Written Dvar Torah The Nation, the Individual, and Teshuva

Parashat Nitzavim opens with a somewhat difficult pasuk: “You stand today, all of you, before Hashem your God: the heads of your tribes, your elders and your enforcers – all the people of Israel, your children, your women and your stranger in the midst of...

Experience is Everything

דוד רונד, דייטון, תשס”ג The Torah tells us that when the Jewish people come into the Land of Israel and have their own nation, the King should read the entire Torah in the presence of the entire nation every seven years. The Torah states, “Gather together...

Three Traits of Talmidei Chakhamim – 5769

Rabbi Boaz Genut Former Rosh Kollel in St. Louis Former Executive Director of Torah Mitzion Currently Director of the Department of Marriage and Community Affairs at Tzohar   For this commandment, which I command you today, is not too difficult for you, nor is it...

Standing Here Today – 5766

Rabbi Shmuel Yishai Hochman Former Rosh Kollel Milan (2006-7)   “You are standing here today” (Devarim 29:9). We are all in the same Parashah, on the same Shabbat, but a year has passed. Once again on Motza’ei Shabbat we will stand and pour out our hearts to...

“From the Dust – Arise” – 5765

Our parsha opens with the declaration of a covenant. Mosheonce again emphasizes Israel’s covenant with God and His land, highlighting the choices of honoring the covenant or violating it: “Life and death I set before you, the blessing and the curse; choose...

Where Teshuva and Zionism Meet – 5764

Rabbi Emanuel Cohn Former Avrech in Montreal (2001-2003) Founder of “Torah MiCinema” – Teaching Film and Judaism   This Shabbat we arrive at the last Shabbat of the old year, before we begin the year of 5765. The main topic these days is –or...

Parshat Nitzavim-Vayelech – 5763

Rabbi Eli Blum Former Rosh Kollel, Cleveland (2007)   Parshat “Nitzavim” is, in effect, the beginning of the end of the book of Devarim, and deals with the renewed covenant that the nation enters into on the basis of the principles, which we find throughout the...