Rabbi Tzvi Hollander, a frequent guest to our community, once shared a chiddush, a novel idea, with me regarding the Pesach Seder. He said when it comes to the Seder, we are all guests, even the Baal HaBayis, the host. As a result, when the Seder falls on Friday evening, we don’t sing Shalom Aleichem….
Last year I shared a mashal from the Arvei Nachal and words of insight from Rabbi Benzion Twerski on a way to approach this season and grow from it.
The season of receiving the Torah is upon us. Now, time for cheesecake.
According to Bilvavi, there are three ways to grow spiritually:
The Gemara, Pesachim 116b, teaches us that every generation should view itself as if it was the generation that left Mitzrayim. If we consider this in light of the bnei yisroel’s first Pesach, we have an interesting situation. HaShem instructs klal yisroel to take hyssop, dip it in blood, and paint the doorways of our…
The sidra gives us a retelling of the different korbonos that can be brought. Near the end, we are given an accounting of the sacrifices to bring for unintentional sins. We have a list for the Kohen, for a ruler, and for the individual. There’s a common misconception that has been made regarding the notion…
I’m having an issue with our parsha. It’s really bothering me.
This week’s Divrei Torah is a double-hitter, both on Parshas Titzaveh and Purim. Enjoy!
What is Shovavim שובבים? Shovavim is an acronym for a set of parshios in which the Torah is telling us about the increasing levels of kedusha of klal yisroel. The parshios are: ש Shemos, ו Vaera, ב Bo, ב Bishalach, י Yisro, מ Mishpatim.
Yisro, the minister of Midian, the father-in-law of Moshe, heard everything that G-d did to Moshe and to Israel, His people – that HaShem had taken Israel out of Egypt. Yisro, the father-in-law of Moshe, took Zipporah, the wife of Moshe, after she had been sent away; and her two sons: of whom the name…
In the parsha, klal yisroel sing Shirah to HaShem regarding their redemption from mitzrayim, even though they were still in the midst of escaping their oppression.
This week we’re going to look at two aspects of Emunah.