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...

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 Va’eschanan: Loving Hashem

By R’ Mordechai Young Rabbi Dr. Abraham J. Twerski tells a story of a man eating fish and saying he loves fish. Someone told the man, “You don’t love fish....

Parshiyot Matot / Masei: The Jordan River

By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa’aretz Institute This Shabbat we are celebrating the first anniversary of our weekly column in the 5TJT. For the coming year, G-d willing, we will continue...

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 Pinchas: A True Lottery

By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa’aretz Institute “Only through lots shall the Land be apportioned …” (Bamidbar 26:55). Our Rabbis taught: … Said to : “Yehoshua, do you convict me...

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 end, saved Israel from a...

Bloom on Balak: ‘A Star Rises From Jacob’

By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa’aretz Institute “A star rises from Jacob, a scepter comes forth from Israel; it smashes the brow of Moav, the foundation of all children of Seth”...

Chukas: Dealing With Embarrassment

By R’ Mordechai Young As a teenager, I went to Queens for Simchas Torah one year, since many of my friends were spending the chag there. At night, walking home...

Bloom on Chukat: Purification By the Wicked

  By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa’aretz Institute “Israel took all those towns; and Israel settled in all the towns of the Amorites, in Cheshbon and all its dependencies” (Bamidbar 21:25). “Why was...
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