Deep Roots

For the PDF Version: בהר בחוקותי5780אנגלית 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...

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: Parshat Acharei Mot Before Hashem 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”...

Rabbi Akiva’s Legacy of Love and Respect

For the PDF version: אחרימותקדושים5780אנגלית 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)...

The Power of Man!

Why offer animals to an incorporeal, immortal and unhungry G-d? How could the ritual described in the opening verses of our parshah atone for sin? In the 16th century, Rabbi Moshe Isserles (“Rama”) published Torat Ha’Olah to explain the Beit haMikdash and its services...

Making Mistakes Can Be A Good Thing!

For the PDF Version: פרשת ויקרא 5780 אנגלית It was said in the name of Rav: “If all the seas were black ink, and the marshes were quills, and the heavens were parchments, and all the people were scribes, they would not suffice to record the depth of the mind of the...

Recalculating Route 5779

Recalculating Route  Parashat Bechukotai By Hanoch Shalev Former Shaliach (Melbourne 2003-2004)  Currently Electo-optical System’s Technical Manager in Elbit   “If you will walk in my statutes: This is what is written (Psalms 119:59), “I considered...

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...

Rabbis are not for Funerals 5779

Rabbis are not for Funerals  Parshat Emor By Rav Hanan Schlesinger Former Shaliach in Boca Raton (1998-2000) Currently Director of International Relations, Roots/Shorashimה These days, one of the most common points of contact between Jews and rabbis is at funerals....

Parashat Kedoshim – Orlah and Goji Berries 5779

Parashat Kedoshim – Orlah and Goji Berries  By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Former Rosh Kollel (Warsaw, 2013-17) Currently Head of the English department at Machon HaTorah Ve’Haaretz, |the Institute for Torah and the Land of Israel “. “וְכִי תָבֹאוּ אֶל...