Finding Place for the Misfits 5779

Finding Place for the Misfits Parshat Naso  By Rabbi Gideon Weitzman  Former Rosh Kollel in Kansas City (1998-2000) Currently head of the English Speaking Section of the Puah Institute The Sotah and the Nazir This week’s Parshah contains two apparently...

“We’re All Individuals” 5779

“We’re All Individuals” Parashat Naso Le’Zecher Marat Chaya Chana bat Yona HaCohen By Simon M. Jackson  Legal Adviser to Torah MiTzion Knowing as we do how careful and sparing the Torah is in its use of words, it is particularly surprising to read (and even harder for...

What is So Great about the Nazir? – 5776

Ilan Lavan Incoming Coordinator of Experiential Jewish Education – Moriah College, Syndey   What is So Great about the Nazir? In the middle of Parshat Naso, the laws of the Nazir are greatly detailed. He must abstain from drinking wine for thirty days. He...

Agriculture, Egypt, And Us

The mitzva of bikkurim (bringing one’s first fruits to the Mikdash) is commonly understood as intended to express gratitude to Hashem for the successful yield He granted to His nation dwelling in His land. The Sefer Hachinuch writes this explicitly in mitzva 91....

The Unknown Way (back) to the Simple Meaning

Rabbi Emanuel Cohn Former Avrech in Montreal (2001-2003) Founder of “Torah MiCinema” – Teaching Film and Judaism   In our Parasha we learn about the Nazir (Nazirite). We are used to the thought that a Nazir is a Jew who takes upon himself to...

Kohen and Nazir – 5769

Roi Peretz Former Shaliach in Chicago   I am indebted to my fellow yeshiva student David Sabato for the following idea. The Torah does not explicitly address the role and character of the nazir (nazirite). The only information that our parshah provides us with...