“Justice, justice shall you pursue”

  This week’s Parsha talks about the way a nation should build a state and governing system; in the Parsha we can see a wide array of subject that touch on the same theme: the appointment of judges and police officers, how to run a court, the king and his...

Berachot and Matanot Aniyim

There are two types of “agricultural gifts” – matanot aniyim”:  1) those, one is obligated to give at the preliminary stages of agricultural production, for example the mitzvah of bikkurim. 2) Those one ‘gives’ at the end of growing one’s crops, for example the...

Senseless Hatred – Cause and Cure

How is it possible to be genuinely kind to someone and to hate them at the same time?   Remarkably, this is what the Talmud seems to say regarding the spiritual cause of the destruction of the Second Temple:   “During the Second Temple period the people occupied...

Thoughts on the Rereading of the Aseret Hadibrot

Much has been written trying to explain the distinctions between the Aseret Hadibrot as originally formulated in Parshat Yitro as opposed to the way they are relayed in Parshat VaEtchanan (see, for example, Ibn Ezra and Ramban Shmot 20:7 and Rambam Moreh Nevuchim...

The Great Journey

אֵ֜לֶּה מַסְעֵ֣י בְנֵֽי-יִשְׂרָאֵ֗ל אֲשֶׁ֥ר יָצְא֛וּ מֵאֶ֥רֶץ מִצְרַ֖יִם לְצִבְאֹתָ֑ם בְּיַד-מֹשֶׁ֖ה וְאַהֲרֹֽן וַיִּכְתֹּ֨ב מֹשֶׁ֜ה אֶת-מוֹצָאֵיהֶ֛ם לְמַסְעֵיהֶ֖ם עַל-פִּ֣י ה’ וְאֵ֥לֶּה מַסְעֵיהֶ֖ם לְמוֹצָאֵיהֶֽם: “These are the journeys of the children...

Moshe the Quintessential Leader 5779

Moshe the Quintessential Leader Parashat Pinchas By Rabbi Moshe Aberman Former Rosh Kollel (Chicago, 1997-99) Great leadership is often measured by actions taken at times of crisis. George Washington is remembered primarily for leading the thirteen colonies in their...

Bilaam and the War of Narratives 5779

Bilaam and the War of Narratives Parashat Balak By Rabbi Baruch Winetraub Former Sgan Rosh Bet Medrash in Toronto (2011-2014) Currently Community Rabbi in Tel Mond and  Ram in Yeshivat Har Etzion  The story of Balak and Bilaam is unique among the stories in the Torah....

The Role of Revelation 5779

The Role of Revelation Parashat Chukat By Rabbi Mordechai Torczyner‏ Rosh Kollel YU TMT Zichron Dov, Toronto The haftorah of Parshat Chukat presents the tragic figure of Yiftach, from approximately 300 years after the Jews entered the Land of Israel. In Yiftach’s...

The Blooming Stick and the Levi’ims Role 5779

The Blooming Stick and the Levi’ims Role Parashat Korach By Rabbi Yedidya Noiman Rosh Kollel (Montreal, 2016-19) In the aftermath of the crisis of Korach, Hashem performs a miracle with Aharon’s stick; In order to show that he was chosen to serve as the Kohen...