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,...

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...

Pinchas: What’s Your Bottom Line?

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 end, saved Israel from a...

From Where I Stand: Keep Your Eyes on Your Own Tent

  מה טובו אהליך יעקב How goodly are your tents, O Jacob. —Bamidbar 24:5 “That’s some new kitchen Sandra just had done. State of the art!” “Psst . . . Did you see the new car...

From Where I Stand: Chukas Conduct Unbecoming

  By Rabbi Yossy Goldman A life sentence for jaywalking? Twenty years for chewing gum in public?! Singapore notwithstanding, surely that’s over the top. Was it so different for Moses, who, in...

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...

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...

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...

Bamidbar: Every Jew Counts

By Rabbi Yossy Goldman Nine of the holiest rabbis cannot make a minyan. Enter one little bar mitzvah boy, and suddenly the minyan is complete! When we count Jews, there...

More Than Skin-Deep: The Deeper Meaning Of Tzara’as

  By Rabbi Jay Yaacov Schwartz There is the well-known homiletical observation that the three letters for the word nega (a wound or an affliction) — nun, gimmel, ayin — can...

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By: Elishama Marmon (‘20) On Shabbos, November 9-10, Rabbi Mendelson’s Eleventh Grade shiur enjoyed a Shabbos in yeshiva with their rebbe. In addition to inspiring...

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