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...

Bringing Merit to the Public – 5767

Rabbi Yisrael Shachor Former Rosh Kollel in Chicago   Parshat Re’eh deals with a number of topics. We will discuss one of them, namely the meisit (one who incites others to idol worship). Several important points emerge from an examination of the subject:...

Only at the Place – 5767

Rabbi Eli Blum Former Rosh Kollel in Cleveland Our parsha contrasts the nations’ avoda zara (idolatry) – which is performed everywhere – with Hashem’s demand that our korbanot (sacrifices) be offered only in the Mikdash: “Destroy, you shall destroy all the places...

Parshat Re’eh – 5766

Rabbi Shlomo Sobol Former Rosh Kollel in Detroit   Our parsha – like many others in Sefer Devarim – features the expression, “the place that God will choose” in reference to Jerusalem, the site where the Temple is destined to be built. The obvious question is:...