Bereishis: Let There Be Light

By Rabbi Yossy Goldman “And the L‑rd said, ‘Let there be light.’” — Bereishis 1:3 Light has always been the most favored metaphor for all forms of revelation. The “G‑dly light,” “Divine...

Parashat Va’etchanan: Special Mitzvot of Erez Yisrael

By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa’aretz Institute In honor of the parashah that opens with Moshe Rabbeinu’s supplications to enter the Land of Israel, we will take a short break from...

Parashas Pinchas: Never Too Late for Teshuvah

By Rabbi Mordechai Young When I was a child, my father told me an amusing story. There was a very rich man who liked to have fun with his guests....

Bloom on Parashat Bamidbar: The Desert

By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa’aretz Institute It is fascinating that despite the fact that our Torah is all about conducting ourselves in our everyday lives, and its uniqueness lies in...

From Where I Stand

Bar Mitzvahs and Parshas Vayakhel By Rabbi Yossy Goldman “See G-d has appointed Betzalel, the son of Uri, the son of Chur of the tribe of Judah.” —Sh’mos 35:30. Chur, Betzalel’s grandfather,...

More Than Skin-Deep: The Deeper Meaning Of Tzara’as

  By Rabbi Jay Yaacov Schwartz There is the well-known homiletical observation that the three letters for the word nega (a wound or an affliction) — nun, gimmel, ayin — can...

From Where I Stand: Shemini Just Do It!

By Rabbi Yossy Goldman “Approach the Altar” –Vayikra 9:7 How do you develop confidence when you don’t have it? How does one overcome fear, nerves, and anxiety? Well, without going into major...

Bloom on Parashat Shemini: Kohanim and Their Livestock

By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa’aretz Institute “These are the contaminated ones among the teeming animals that teem upon the earth” (Vayikra 11:29). “All these instances of uncleanness are not to...

From Where I Stand: Vayechi, Immortality

By Rabbi Yossy Goldman He expired and was gathered unto his people. –Bereishis 49:33 A book’s title reflects the theme of the book. Likewise, the titles of our parashiyos should be accurate...

Bloom on Parashat Metzorah: Tzara’at of the Home

  By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa’aretz Institute “When you enter the land of Cana’an that I give you as a possession, and I inflict an eruptive plague (tzara’at) upon a house...
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