ADV Parshat Nasso

Parshas נשא falls in the week of מתן תורה to impress the point that through Torah, all yidden have an elevation in stature- נשא. The תשלומים of Shavuos is during the week, unlike the other י”ט, where the תשלומים are on חול המועד. The Gemorra learns of the תשלומים of Shavuos, from a pasuk that…

The Torah is in the Hands of the Jewish Nation

Our Sages teach us in the Gemara (Berachot 5a) that Hashem does not conduct himself like human beings, for when a human being sells an object to another, the seller is upset about the loss of the object he was forced to sell and the buyer is happy about the acquisition of his new purchase….

Parashat Nasso / פרשת נשא

naso Portion Commentary   Messiah the Avenger Thought for the Week: Messiah is our redeemer. He has redeemed us from slavery, from sin, from condemnation and from death. He is our kinsmen redeemer, our brother in the house of God, who has ransomed us from the debt we could not pay. Therefore, we speak of Him…

LESSON ELEVEN: EPHESIANS, PHILIPPIANS, COLOSSIANS

”For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Messiah Yeshua for you Gentiles if indeed you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of G-d which was given to me for you, how that by revelation He made known to me the mystery (as I have briefly written already, by which, when you read,…

TO LOVE THE TORAH CHAPTER 6

TO THOSE WHO COMPLAIN THAT IT IS DIFFICULT TOUNDERSTAND GEMARA IT WILL BE EXPLAINED THATTHE PERSEVERANCE ITSELF A VERY IMPORTANT GOALSINCE IT MAKES YOUR HOLIER Young people often find learning Gemara too much of achallenge because they think it is very difficult to understand.There are two fundamental rules they ought to be aware of.Firstly, experience…

Listening to the Constant Prayer of the Soul

Listening to the Constant Prayer of the SoulHow to integrate meditation into Jewish prayer. BY HILLEL BRODER My Jewish Learning is a not-for-profit and relies on your helpThe mishnah in Brachot 5:1 states that the original pietists, the chasidim harishonim, would wait an hour before they began prayer. The Talmud in Berakhot 30b expands on…

Praying Repeatedly-A Spark of Ruach Ha’Kodesh

Question: Is it correct for one to plead and beseech Hashem for the same thing every single day or is it more proper to pray for a certain matter only several times and if one sees that one has not been answered, one should cease praying for that specific matter? Answer: The Gemara (Berachot 32b)…

The Bedtime Keri’at Shema

Question: Is it obligatory to read the bedtime Keri’at Shema? Similarly, should the blessing of “Hamapil” printed in Siddurim be recited before Keri’at Shema including Hashem’s name? Answer: The Gemara (Berachot 60b) states: “One who goes into bed to sleep recites the blessing ‘Hamapil Chevlei Shena Al Einai.’” The Tosafot and Mordechi write that all of the…

ADV Parsha BAMIDBAR

בס”ד במדבר   The Torah doesn’t say what exact date שבועות falls, implying that Shavuos- מתן תורה, being the 50th day of Sefira, is למעלה מן הזמן. It could fall on the fifth, sixth or seventh of Sivan, depending on whether Nisan and Iyar are מלא or חסר. Shavuos is called weeks since the great…

Parashat Bamidbar / פרשת בְּמִדְבַּר

This week we begin the book of Bamidbar, which means “in the desert” – which is where it all takes place. In English it’s called Numbers, as it begins with and contains a number of censuses of the Israelites. The Sforno comments on this divinely ordered counting of the Jewish people, and compares it to…

LESSON TEN: GALATIANS

Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel land and sea to win one proselyte, and when he is won, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves.Matthew 23:15 And certain men came down from Judea and taught the brethren, “Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of…

ADV Parsha Behar/Bechukosa

The מזל of the month of Iyar is שור, whereas the מזל of סיון is תאומים, twins -Gemini, which represents the שתי הלוחות or the תורה שבעל פה ותורה שבכתב, and the שתי הלחם. Behar is the 32nd Parsha, where בחוקתי is the 33rd . Parsha usually falling in the Shabbos after לג בעומר. There…