Parshas VaYera 5781

A gitten erev Shabbos! This week’s parsha is Parshas VaYera. One of the defining aspects of the parsha is the Akeidas Yitzchok (Binding of Isaac). While this incident may appear quite troubling according to a simple reading, there is far more to be uncovered and understood learning it according to Kabbalah. In the Zohar HaKodoshContinue reading “Parshas VaYera 5781”

Creating Heaven on Earth

A gitte voch! In Parshas Ekev, we learn the second part of Krias Shma. At the end is a very interesting phrase, למען ירבו ימיכם וימי בניכם על האדמה אשר נשבע ה’ לאבותיכם לתת להם כימי השמים על הארץ, “In order that your days and your children’s days shall be numerous upon the land thatContinue reading “Creating Heaven on Earth”

Parshas Ekev 5780

A gitten erev Shabbos! This weeks parsha is Parshas Ekev. The injunction to love Hashem and cleave to Him is repeated several times in this parsha. Rashi and Ramban have different views as to what this means, commenting on the last usage of the word for cleaving in in Devorim 11:22 “כי אם שמור תשמרוןContinue reading “Parshas Ekev 5780”

The Torah Forgotten from the Jewish People

A horrible prophecy is learned out from Amos, in Maseches Shabbos daf 138b. The b’raisa states that the Torah will be forgotten from Klal Yisroel, rachmono litzlon. Chazal learn this out from a series of peskuim in Amos, all of which are brought there in the gemoro itself. There are examples there given of theContinue reading “The Torah Forgotten from the Jewish People”

The Path of Light

Mishlei 4:18-19 “וארח צדיקים כאור נגה הולך ואור עד-נכון היום: דרך רשעים כאפלה לא ידעו במה יכשלו” “The path of the Tzaddikim goes forth like a shining light illuminating greater until the proper point of the day (meaning: Chatzos/Noon according to Rashi and Metzudos Dovid). The way of the wicked is dark and they knowContinue reading “The Path of Light”

Parshas Korach 5780

A gitten erev Shabbos! This week’s parsha is Parshas Korach, in which Korach and his congregation break away from Klal Yisroel and hence get cast into the earth, for doubting the authority of Moshe and Aharon. On the surface level, this seems to be incredibly harsh. The truth is though, that this was really veryContinue reading “Parshas Korach 5780”

Yom Rosh Chodesh I Tammuz 5780

A git choidesh! Today is the first day of Rosh Chodesh Tammuz, 30 Sivan. It says in the Mogen Avrohom on Hilchos Rosh Chodesh that according to the Midrash, Rosh Chodesh was supposed to be a monthly Yom Tov mamesh, no melochos (labors) permitted and all the same halochos as any other Yom Tov. However,Continue reading “Yom Rosh Chodesh I Tammuz 5780”