What are we doing here? A look at Moshe’s final message

  Every so often we come across a passuk that has a deep message for us both in olam haHalacha and in olam haMachshava. This week, in Moshe’s climatic rally, we are taught the following: כי שם ה’ אקרא הבו גדל לא-להינו (דברים לב:ג) When I will proclaim the...

The Secret of the Atonement of Yom Hakippurim

“Rabbi Yehuda HaNasi says: For all transgressions in the Torah, whether one repented or did not repent, Yom Kippur atones” (Yoma 85b) According to Rabbi Yehuda HaNasi (Rebbi), Yom Ha-Kippurim atones for all sins in the Torah, both positive and negative, regardless of...

Don’t Forget: Increasing Good is the Antitidote to Evil

Parashat Ki Tavo begins by listing the steps we should take upon entering our homeland. We must acknowledge the good, give first fruits and tithes, provide for the leaders and teachers and care for the less fortunate. After giving the tithes we are commanded to make a...

“Self awareness – the decree of the hour”

By Rabbi Benjamin Krausz‏ Former Rosh Kollel in Perth (2008-12) Currently a teacher and educator in “Nativ” Our Parashah– Ki Tetze is famous for including the largest number of Mitzvot in the Torah. There is a very wide variety of Mitzvot, and one of...

“Justice, justice shall you pursue”

  This week’s Parsha talks about the way a nation should build a state and governing system; in the Parsha we can see a wide array of subject that touch on the same theme: the appointment of judges and police officers, how to run a court, the king and his...

Berachot and Matanot Aniyim

There are two types of “agricultural gifts” – matanot aniyim”:  1) those, one is obligated to give at the preliminary stages of agricultural production, for example the mitzvah of bikkurim. 2) Those one ‘gives’ at the end of growing one’s crops, for example the...

Senseless Hatred – Cause and Cure

How is it possible to be genuinely kind to someone and to hate them at the same time?   Remarkably, this is what the Talmud seems to say regarding the spiritual cause of the destruction of the Second Temple:   “During the Second Temple period the people occupied...

Thoughts on the Rereading of the Aseret Hadibrot

Much has been written trying to explain the distinctions between the Aseret Hadibrot as originally formulated in Parshat Yitro as opposed to the way they are relayed in Parshat VaEtchanan (see, for example, Ibn Ezra and Ramban Shmot 20:7 and Rambam Moreh Nevuchim...

Senseless Hatred – Cause and Cure

CEO, World Mizrachi Movement How is it possible to be genuinely kind to someone and to hate them at the same time?   Remarkably, this is what the Talmud seems to say regarding the spiritual cause of the destruction of the Second Temple:   “During the Second Temple...