Bikkurim: Past, Present and Future – 5778

  Shira Sohn Torah MiTzion Bat Sherut 5776   Bikkurim: Past, Present and Future As Moshe’s speech reviewing the mitzvot comes to a close, Parshat Ki Tavo describes a number of mitzvot that Bnei Yisrael are to keep once they enter Eretz Yisrael. The first mitzvah...

Bikkurim: Past, Present and Future – 5777

Shira Sohn Shlichut Coordinator 5776   As Moshe’s speech reviewing the mitzvot comes to a close, Parshat Ki Tavo describes a number of mitzvot that Bnei Yisrael are to keep once they enter Eretz Yisrael. The first mitzvah described in the parsha is Bikkurim,...

Expanding Circles – 5776

Rabbi Yedidya Noiman Rosh Kollel Montreal   Expanding Circles “And now I brought the first fruits of the land which you Hashem gave me.” In the Parsha we see one of the summits of happiness and prosperity to which a Jew can reach. The Torah describes to us the...

The Rebuke

Eldad Zamir Former Shaliach in Cape Town (1997-1998)   The Rebuke A large part of this week’s Parasha is the rebuke, in which Moshe warned the people what will befall them if they do not follow G-d’s words. After this very long rebuke there is a very short...

Public Speeches, Private Deeds

I am a wonderful person: I woke up this morning and went to shul, davened the entire teffila with kavanah, gave an incredible amount of tzedakah as an anonymous donation. I helped an old lady cross the street, I dealt honestly and even politely at business with enough...

Uniting Past, Present And Future

“A grandfather stands before his newly born grandchild filled with paradoxical thoughts. Feelings of renewal merge with fading memories of the past. For the Torah-committed Jew, this scene has an added dimension. Gazing at the newborn, the grandfather also experiences...

The Redemption Of Sin

The time is late; less than two weeks to Rosh Hashanna and many of us are trying to fix our ways and prepare for the important festivals that lie ahead of us. After much painful introspection one is perhaps left with the question, why does G-d allow evil to exist? Why...

Mikra Bikurim

This weeks Parsha, פרשת כי תבוא, starts with מקרא ביכורים. What is this מקרא ביכורים? A man who is growing fruits has to bring his first fruit to the Temple and eat them there. When he brings the fruit that man has to say a certain t’fila and this is the מקרא ביכורים....

Showing Grace

הרב משה ברלינר, תשס”ג This week’s parashah opens with the extraordinary ceremony of the bringing of the First Fruits to the Temple in Jerusalem. In the course of that rite, in an act that establishes gratitude as a central motif in Jewish life, the individual...