Parsha

Parsha

Parshas Behar-Bechukosai: The Making of a Jew

This week we have a double parsha: Behar and B’Chukosai. With those two parshiot we conclude the Book of Leviticus and proclaim “Chazak Chazak–Be strong and of good courage” for it is through the steadfast study and observance of Torah that we are infused with...

Parshas Tetzaveh; Moshe Rabbenu Putting Himself on the Line

This week`s parsha, Titsaveh, opens with the words, “V`Atoh titsaveh..,”–”And you shall command…” The words “and you” are puzzling. Who is “you”, and why is “you” not identified? You, of course, is a reference to Moshe Rabbenu, and for the…

Parshas Mishpatim – The Stuff of Unity

There are families whose hold on Judaism and Jewish tradition is so tentative that the word “holy” is thought to be a reference to Jewish food, something having to do with bagels and lox. Yet, that same family will stubbornly…

Parshas Mishpatim – How to Relate to Your Fellow Man

The parashah opens with a most unusual expression, “V`eileh hamishpatim asher tasim lifneihem–And these are the commandments that you shall place before them.” (Exodus 21:1) Normally, the Torah instructs Moses with the words, “speak”, “command”, or “teach”–so why is Moses…

Parshas Yisro–Do You Listen to What You Hear?

Incredibly, the portion is entitled “Yitro” rather than “Moses” or “The Ten Commandments”. The reason for this begs an answer. The parsha opens with the simple, but piercing words, “Vayishma Yithro–Yithro heard”. The voice of G-d was audible throughout the…

Parshas Beshalach–“Song of the Sea”

Teaching young children has always been a joy for me. One of teaching’s special advantages is the clarity that emerges from conversation with people under the age of ten. A cute and oft-told story describes the reaction of one fourth…

Parshas Beshalach – Shabbos Shira

This Shabbos is known as the “Sabbath of Song” because it is in this parsha that Moses leads the Jewish men, and Miriam the prophetess, the Jewish women in singing the song of praise and exultation” to the Almighty G-d…

Parshas Vaera – The Art of Comfort and Consolation

To find the proper words on such occasions is never easy, but that was the challenge of Moshe Rabbenu as he addressed his brethren who were suffering in Egyptian bondage. At the beginning of the parsha, G-d charged Moshe with…