From Where I Stand: Moral Is Normal

By Rabbi Yossy Goldman If anyone was bent on convincing us that Torah is old-fashioned, this would be a good parashah to prove it. Vayikra (Chapter 18) contains the Bible’s...

Halachic Musings: Eradicating Amalek By Eliminating Ga’avah

  As we read the parashah of remembering what Amalek did to us, there are a number of areas we can examine. What are the reasons for this mitzvah? Are...

Bais Yaakovs, the Navi Test, and the Archbishop

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5tjt.com The Navi Morah: “Girls, don’t forget that Thursday is a test on all of perek tes. Don’t forget to review the Malbims on the...

Parashat Lech-Lecha: The Two Sides Of The Co(i)nvert

By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa'aretz Institute Avraham: Father Of Jews And Converts “You shall be the father of a multitude of nations …” (Bereishit 17:4–6). We learn in the name of R’...

Parashat Vayeitzei: Ma’aser, A Symbol Of Permanence

By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa'aretz Institute “If G-d remains with me … and of all that You give me, I will set aside a tithe for you.” (Bereishit 28:20–22) A Tenth...

Haftarat Chazon and the Perpetuation of Memory

By Rabbi Yossy Goldman Devarim is the parashah associated with Tishah B’Av, the Jewish national day of mourning. On this Shabbos, we hear the famous haftarah of Chazon, the Vision...

10 Short Life Lessons from V’Zos HaBracha

by Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5tjt.com This Sidra has ten sections. Moshe Blesses the Shvatim and begins with Reuvain. The Sidrah begins with “And this is the blessing.” But why...

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 Sh’mot: The Land Of Diversity

By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa’aretz Institute “I have come down to rescue them from the Egyptians and to bring them out of that land to a good and spacious land,...

Chayei Sarah: Yiddishe Nachas

By Rabbi Yossy Goldman Once upon a time, a pious Jew was traveling through the countryside in Eastern Europe. He came to a shtetl where the local schochet (ritual slaughterer)...
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Pinchas: What’s the Line You Won’t Cross?

By Rabbi Yossy Goldman This is the parashah of Pinchas the Zealous. The courageous young priest stood up against idolatry and immorality and, in the...

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