Tag: Torah Study

Going to the House of Hashem

Parshas Bamidbar Shavuos This coming Motza’ei Shabbat, we begin observing the holiday of Shavuot. R’ Yitzchak Arama z”l (Spain; died 1494) asks what he calls a “strong question”: Why does the Torah never mention that Shavuot is the anniversary of the Giving of the Torah? He offers several answers: First, the Torah cannot logically […]

Torah Reading for Ki Tisa

Exodus Chapter 30 11The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: יאוַיְדַבֵּ֥ר יְהֹוָ֖ה אֶל־משֶׁ֥ה לֵּאמֹֽר: 12“When you take the sum of the children of Israel according to their numbers, let each one give to the Lord an atonement for his soul when they are counted; then there will be no […]

More Righteous than the Pharisees?

The Master said that unless the righteousness of His disciples exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, they will not enter the Messianic Era (Matthew 5:20). The conventional stereotype assumes that the Pharisees and teachers of the Torah were merely hypocrites pretending to be pious. Under that assumption, the […]


SECTION IX. VAYESHEV.   And Jakob dwelt in peace in the land of the sojourning of his fathers, in the land of Kenaan. These are the generations of Jakob. Joseph was a son of seventeen years. He had come forth from the school, and was a youth brought […]

Who’s Your Teacher

The Sages, seeing that his mind was clear, entered his chamber and sat down at a distance of four cubits. ‘Why have ye come?’ said he to them. ‘To study the Torah’, they replied; ‘And why did ye not come before now’, he asked? They answered, ‘We had […]


GENESIS 1 (ONKELOS) — 1 In the first times(1) the Lord created the heavens and the earth. 2 And the earth was waste and empty, and darkness was upon(2) the face of the abyss; and a wind from before the Lord blew upon the face of the waters. […]


Torah Reading: VAYELECH: Deuteronomy 31:1-30. VEYELECH – THE TRANSMISSON OF THE TORAH With the Torah almost complete except for the concluding Song (HA’AZINU) and Moses’ Blessings (VE-ZOS HABRACHAH), it was necessary to ensure the transmission of authority from Moses to his divinely-appointed successor, Joshua and the transmission of […]