The Cure for Envy

You must not desire your fellow’s house. (Exodus 20:14) G-d provides each of us with all the resources–possessions, talents, and strengths–that we require to fulfill our unique mission in life. We each achieve our ultimate fulfillment by dedicating these resources to our Divine mission and utilizing them to heighten the awareness of G-d in the…

Parshas Bo

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 & 2nd Aliyot: Moshe and Aharon forewarned Pharaoh about the Locust. His advisors begged Pharaoh to consider Moshe’s…

Haftorah – Parshas Vayeitzei

Parshas Vayeitzei Hoshea 12:13 – 14:10 This week’s haftorah is devoted to the Jewish nation’s severe plunge into idolatry. The Judean kingdom ultimately succumbed to the rampant practices of the Samaritan kingdom and engaged itself in foreign worship. This abhorrent conduct traced back to the days of Yeravam ben N’vat, the first Samaritan king. Shlomo…

Parshas Bereishis

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. In the beginning G-d created separate and different creations. Each of these separate and different creations has its own…

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…

KI TAVO THIRD READING

Deuteronomy 26: 16-19   Moses encourages the Jewish people to uphold their covenant with G-d that was forged at the Giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai.   In return for keeping the covenant, G-d would hold them especially dear, above His love for all other people.   What it means to be “set apart”…

Well Clarified In 70 languages

Hashem has Moshe make an unusual demand of the people: “2 It shall be on the day that you cross the Jordan to the Land that Hashem, your G-d, gives you, you shall set up great stones and you shall cover them with plaster. 3 You shall write on them all the words of this…

Why uphold Torah?

OJB Devarim 27 |26| Arur be he that confirmeth not divrei haTorah hazot by doing them. And kol HaAm shall say, Omein. This last curse, which condemns any and every transgression of the divine Law, shows that the individual cases mentioned in the preceding curses are only examples, and for the most part such as…

The war against evil

Synopsis of KI TEITZEI FIRST READING Deuteronomy 21: 10-21   Moses told the Jewish people that after they conquer the Land of Israel from its occupiers, they would be allowed, if necessary, to attack neighboring countries that posed a threat to their security. The war against evil   Moses told the Jewish people, “If you go…

Channeling Moses

EIKEV Devarim 10:12-11:9   Moses then told the Jewish people that G-d’s demands on them are not excessive, and certainly not disproportionate to the great mercy that G-d continues to show them.   ____________   INSIGHT  Channeling Moses   This “reverence” is the fear that G-d would see us doing something that we would be…

What Had to Be Said

D’var Torah Parshas Eikev What Had to Be Said By Rabbi Label Lam …lest you eat and be sated, and build good houses and dwell therein, and your herds and your flocks multiply, and your silver and gold increase, and all that you have increases, and your heart grows haughty, and you forget HASHEM, your…