Moshe the Quintessential Leader 5779

Moshe the Quintessential Leader Parashat Pinchas By Rabbi Moshe Aberman Former Rosh Kollel (Chicago, 1997-99) Great leadership is often measured by actions taken at times of crisis. George Washington is remembered primarily for leading the thirteen colonies in their...

Bilaam and the War of Narratives 5779

Bilaam and the War of Narratives Parashat Balak By Rabbi Baruch Winetraub Former Sgan Rosh Bet Medrash in Toronto (2011-2014) Currently Community Rabbi in Tel Mond and  Ram in Yeshivat Har Etzion  The story of Balak and Bilaam is unique among the stories in the Torah....

The Role of Revelation 5779

The Role of Revelation Parashat Chukat By Rabbi Mordechai Torczyner‏ Rosh Kollel YU TMT Zichron Dov, Toronto The haftorah of Parshat Chukat presents the tragic figure of Yiftach, from approximately 300 years after the Jews entered the Land of Israel. In Yiftach’s...

The Blooming Stick and the Levi’ims Role 5779

The Blooming Stick and the Levi’ims Role Parashat Korach By Rabbi Yedidya Noiman Rosh Kollel (Montreal, 2016-19) In the aftermath of the crisis of Korach, Hashem performs a miracle with Aharon’s stick; In order to show that he was chosen to serve as the Kohen...

Majority Rules? 5779

Majority Rules? Parashat Shlach By Rabbi Eldad Zamir Former shaliach TMT Cape Town 1997 -1998,  Senior Instructor at the Nativ ’Giyur” program in the IDF In democracies as well as in Jewish law, majority rules. A Beth Din must always consist of an odd number of judges...

We all need someone to lean on 5779

We all need someone to lean on Parashat Beha’alotcha By Gina Junger Member of “Shivtei Yisrael” community in Ra’anana Everyone has their breaking point; when they feel they just can’t handle the task they are given. Even Moshe Rabeinu! In...

Finding Place for the Misfits 5779

Finding Place for the Misfits Parshat Naso  By Rabbi Gideon Weitzman  Former Rosh Kollel in Kansas City (1998-2000) Currently head of the English Speaking Section of the Puah Institute The Sotah and the Nazir This week’s Parshah contains two apparently...

“We’re All Individuals” 5779

“We’re All Individuals” Parashat Naso Le’Zecher Marat Chaya Chana bat Yona HaCohen By Simon M. Jackson  Legal Adviser to Torah MiTzion Knowing as we do how careful and sparing the Torah is in its use of words, it is particularly surprising to read (and even harder for...

True Unity 5779

True Unity Parshat Bemidbar By Rabbi Alex Hecht Avreich at the YU Torah MiTzion Beit Midrash Zichron Dov, and rabbinic assistant at the Clanton Park Synagogue.  In the Jewish community, achdut (unity) is generally viewed as a positive value. Differences in custom or...

Recalculating Route 5779

Recalculating Route  Parashat Bechukotai By Hanoch Shalev Former Shaliach (Melbourne 2003-2004)  Currently Electo-optical System’s Technical Manager in Elbit   “If you will walk in my statutes: This is what is written (Psalms 119:59), “I considered...