Erev Shabbos Parshas Nitzovim-VaYeilech 5780

A gitten erev Shabbos! This week’s parsha is Parshas Nitzovim-VaYeilech, a double-parsha. There’s a wonderful set of pesukim about the Torah in the first parsha. Hashem tells us “Behold this commandment (the Torah) is not fallen beneath you (Rashi explains this means it is not concealed under anything. Onkelos translates the word נפלאת to meanContinue reading “Erev Shabbos Parshas Nitzovim-VaYeilech 5780”

Erev Shabbos Parshas Ki Seitzei 5780

A gitten erev Shabbos everyone! This week’s parsha is Parshas Ki Seitzei. There’s a well known chassidishe vort on the opening words of the parsha, “כי תצא למלחמה,” (for when you go out to war) that explains this to refer to the time of eating, because the word for war “Milchomo” has the word “Lechem,”Continue reading “Erev Shabbos Parshas Ki Seitzei 5780”

Shabbos Chazon 5780

A gitten erev Shabbos! It is Shabbos Chazon and Parshas Devorim this week. The last posuk of Parshas Devorim says “לא תיראום כי ה’ אלקיכם הוא הנלחם לכם.” Typically this is translated as “Do not fear, because Hashem your God will fight for you.” However the first word is not necessarily a command, rather itContinue reading “Shabbos Chazon 5780”

Every Jew is Royalty

Rashbi says in Maseches Shabbos “כל ישראל בני מלכים הם”, “All Yisroel are children of kings,” in looser translation, every Yid is royalty. It says there in regards to a case of financial halocho that if someone who owes a debt can’t pay, and he has a robe that is expensive in relation to theContinue reading “Every Jew is Royalty”

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 Wonders of Enjoying Shabbos

In the Gemoro in Maseches Shabbos Perek Kol Kisvei (16th chapter) there are various aspects of the mitzva of Kovod Shabbos (Honor for Shabbos) explained, such as amount of seudos (meals) to eat, types of foods, clothes, etc. In the previous perek, interestingly enough, it brings that if a person doesn’t have an extra setContinue reading “The Wonders of Enjoying Shabbos”

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”