Sfas Emes – Parshas Ki Seitzei

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 Shoftim

Parshas Shoftim By Nosson Chayim Leff Shoftim 5631/5635 This parsha begins: “Shoftim ve’shotrim ti’tein le’cha be’chol she’areetcha asher HaShem Elo’kehcha no’sein le’cha …” (ArtScroll: “Judges and officers shall you appoint in all your cities [literally, gates] which HaShem, your God gives you …”). The Sfas Emes tells us that his grandfather had his own way…

Sfas Emes

Parshas Reeh By Dr. Nosson Chayim Leff Re’eh, 5633 This parsha begins with a focus on choice. We hear Moshe Rabbeinu saying: “Re’ei a’nochi no’sein lif’nei’chem ha’yom bracha u’klalla”. (ArtScroll: “See. I present before you today a blessing and a curse … “). The Sfas Emes notes that implicit in this pasuk is a key…

Sfas Emes

Parshas Va’eschanan By Dr. Nosson Chayim Leff Sfas Emes, Zechuso Tagein Aleinu, Parshas Va’eschanan This parsha begins with Moshe Rabbeinu davening to HaShem. So it comes as no surprise that the first paragraph of Medrash Rabba on the parsha focuses on the subject of tefila (prayer). So, too, the Sfas Emes also concentrates today on…

Sfas Emes The Nine Days

Notes On The “Nine Days” We will soon begin ‘the ” Nine Days’ — a period of national mourning. This somber period starts with the first day of the month of Av — the day on which Aharon Hakohein was niftar ( took leave of this world ; i.e., passed away ). The mourning culminates…

Sfas Emes

Parshas Ma’sei By Nosson Chayim Leff Sfas Emes, Zechuso Tagein Aleinu, Parshas Mas’ei, 5632 The parsha begins (33: 1 -2): “These are the journeys of Bnei Yisroel who went out of Egypt … Moshe recorded their departures for their journeys (motza’ei’hem lemas’ei’hem) … these were the journeys for their departures” (mas’ei’hem lemotza’ei’hem). The Sfas Emes…

Parshas Matos Sfas Emes

  Parshas Matos   By Nosson Chayim Leff Matos, 5632 The Parsha begins with Moshe Rabbeinu in a meeting with the leaders of the Shevatim: Moshe tells them “Zeh Hadavar Asher Tsiva HaShem.” (This is — exactly — what HaShem has commanded.”) The Sfas Emes cites Rashi, who, in turn, follows the comment of the…

Sfas Emes, Parshas Pinchos, 5631

  Parshas Pinchas   By Dr. Nosson Chayim Leff Sfas Emes, Zechuso Tagein Aleinu, Parshas Pinchos, 5631 It helps to see this ma’amar in its historical context. Pinchos had stopped the outburst of aveira (sin), and the ensuing plague. Accordingly, HaShem had promoted Pinchos to the status of full-fledged kohein. The parsha’s first Medrash Rabba…