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…

Sfas Emes Parshas Vayechi

Parshas Vayechi By Dr. Nosson Chayim Leff Sfas Emes, Zechuso Tagein Aleinu, Parshas Vayechi. 5631 The Sfas Emes begins by focusing on the parsha’s first four words: “Vayechi Ya’akov be’Eretz Mitzrayim… ” (“Ya’akov lived in Egypt…”). The Sfas Emes sees special significance in the Torah’s decision to start the parsha with the word ‘Vayechi’ Why?…

Sfas Emes – Parshas Vayeitzei

Parshas Vayeitzei By Dr. Nosson Chayim Leff Sfas Emes, Zechuso Tagein Aleinu, Vayeitzei, 5632 The parsha begins: “Vayeitzei Ya’akov miBe’eir Sheva, vayeileich Charana.” (ArtScroll: “Jacob departed from Beersheba, and went toward Haran.”) ArtScroll is presenting the pshat — the simple/plain/surface reading — of this posuk. I urge you to take a good look at this…

Sfas-Emes, Zechuso Tagein Aleinu, Toldos, 5631

Parshas Toldos By Dr. Nosson Chayim Leff Sfas-Emes, Zechuso Tagein Aleinu, Toldos, 5631 The Sfas Emes takes us back to the subject — and the reality — of “hester.” That is, HaShem is at all times present, but is “hiding” behind nature and chitzoniyus (superficial appearances). Last week, in Parshas Chayei Sara, the Sfas Emes…

Parshas Vayera

Parshas Vayera Vayera, 5632/33 The Sfas Emes begins this ma’amar with a quotation from the second paragraph of Medrash Rabba on this parsha. That Medrash Rabba, in turn, cites a pasuk in Iyov (19:26): “Ve’achar ori nikfu zohs; umibsari echezeh Eloka.” (ArtScroll: “After my skin was stricken, they pierced me; and I see the judgment…

Parshas Bereishis

Parshas Bereishis By Nosson Chayim Leff Bereishis, 5631 (1871) Let us begin from the beginning, the first ma’amar of the Sfas Emes on Parshas Bereishis. The Sfas Emes starts by quoting Rashi’s comment on the posuk (Bereishis, 2,2) “Vayechal Elokim … ” Says Rashi: “Ma haya ha’olam chaseir? Menucha! Bah Shabbos, bah menucha. Kalsa nenigmera…

Sfas Emes – Sukkos

The weekly Sfas Emes is now available in a Sefer. The Seferis called Emes Ve’emunah : A Sfas Emes Companion. This Sefer contains all of the materials in the weekly emails, plus new insights. The Sefer also contains the text in lashon hakodesh on which the Sfas Emes worked to produce his ma’amar. Accessing the…

Sfas Emes – Parshas Haazinu

Parshas Haazinu By Nosson Chayim Leff Ha’azinu, 5634 [paragraph 3] It helps to begin with some background information. In parshas Emor, the Torah presents many halachos which pertain to the Yomim Tovim. As we would expect, that material includes a section on Sukkos. That section, in turn, includes the halachos of the “arba minim” —…

Parshas Netzavim

By Nosson Chayim Leff Netzavim, 5361 In Parshas Netzavim (Devarim, 30: 21), Moshe Rabbeinu tells us: “Lo ba’shama’yim hi …” (“The Torah is not high up in the heavens”, and therefore, presumably inaccessible. Rather (Devarim, 30:14), “ka’rov ha’davar ei’lecha me’od” (“the Torah is easily within our grasp”). Knowing that the Torah is easily within our…

DAILY MASHAL

  SPIRITUAL ASCENT TO YERUSHALAYIM   The Gemora cites a verse in Shir HaShirim that states mah yafu peomayich baneolim bas nadiv, how lovely are your steps in sandals, O daughter of the noble? The Gemora explains that this verse refers to the lovely steps of the Jewish People when they ascended to Jerusalem for…

Daf Notes Chagigah Daf 2

Daf Notes is currently being dedicated to the neshamah of Tzvi Gershon Ben Yoel (Harvey Felsen) o”h May the studying of the Daf Notes be a zechus for his neshamah and may his soul find peace in Gan Eden and be bound up in the Bond of life. Mishna   [Our Mishna delineates who is…

Sfas Emes – Parshas Ki Savo

Parshas Ki Savo By Nosson Chaim Leff Ki Savo, 5631 The Sfas Emes takes as his initial text the following pasuk (Devarim, 26:16): “Ha’yom ha’zeh HaShem Eloke’cha metza’vecha la’asos es ha’chukim ha’eileh …” (“Today, HaShem, your G-d, commands you to do these decrees …”). This pasuk leads the Sfas Emes to draw our attention to…