Vayikra: Bulls and Lambs

BY RABBI YOSSY GOLDMAN When a man will bring an offering from among you . . . Vayikra 1:2 Not only animal rights groups have difficulty with this week’s parashah. Many, if...

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...

Nachamu, Nachamu, Ami

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5tjt.com Being joyous and celebrating Shabbos Nachamu is a custom with deep historical roots.  The Maharil in his Minhagim (27) explains that the entire nation...

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...

Three Divrei Torah for Parshas Ha’azinu

by Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5TJT.com This Sidra has 3 sections. Moshe’s Shira - Moshe Rabbeinu begins the shira by addressing the Heavens and earth – the Heavens will hear...

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,...

Sivan Rahav-Meir: Orthodox With a Hashtag

By: TOBY KLEIN GREENWALD The trendiest place to be every Wednesday night in Jerusalem is not a 1960s Anglo bar or a rock concert, but the packed hall of Hechal...

Other Side Of The Bench: No Noise Is Good News

There is news and there is noise. There are newsmakers and there are noisemakers. There are contrary opinions amongst individuals and groups, and then there are people who just...

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 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,...

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