Haftorahman Explains Machar Chodesh

By Reuben Ebrahimoff - The Haftorahman This week's Haftorah is read when Rosh Chodesh falls out on Sunday Night. It is called Machar Chodesh, or tomorrow is the new month. The...

Where I Stand: Beha’alosecha: Pain Or Privilege?

By Rabbi Yossy Goldman OK, I admit it. I’m not sure how I would have behaved if I were in the position of the Jews back in the Wilderness. We...

From Where I Stand

Tzav: The Only One BY RABBI YOSSY GOLDMAN A satisfying aroma to G-d” — Vayikra (6:14) Without going into the whole question of sacrifices, one difficult phrase that appears in this week’s...

From The Chassidic Masters: Error Of The Spies

  The Torah portion Sh’lach relates how the men sent to spy out Eretz Yisrael returned and reported that the country was unconquerable. The Jewish people, they said, would be...

Parashat Matot-Masei: What Do Borders Mean to Us?

By Rabbi Moshe Bloom There’s something intimidating about boundaries, something stifling and confining. Even if it’s not a high partition barrier covered by barbed wire, surrounded by intrusion-tracking dirt roads,...

Ki Savo: G‑d In The Fast Lane

By Rabbi Yossy Goldman All these blessings will come upon you and overtake you. —Devarim 28:2 Can we prepare for a blessing? Can one plan to be blessed? Obviously, we believe that...

Challah: The Odd One Out?

By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa'aretz Institute This week’s parashah should have been a party for all of those involved in the mitzvos tied to the Land of Israel. This is...

Parashat VaEtchanan: Glatt Kosher Bacon

By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa'aretz Institute “It shall be that when Hashem, your G-d, brings you to the Land … to give to you great and good cities that you...

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...

Parashat Re’eh: The Importance Of The Journey

By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa'aretz Institute “Should the distance be too great for you, should you be unable to transport them, because the place where Hashem your G-d has chosen...

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