Sfas Emes,Parshas Chukas

Parshas Chukas Sfas Emes, Zechuso Tagein Aleinu, Parshas Chukas The Sfas Emes begins this m’amar with a quote from the Zohar. The Zohar notes that our parsha starts: “Zos chukas haTorah” (“This is the Torah’s decree … “). By contrast, in Sefer Devarim (4:44-45), the Torah communicates the same message, but does it with very…

ADV Parsha Korach

The first Rashi in the Parsha is unique, and not found elsewhere, where Rashi says פרשה זו יפה נדרשת במדרש רבי תנחומא According to the peshat, which Rashi usually explains, Korach rebelled against the leader of all כלל ישראל, and was considered a רשע. However in דרש, Korach had lofty intentions, and was a great…

LESSON FOURTEEN: JAMES AND 1PETER

Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that there is one G-d. You do well. Even the demons believe…

METHODS OF SERVING HASHEM

METHODS OF SERVING HASHEMBASED ON TEACHINGS OF THE VILNA GAONTABLE OF CONTENTSCHAPTER ONEGENERAL TOPICSA. Biur HaGr”a on Zohar, Parshas Pekudei (Sha’am printing: p.30 column 4) states: “Pinchas is Eliyahu; and the reason that hewas later called Eliyahu and not by his original name is becausewhen a person increases his good deeds, a new soul is…

Parashat Korach / פרשת קורח

Parashat Korach / פרשת קורח Efrat, Israel –  “And the Lord spoke to Moses saying ‘send forth for yourself men to explore the land of Canaan…” (Numbers 13:1-2) The great sin of humanity was Adam’s disregard of God’s command not to eat the fruit of knowledge; the great sin of Israel was the Israelites’ disregard of God’s command to…

Adv Parashat Sh’lach

The date כג סיון is an important date mentioned in תנ”ך, in the Purim story, when the נהפוך הוא began. This is the date that the second letters went out, allowing the yidden to defend themselves. The Rokeach says that this is the largest pasuk in תנ”ך, being that the pasuk is a positive one…

LESSON THIRTEEN: EPISTLE TO THE HEBREWS

Therefore, since we are receiving a Kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve G-d acceptably with reverence and godly fear. For our, G-d is a consuming fire.Hebrews 12:28-29 Introduction Most commentators have used books like Galatians and Hebrews to promote replacement theology, and/or dispensationalism. Their western mindset and…

Parashat Sh’lach / פרשת שלח־לך

Parsha Summary for Parshas Shlach 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: Moshe sends the Spies on their mission. 2nd Aliya: The Spies return…

ADV Parashat Beha’alotcha

בהעלותך בס”ד The first four pesukim of the Parsha is the theme of the Parsha, the instructions to Aharon of the lighting the Menorah in the Mishkan. Rashi says that when Aharon saw the נשיאים bringing their sacrifices for the חנוכת המשכן, he had a חלישת הדעת in that he nor his שבט contributed. Hashem…

TO LOVE THE TORAH CHAPTER 7

PARENTS DUTY TO ENABLE THEIR CHILDREN TO LEARNAND LIVE TORAH LIVES AND THE ROLE OF PARENTSPRAYERS IN THEIR CHILDREN LEARNING TORAHSUCCESSFULLY A student’s success in his Torah studies often depends to alarge extent on the encouragement he gets from his parents.Therefore the attitude of parents to their sons’ Torah studies isa topic that we would…

Parashat Beha’alotcha / פרשת בהעלתך

Torah Portion: Numbers 8:1 – 12:16 After the dedication of the Sanctuary — the portable Temple and repository of the Torah — the Children of Israel were almost ready to start the journey to the Land of Israel. The purpose was to fulfill the mission of Abraham, the founding father: to take the Ark of the…