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Torah Portion – Korah (B’midbar 16:1-18:32)
This is our d’rash (commentary) on the torah portion, Korah. Rather than complaining about a lack of food and water, this portion describes a full scale revolt against Moses and Aaron coming from two different factions – one led by Korah the Levite and another led by chief men of the tribe of Reuben. As we […]
Torah Portion – Shelach L’cha (B’midbar 13:1-15:41)
This is our d’rash (commentary) on the torah portion, shelach l’cha or “send for yourself.” In this portion, Israel is at the threshold of crossing into the land of Canaan. However, an expedition of twelve scouts intended to discover how to take the land turned into an evil report that concluded, “we are unable to take […]
Torah Portion – Beha’alotcha (B’midbar 8:1 – 12:16)
This is our d’rash (commentary) on the torah portion, Beha’alotcha or “when you kindle.” In Leviticus 8, the Torah teaches of the consecration of the Kohenim. In Numbers 8, the Torah teaches of the consecration of the Levi’im (Levites) as they assume the position of the “firstborn” of Israel. In this torah portion we also learn of […]
Torah Portion – Naso (B’midbar 4:21 – 7:89)
This is our d’rash (commentary) on the torah portion, Naso or “take the sum.” In this portion, the text continues to describe the division of the Levitical families and their duties concerning the transport of the Sanctuary. It also introduces us to the Ordeal of Jealousy and the vows of a Nazirite. In these two […]
Torah Portion: B’midbar (B’midbar 1:1-4:20)
This is our d’rash (commentary) on the torah portion, Bemidbar or “in the wilderness.” In this portion, we see how the tribes were numbered and assigned into four different camps. These camps with their respective standards are seen as the equivalent of the four living creatures who surround the Throne of God. We also how […]
Torah Portion – Behar (Vayikra 25:1 – 26:2)
This is our d’rash (commentary) on the torah portion, Be’har or “on the mount.” In this portion, the Scripture details two other commands of rest – the sh’mittah (sabbatical year) and the yovel (jubilee). One of the prevailing concepts in this sidrah is that the land is God’s and is, therefore, expected to be in […]
On the Sabbath
I very much enjoy your teachings and insights into the Torah. May HaShem continue to bless you. After listening to this teaching, Beshelach, I’d like to comment on the passage you discuss about leaving your home or taking steps that are more than a “Sabbath day’s journey”. I’ve come to understand that because our Master was blameless, if He were to have been in the Synagogue on the Sabbath, He would have been within the vicinity so as not to ‘blemish His record’. On my visit to Israel we resided in Har Bracha, in the West Bank. Six weeks of observing the Shabbat here and shalom was upon this entire community. In the afternoon on the Shabbat you might see a family take a walk together, but there were no cars on the streets. For six days the men of the community would be seen headed to the synagogues, stores were open, it was business as usual....but on the seventh everything came to a halt. There is nothing like truly resting on the Shabbat. For us it is supposed to be a taste of the world to come..24/7 Shabbat! Just wanted to leave my thoughts. Shalom !
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