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PARSHAT KI TAVO

“It will be that when you enter the land that HaShem, your G-D, gives you as an inheritance, and you possess it, and dwell in it, that you shall take the first fruit of every tree of the ground that you bring in from your land that HaShem, your G-D,...

PARSHAT KI TETZEI

“If a bird’s nest happens to be before you on the road, on any tree or on the ground – young birds or eggs – and the mother is roosting on the young birds or the eggs, you shall not take the mother with the young. You shall surely send...

PARSHAT SHOFTIM

SHOFTIM deals primarily with statutes pertaining to Israel’s leadership. Because leadership is not a position of honor for the individual but rather a burden of responsibility for the welfare of the Jewish people, the Torah sets down specific guidelines in order to steer our leaders towards attaining their full potential....

PARSHAT R’EH

“Then it shall be that the place where HaShem, your G-D, will choose to rest His name – there shall you bring everything that I command you: your olah offerings and your (peace offering) sacrifices, your tithes and what is raised of your hand, and the choicest of your vow offerings that...

PARSHAT EKEV

EKEV opens and closes with challenging ideas meant to condition the Jewish people towards properly fulfilling our mission. Early in the Sidrah, Moshe instructs Israel, saying “You will devour all the peoples that HaShem, your G-D, will deliver to you; your eye shall not pity them, you shall not worship their...

PARSHAT VA’ET’ḤANAN

“And I implored HaShem at that time, saying, ‘My L-rd, HaShem, You have begun to show Your servant Your greatness and Your strong hand, for what power is there in the heaven or on the earth that can perform according to Your mighty acts? Let me now cross and see...

PARSHAT DEVARIM

“They took in their hands from the fruit of the land and brought it down to us; they brought back word to us and said, ‘Good is the land that HaShem, our G-D, gives us!’ But you did not wish to ascend, and you rebelled against the word of HaShem...

PARSHAT MAS’EI

“You shall possess the land and you shall dwell in it, for to you have I given the land to possess it.” (BAMIDBAR 33:53)   The Ramban offers a lengthy explanation of this verse, asserting that the mitzvah for the Jewish people to conquer and reside within the Land of Israel is...

PARSHAT MATOT

“HaShem spoke to Moshe, saying, ‘Take vengeance for the Children of Israel against the Midianites; afterward you will be gathered unto your people.’” (BAMIDBAR 31:1-2)   HaShem instructs Moshe to wage war against Midian in retribution for that nation’s attempts to seduce and destroy Israel. But when Moshe, in turn,...

PARSHAT PINḤAS

Fearing Israel’s Divine protection, Moav and Midian followed Bilaam’s advice. They sent their women to entice the Hebrew tribes toward sexually promiscuous and idolatrous behavior that would betray Israel’s national values and sever our connection to the Kadosh Barukh Hu. The women were successful, primarily with the tribe of Shimon, and...