Bloom: Parashat Chayei Sarah, The Patriarch Who Never Left Israel

  By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa'aretz Institute “… but do not take my son back there.” (Bereishit 24:8) Our only patriarch who was born in the Land of Israel, never to leave,...

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...

Noach: The Problem With Preaching

From Where I Stand By Rabbi Yossy Goldman נח איש צדיק . . . בדורותיו Noach was a righteous man . . . in his generation. — Bereishis 6:9 Do sermons really work? Can the words...

Haftarat Parashat 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...

Va’eschanan: The Never-Ending Voice

By Rabbi Yossy Goldman קול גדול ולא יסף A mighty voice that did not end. —Devarim 5:19 The Ten Commandments are repeated in this week’s parashah as part of Moshe’s review of the...

Parashat Vayeilech: Standing At Har Sinai in The Beit HaMikdash

By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa'aretz Institute “And Moses instructed them as follows: Every seventh year, the year set for remission, at the Feast of Booths, when all Israel comes to...

Parashat Devarim: Serving G-d After The Sin

By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa'aretz Institute “As for you, turn about and march into the wilderness by the way of the Sea of Reeds. You replied to me … ‘We...
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TEAM Shabbos, December 22

Be aware. Be responsible. Be prepared. End-of-life arrangements may not be easy to talk about, but delaying the conversation sets the stage for serious problems—at a most difficult time. Join...

Bloom: Parashat Toldot, Yitzchak’s Gevurah In Gerar

  By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa'aretz Institute “And the Philistines stopped up all the wells which his father’s servants had dug in the days of his father Abraham, filling them with...

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...

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Halachic Musings: Thanksgiving

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