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) This week […]

Parashat Devarim

TORAH PORTIONSDevarim is the 44th parashah in the annual cycle of Torah reading, and the first one in the Book of Deuteronomy, the fifth and final book of the Torah. It tells of Moses addressing the Israelites as they prepare to enter the Land of Israel, delegating leaders, […]

Matot Adv

11. The world is maintained by two colors only Rabbi Yehuda and Rabbi Yitzchak talk about the wise-hearted women that spin and work with their hands, and from this they derive that those women combine Judgment and Mercy. We hear that Rabbi Elazar said that every woman is […]