The Very Same Moshe and Aharon

Rav Hillel Meizels Former Shaliach in Cape Town (1999-2000) Currently Rav of Kehillat Ohel Efraim community in Ariel and local Mohel   The Very Same Moshe and Aharon Many good novels develop a story on different tracks which eventually wind up intertwining and...

The Wonder of Speech

Rabbi Yishai Lisner Former Rosh Kollel in Montreal 2007-2010   Moshe Rabbeinu tries to refuse Hashem’s mission by claiming: “Behold, I am of sealed lips; so how will Par’oh heed me?” (Shmot 6:30) In other words, I cannot speak properly,...

Parshat Va’eira – 5769

Shai Manela Former Shaliach in Melbourne   What would you do if you were suddenly told to eliminate the Ayatollah regime in Iran, solve the problem of slavery in Niger, or end Britain’s outrageous pollution? This is an easy question – if you’re a simple soldier...

Parshat Va’era – 5768

Daniel Damboritz New York Kollel 2008   The book of Shemot establishes a new era in the story told of the family of Avraham, Yitzchak and Yaakov. As we read through the book of Breishit, we evidenced the continuing battle of two oppositions seeking the right to...

Man’s Free Will – 5767

On the passuk “I will harden Pharaohs’ heart” (Exodus 7:3) the commentators bring a few explanations for the tension between Hashem’s knowledge to man’s free will. The question that forces the commentators to deal with this issue is; why...

Shortness of Breath and Hard Work – 5766

In a series of emotional verses at the beginning of this week’s portion, Moshe brings news of the coming redemption to the downtrodden and oppressed Jewish nation. He promises an end to their sorrows and the fulfillment of the covenant with the patriarchs. This...

The Plague of Frogs – 5765

Rabbi Yossi Slotnick Former Rosh Kollel in Cape Town (1997-1998) Currently Ra”m in Yeshivat Ma’ale Gilboa   A review of the first plagues with which God strikes Egypt reveals an interesting duality. The plagues are described from two different perspectives:...

Halakha In Our Times – 5764

Simon Jackson Legal Advisor to Torah Mitzion   The Right To A Name… “And these are the names of the Children of Israel…” Ever since the founding of the State of Israel, the Israeli Foreign Ministry has required all State representatives with foreign names...