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:...

The Nation in Exile and Back Home Again – 5765

Tossed by the Storm This week is the third of the seven weeks of consolation when we read seven special Haftarot taken from the book of Yeshayahu. This week’s Haftarah opens with a bleak description of Am Yisrael: “She is afflicted, tossed by the storm and...

Modern Linguistics and Ancient Torah – 5764

Rabbi Emanuel Cohn Former Avrech in Montreal (2001-2003) Founder of “Torah MiCinema” – Teaching Film and Judaism   Roman Jakobson (1896-1982), a Jewish RussianAmerican linguist, has had a decisive influence on literary theorists for the last 60...