The Parsha as a Medium for Growth

Rabbi Avraham Norin Currently teaches in Israel at the Machon Meir and Ora conversion program Click Here for the PDF version   When the Rabbis of Babylon divided the Torah into 54 weekly portions, it was not simply done to make a convenient number of Torah portions to...

Eradicating the Impurities in Our Lives

Click HERE for the PDF version In this week’s Parsha, Moshe commands Bnei Yisrael to destroy everything in Eretz Yisrael that was used to worship other gods. “אַבֵּ֣ד תְּ֠אַבְּדוּן אֶֽת כָּל הַמְּקֹמ֞וֹת אֲשֶׁ֧ר עָֽבְדוּ שָׁ֣ם הַגּוֹיִ֗ם אֲשֶׁ֥ר אַתֶּ֛ם...

Super Heroes – 5777

Hanoch Shalev Former Shaliach in Melbourne (2003-04) Currently Dev. Manager and Owner of Shabbat Shalev” blog Super Heroes   Man is a vessel which was created to receive the divine abundance. Hashem emanates and we collect. So too, all creatures of creation...

Parshat Re’eh – 5776

Reuven Kolton Former Shaliach in Memphis Currently M.A in Economics. Teaching Assistant in Ben-Gurion University and Sapir Academic College   I remember the time I had the privilege of visiting, for the first time, the Starbucks on Poplar and Ridgeway in Memphis....

The Place Which the Lord Your God Shall Choose

Emanuel Elstein Former Shaliach in Washington (2003-4) and Memphis (2010-12)   Jerusalem, as we know, is the center of the world from which all the universe grew, the focal point of all our prayers. Endless world have been spoken about it. But surprisingly, our...

We must occupy the whole land and preserve our Torah.

“Observe that I am placing before you both a blessing and a curse…. When G-d brings you to the Land… you must declare the blessing on Mount Gerizim and the curse on Mount Eval” (Deuteronomy 11:26,29). We might ask: How did the Israelites carry this out? The Talmud...

The two choices – today and in history

The two choices – today and in history Rav Baruch Plaskow, Rosh Kollel, Montreal Kollel, 2005 ‘See! I give you today (a choice of) a blessing and a curse. The blessing, when you listen to the commandments of God your Lord, which I command you today. The...

Choice and Guidance

Rabbanit Daphna Kannai   One of the most prevalent dilemmas which we have as parents and teachers is how to balance two needs which sometimes seem to contradict each other. On the one hand, it seems important to give enough space to our children and students, so...

Tzedakah: For Our Own Good – 5769

Rabbi Eliad Avruch Former Shaliach in Atlanta   Tzedakah: For Our Own Good Eliad Avruch, Kollel Graduate, Atlanta Kollel, 2009 Dedicated to the memory of my grandfather, Chanina ben Moshe z”l, who passed away on Erev Shabbat Re’eh 5763. “If there will be among...