Parsha Insights on Vayakhel: The Permanent Delight

By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa’aretz Institute “On six days, work may be done, but on the seventh day you shall have a Sabbath of complete rest, holy to the L-rd;...

Bloom: Parashat Chayei Sarah, The Patriarch Who Never Left Israel

  By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa'aretz Institute “… but do not take my son back there.” (Bereishit 24:8) Our only patriarch who was born in the Land of Israel, never to leave,...

Yisro: Keep Your Balance

By Rabbi Yossy Goldman What is the definition of a well-balanced individual? One who has a chip on both shoulders! This week we read the Ten Commandments. The great Revelation at...

Parashat Mikeitz: A Meaningful Offering

By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa'aretz Institute “Take of the land’s choice produce in your baggage, and bring it down to the man as a tribute — a bit a balsam,...

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: Mikeitz

And they did not recognize him. –Bereishis 42:8 Is isolationism the only way to live as faithful Jews, or can we scale the ghetto walls and still remain devout? This is,...

Parashas Eikev: Giving Up Credit

By Rabbi Mordechai Young As children, we all learned about the famous midnight ride of Paul Revere. He announced, “The British are coming! The British are coming!” He left Boston...

From Where I Stand: Chukas Conduct Unbecoming

  By Rabbi Yossy Goldman A life sentence for jaywalking? Twenty years for chewing gum in public?! Singapore notwithstanding, surely that’s over the top. Was it so different for Moses, who, in...

Bloom on Parashat Vayikra: The Unique Offering

  By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa’aretz Institute “No meal offering that you offer to the L-rd shall be made with leaven, for no leaven or honey may be turned into smoke...

Antidote to Sodom: An Agricultural Lesson in Gratitude

  By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa’aretz Institute Where Is Sodom? Sodom is generally identified on the southern bank of the Dead Sea, some 390m below sea level, and it is the lowest...
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Book Review: ‘Torah Vodaas and Lubavitch’ By Rabbi Chaim Dalfin

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