The Power of Words – 5777

Rabbi Yedidya Noiman Rosh Kollel Montreal The power of words מוצא שפתיך תשמור ועשית כאשר נדרת לה' In the middle of our parasha we are told again about the importance and even the danger of fulfilling our oaths. The Tora warns us that have we sworn or accepted an...

Who’s ‘In’ and Who’s ‘Out’ – 5776

Rav Herzl Hefter Former Rosh Kollel in Cleveland (1995-1997)   Who’s ‘In’ and Who’s ‘Out’ This week’s parsha tells of the unique status of four nations; Ammon, Moab, Egypt and Edom. Because of historical acts of cruelty and insensitivity these nations are barred...

Vows of the Heart

David Prichen Former Shaliach in Chicago (2008-2010)   כב) כי תדר נדר לה’ אלוהיך לא תאחר לשלמו כי דרש ידרשנו ה’ אלוהיך מעמך והיה בך חטא כג) וכי תחדל לנדר לא יהיה בך חטא כד) מוצא שפתיך תשמר ועשית כאשר נדרת לה’ אלוהיך נדבה אשר דברת בפיך Reading...

The Coincedence, and the War against Amalek

Parashat Zachor, the section that appears at the conclusion of our parasha, and which presents the obligation to remember Amalek’s attack against Benei Yisrael, is among the most important sections in the entire Torah. It is of such importance that there rests...

Holy War

Introduction Since the establishment of the state of Israel fifty-five years ago, there has been a renewal of relevance in the study of the halachic ramifications of war. Jews living in their homeland have been forced to defend themselves against their surrounding...

The Mitzvah of Shaatnez – 5769

Rabbi Binyamin Krauss Former Rosh Kollel in Perth   One of the mitzvot which appears in Parshat Ki Teitzei is the mitzvah of shaatnez: “You shall not wear a mixture (shaatnez) of wool and linen together.” (Devarim 22:11) What is unique about wool and linen? And...

Remembering Amalek – 5768

Daniel Damoboritz Former Shaliach in New York   Many nations have been at war with Israel over the course of history, but there is one nation that stands out and known to be the vicious of them all to the extent that the Torah orders us to blot them out of our...

Standing Up To The Challenge – 5767

Rabbi Yitzchak Neria Former Rosh Kollel in Montreal   One of the most difficult problems facing today’s youth – as they begin their yeshiva studies or when they buckle down and think about where they’re heading – is “connection”. By this I mean the connection...

The Importance of Tomorrow – 5767

Rabbi Shlomo Sobol Former Rosh Kollel in Detroit   The struggle between Amalek and Am Yisrael will accompany the Jewish People throughout history until the Redemption at which time the memory of Amalek will be wiped away from the face of the earth and the name of...