Parshat Noach – One Divine Truth – 5764

A dilemma is frequently encountered upon embarking on a journey into the world of Torah learning. Whilst intending to encounter “The Truth”, we find instead a myriad of conflicting opinions- with every issue a machloket. The one-andonly Truth we pursued seems lost in...

5764 – “In the beginning God created…”

The following Midrash appears in Midrash Rabbah (Midrash on the Bible):  Rav Hunah in the name of Rav taught: For the sake of three things the world was created, for the sake of Hallah (the Mitzvah to set a side a portion of the dough), Ma’aser (tithes) and Bikurim...

Gush Dan – 5764

“Dan is a lion cub, leaping forth from the Bashan” (Devarim 33:22) The above Pasuk is, at first glance, unclear. The portion of the tribe of Dan was meant to be in the area which is now called “Gush Dan,” to the west of Israel, while the Bashan is situated to the east...

Removing Succah Decorations During Sukkot – 5764

Though a Succah needs only proper walls and a schach roof to enable one to fulfil the mitzvah of Succah, when possible the Succah should be decorated as well. (Mishna Berurah OC 638 section 11in the name of Elya Raba) Decorations used for the Succah may not be used...

Personal Reflections on Sukkot – 5764

Rabbi Emanuel Cohn Former Avrech in Montreal (2001-2003) Founder of “Torah MiCinema” – Teaching Film and Judaism   A couple of weeks ago I and my wife returned to Israel from a two-year Shlichut in Montreal. Our major Canadian souvenir, our...

Shabat Shuvvah – 5764

There are two areas in which the Torah stresses the concept of hierarchy, of a movement from “high to low”, from parents to children. The first is Torah learning. The Torah expresses this obligation thus “and you should teach your children to speak of them (words of...

2) Halakha In Our Times – 5764

Simon Jackson Legal Advisor to Torah Mitzion   Should a lawyer, who has served a sentence of imprisonment for forging legal documents or stealing clients’ money but who has now turned over a new leaf, be entitled to continue practicing as a lawyer? 1. On the one...

Rosh Hashana Which Falls On Shabbat – 5764

This year, Rosh Hashanah falls on Shabbat and Sunday, and we will not therefore be able to fulfill the Mitzvah of sounding the Shofar on the first day of Rosh Hashanah – only on the second. I always wondered, both as a young child and as an adult, why the Shofar is...

Parshat Nitzavim-Vayelech – 5763

Rabbi Eli Blum Former Rosh Kollel, Cleveland (2007)   Parshat “Nitzavim” is, in effect, the beginning of the end of the book of Devarim, and deals with the renewed covenant that the nation enters into on the basis of the principles, which we find throughout the...