Mishneh Torah

בְּשֵׁם ה’, אֵל עוֹלָם (בראשית כא,לג) In the name of the LORD, the Everlasting God (Genesis 21,33) THE COMPLETE RESTATEMENT OF THE ORAL LAW (Mishneh Torah) The Law as it should actually be practiced by all in our day by the Master Teacher Moshe son of Maimon (also known as RaMBaM or Maimonides) in Hebrew according to the Yemenite manuscripts and English as prepared by … Continue reading Mishneh Torah

Mishneh Torah

Positive Commandments א  מִצְוָה רִאשׁוֹנָה מִמִּצְווֹת עֲשֵׂה, לֵידַע שֶׁיֵּשׁ שָׁם אֱלוֹהַּ, שֶׁנֶּאֱמָר “אָנֹכִי ה’ אֱלֹהֶיךָ” (שמות כ,ב; דברים ה,ו). 1  The first of the positive commandments is to know that there exists God, as it is written “I am the LORD, thy God” (Exodus 20,2; Deuteronomy 5,6). ב  לְיַחֲדוֹ, שֶׁנֶּאֱמָר “ה’ אֱלֹהֵינוּ, ה’ אֶחָד” (דברים ו,ד). 2  To acknowledge His Oneness, as it is written “the LORD … Continue reading Mishneh Torah

What does the word “leimor” mean?

“Va’eschanan el Hashem b’eis ha’hi leimor.” What does the word “leimor” mean in this context? Ramban writes in Shmos 6:20 that the word “leimor” means to articulate clearly, as opposed to “amira m’supekes.” “Vayidaber Hashem el Moshe leimor” means (according to Ramban) that Hashem gave Moshe some message and charged him with the task of articulating it clearly to Bnei Yisrael. That makes sense in … Continue reading What does the word “leimor” mean?


Torah Reading: DEVARIM, Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22 Isaiah 1:1-27. THE BOTTOM LINE As always, we commence the reading of the book of DEVARIM (Deuteronomy), the last of the Five Books of Moses, on the Shabbos preceding the fast of Tisha Be’Av (9th Av) commemorating the destruction of the Holy Temple. Tisha Be’Av is a call to Teshuvah (repentance), setting us on course for the season of Teshuvah … Continue reading TORAH: DEVARIM

Laws of Torah Learning on Tisha B’av

• The study of Torah is prohibited on Tisha B’Av because Torah brings joy to those who study it. One may study Iyov, Eicha and the somber portions of Yirmiyahu (Ta’anit 30a). • It is also permissible to study the laws of mourning (Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 554:2). • When studying the appropriate portions, one may also study the commentaries (Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 554:2) … Continue reading Laws of Torah Learning on Tisha B’av


STUDY GUIDE PINCHAS (CHAPTER 25:10–30:1) SUMMARY OF THE TORAH PORTION Phinehas is rewarded by God for his daring and courageous act with a covenantal guarantee of a perpetual priesthood for his descendants; Moses is commanded to kill the Midianites for attempting to undermine the Israelite nation by seducing them to commit acts of sexual immorality and idolatry; a new census is conducted, by tribe and … Continue reading LET’S STUDY ONKELOS PINCHAS

Parashat Pinchas / Rashi

1st Portion Chapter 25 10The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: יוַיְדַבֵּר יְהֹוָה אֶל משֶׁה לֵּאמֹר: 11Phinehas the son of Eleazar the son of Aaron the kohen has turned My anger away from the children of Israel by his zealously avenging Me among them, so that I did not destroy the children of Israel because of My zeal. יאפִּינְחָס בֶּן אֶלְעָזָר בֶּן אַהֲרֹן הַכֹּהֵן הֵשִׁיב אֶת … Continue reading Parashat Pinchas / Rashi


UNIVERSAL TORAH: BAMIDBAR By Rabbi Avraham Greenbaum Torah Reading: Numbers 1:1-4:20 Haftara: Hosea 2:1-22. IN THE WILDERNESS It was fitting that the Giving of the Torah took place in no-man’s-land amidst the stark desolation of the Wilderness. Here no temporal king could claim that he played host to the event, thereby meriting a special share in the glory. The Children of Israel were chosen to … Continue reading BAMIDBAR

The Everlasting Mitzvah

Question: Are there differences in actual Torah laws among the Sephardic, Ashkenazi, and Yemenite customs? Why is it not possible to make a decision that Jews of all backgrounds should rule on Halacha in the same manner? Answer: The Rambam (Chapter 9, Halacha 1 of Hilchot Yesodei Ha’Torah) writes: “Something written explicitly in the Torah, namely a Mitzvah, is everlasting and is not subject to … Continue reading The Everlasting Mitzvah

Understanding Torah

Reb Yochanan Sofer writes that he remembers when he began to attend to his grandfather Reb Shimon Sofer zt”l for several hours during the day, the remaining hours that he utilized for learning were tremendously productive. In only a short period of time, he was able to understand the depths of the Gemora and the Rishonim; something that would normally have taken him days on … Continue reading Understanding Torah