What is the Truth of Yaakov?

Rav Binyamin Krausz Former Rosh Kollel (Perth, 2008-2012) Currently teaching in the ‘Nativ’ conversion course and part of the Tzohar Organisation Click Here for the PDF version   Parashat BeChukotai that ends the book we have been reading – VaYikra,...

The Counting of the Omer

Shlomo H. Pick Beit HaMidrash, Ludwig and Erica Jesselson Institute for Advanced Torah Studies  Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel Click Here for the PDF version For the most part, Parashat Emor deals with the sanctity of the priests and the laws of the...

Treating The Disadvantaged

Mordechai Hadad Former Shaliach in Montreal (2016-17) Currently a student of Psychology and Education Click Here for the PDF version Parshat Kedoshim contains the famous pasuk: “You shall not insult the deaf, or place a stumbling block before the blind. You shall fear...

A Sin Offering for Giving Birth?

Rav Baruch Winetraub Former Sgan Rosh Bet Midrash in Toronto (2011-2014)  Currently Community Rabbi in Tel Mond and Ra”m in Yeshivat Har Etzion Click Here for the PDF version   The beginning of our parshah, apart from teaching us about brit milah, focusses on...

Coming Closer

Rabbi Ilan Goldman Former Rav-Shaliach, Bnei Akiva England Currently Executive Director, Project Aseret Click Here for the PDF version   Whenever the topic of korbanot (sacrifices) comes up, a clear memory comes to mind of an incident when I was in Yeshiva High School...

Deep Roots

For the PDF Version click hera וְזָכַרְתִּי אֶת בְּרִיתִי יַעֲקוֹב וְאַף אֶת בְּרִיתִי יִצְחָק וְאַף אֶת בְּרִיתִי אַבְרָהָם אֶזְכֹּר וְהָאָרֶץ אֶזְכֹּר, “I will remember My covenant with Yaacov and also My covenant with Yitzchak; I will also remember My...

I shall be sanctified amidst the children of Israel

For the PDF Version: אמור5780אנגלית ”They shall be holy to their God, and they shall not desecrate their God’s Name, for they offer up the fire offerings of the Lord, the food offering of their God, so they shall be holy”. (Vayikra 21, 6). “You...

Before Hashem

For the PDF Version: Here The theme of Parashat Acharei Mot is the ability to be “before Hashem”. The Parsha starts out with the sad fact that Aharon’s two sons died “when they drew near before Hashem” unsuccessfully (Varika 16:1). To...

Rabbi Akiva’s Legacy of Love and Respect

For the PDF version: Here The Gemara (Yevamot 62b) tells us that the 24,000 students of Rabbi Akiva all died between Pesach and Shavuot because they did not treat each other respectfully. A Geonic tradition (cited by Me’iri to Yevamot 62b) adds that the students...