“And She Named Him Moses” – 5777

Rav Avi Goldberg Former Rosh Kollel in Memphis (2008-2011) Currently teacher at “Himelfarb” high school in Jerusalem   “And She Named Him Moses” The birth of Moses and the name he was given are described in a special way in the Torah. As...

Where are the true leaders of Bnei Yisrael?

Rabbi Yona Simmons Former Rosh Kollel in Poland Currently a Programmer in Tel Aviv and Lectures in the Evenings in Modiin in Hebrew and English   Where are the true leaders of Bnei Yisrael? We find ourselves in Parashat Shemot, at the beginning of the Egypt ...

Parshat Shmot – 5769

Rabbi Michael Shtiglitz Former Shaliach in Chicago   In his introduction to Sefer Shmot, the HaAmek Davar discusses why Chazal simply refer to Sefer Shmot as Sefer Sheni (literally, the second book). After all, Vayikra is called Torat Kohanim, and Bamidbar is...

Leadership – 5768

Rav Asher Sabag Former Shaliach in Chicago (2003-4) In Parshat Shmot, we are introduced to Moshe Rabbenu – Am Yisrael’s first and foremost leader. Much has been written about Moshe’s leadership qualities, but I would like to focus on a specific point, which can...

Justifying Hatred – 5767

Rabbi David Rifkin Former Training Coordinator at Torah Mitzion   In the beginning of Sefer Shemot, we find the most puzzling pasuk in terms of understanding the recent history of Egypt.” And there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Yosef” Shmot 1:8....

The Completion of Creation – 5766

Tishrei and Nisan The Gemara (Rosh HaShannah 10b-11a) brings an argument between Rabbi Eliezer and Rabbi Yehoshua as to when the world was created. Rabbi Eliezer holds that the world was created in Tishrei. However, Rabbi Yehoshua is of the opinion that the world was...

The Nation of the Book and of the Family – 5765

Have you ever read a book in which pages from a different book had mistakenly been pasted? Sometimes one doesn’t notice the problem right away, but after a few lines of the “transplanted” text the reader suddenly finds himself in an altogether different world. This...