A Healing for the Spirit 5779

A Healing for the Spirit Parashat Behar By Rabbi Eldad Zamir Former shaliach TMT Cape Town 1997 -1998,  Senior Instructor at the Nativ ’Giyur” program in the IDF In this week’s parasha we once again, find the commandment of keeping the Shabbat. In the last verse...

The Land He Gave to Mankind

Rav Jake Vidomlanski Former Shaliach in Cleveland (1998-1999) Currently Ram at Yeshivat Lev HaTorah and Sgan Rosh Moshava IO   The Land He Gave to Mankind   Parashat Behar is dominated by the laws of Yovel and their nature. Ultimately what marks the Yovel is that...

Usury and the Land of Israel – 5777

Rabbi Jake Vidomlanski Fromer Shaliach in Cleveland (1998-1999) Currently Ram at Yeshivat Lev HaTorah and Sgan Rosh Moshava IO   Usury and The Land of Israel   In the context of the prohibition of usury the Torah inexplicably closes the prohibition with the...

Follow Me Into the Wilderness – 5776

Rabbi Dudi Winkler Former Rosh Kollel in Melbourne 2011-2014 Currently Rebbe at Yeshivat Lev HaTorah and inaugural director of Lev LaChayal, the Yeshiva Center for Lone Soldiers   Follow Me Into the Wilderness Our Parasha, Parashat Behar, presents a very wide...

Divine Providence And The Laws Of Shemittah

This week’s parasha deals mainly with the laws of shemittah – the seventh year and yovel – the fiftieth year – during which the farmer has to leave his land fallow, relying on G-d alone for his sustenance. He thereby acknowledges his trust in G-d,...

Between Malls, Shuls And Nature – Where Do We Stand?

“When you come into the land that I give you, the land shall observe a Sabbath rest for hashem… your field you shall not sow and your vineyard you shall not prune.” It seems that there has never been a harder mitzvah to observe than the mitzvah of Shmita,...

The Land of Israel – Nature and Nurture

Our people have a long-standing and illustrious connection with the Land of Israel. And not only Jews have a particular religious affinity for this land; Christians as well consider it to be ‘the holy land’. But what makes it holy? As we have just...

B’Shuvcha L’Tzion B’Rachamim – 5769

Rabbi Yishai Lisner Former Rosh Kollel in Montreal   Every day, we recite the familiar prayer: “May our eyes behold Your return to Tzion with mercy.” Yet, at first glance, this request seems to contradict Chazal‟s well-known teaching that Yerushalayim was:...