A Study In Megalomania: Korach

By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa’aretz Institute When a major general is told that he will not be promoted to be the next chief-of-staff, he feels deeply disappointed—sometimes to the point...

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,...

Bloom on Parashat Bamidbar: The Desert

By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa’aretz Institute It is fascinating that despite the fact that our Torah is all about conducting ourselves in our everyday lives, and its uniqueness lies in...

Bloom on Behar: Shemittah Rest For Rejuvenation

By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa’aretz Institute “When you enter the land that I assign to you, the land shall observe a Sabbath to the L-rd … But in the seventh...

Bloom on Parashat Emor: Sacrifices From Our Produce

By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa’aretz Institute “And when you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap all the way to the edges of your field, or gather...

Bloom on Acharei Mot: The Land Depends On Family Purity

By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa’aretz Institute “For all those abhorrent things done by the people who were in the land before you, the land became defiled. So let not the...

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...

Bloom on Parashat Metzorah: Tzara’at of the Home

  By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa’aretz Institute “When you enter the land of Cana’an that I give you as a possession, and I inflict an eruptive plague (tzara’at) upon a house...

Bloom on Tazria: Blessing for Trees

By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa’aretz Institute This Shabbat, Rosh Chodesh Nissan, is our first opportunity to say birkat ha’ilanot, the blessing for the trees: בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה ה', אֱלֹקֵֽינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, שֶׁלֹּא...

Tazria: The Eternal Covenant

By Rabbi Yossy Goldman וביום השמיני ימול בשר ערלתו And on the eighth day the foreskin of his flesh shall be circumcised. — Vayikra 12:3 The above verse comes from the opening lines...
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