Tu Bishvat – The Festival of Eretz Israel

For the PDF version: בשלח 5780 אנגלית “Rabbi Yehuda Ben Rabbi Simon said: “[The Torah commands us to] ‘follow God your Lord’. But how is it possible for a man of flesh and blood to ‘follow’ God? … In another place the Torah commands us to ‘Cling to Him’. Yet, is it...

Whales in the Red Sea

Rav Baruch Weintraub Former Rosh Kollel in Toronto (2011-2014)   “And Egypt pursed them, and entered [the sea] after them, all of Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots and charioteers, to the middle of the sea.” (Sh’mot 14:23) This sentence...

Parshat Beshalach

Parshat Beshalach and the parshiyot hashavua which come before and after it revolve around the first Geulah (Redemption). ThisGeulah serves as a model for every future Geulah – including the one whose beginning stages we are now privileged to experience. The...

The Religious Value Of The Concept Of Trial

In this week’s parashah, the Torah continues to relate to us the story of the Children of Israel and their exodus from Egypt. Following the ten plagues, departing the place of their bondage and the drowning of their enemies in the Red Sea, the nation find themselves...

The Secret Of Jewish History

In one of the most bizarre occurrences in the Torah, the Jewish people having survived the ordeals of Egyptand having miraculously escaped, decide to make a u-turn back towards the Egyptian border. Why would G-d command such a strange strategic move? Many of the...