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,...

Lech Lecha: Airport Story

By Rabbi Yossy Goldman Every rabbi has an airport story. Some rabbis tell so many incredible stories of providential encounters on airplanes and in airports that I sometimes wonder 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...

Parashat Tzav: The Chosenness Of Kohanim

By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa’aretz Institute “This offering, with cakes of leavened bread added, he shall offer along with his thanksgiving sacrifice … of this he shall offer one of...

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...

Bloom on Parashat Pekudei: The Biblical Scarlet Worm

By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa’aretz Institute The second verse of our parashah states (Sh’mot 38:23): “Oholiav son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, carver and designer, and embroiderer in...

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...

Bloom on Mishpatim: An Entire Year of Shabbat

By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa’aretz Institute “Six years you shall sow your land and gather in its yield; but in the seventh you shall let it rest and lie fallow....

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...

Bloom on Shelach: Unique Mitzvah of Challah

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