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Parshat Chukat

The Sin of Anger
In this week’s Parashat Chukat Moshe Rabbeinu is punished for hitting the rock. The Torah explains that as a consequence of not sanctifying God’s name on this occasion, Moshe and Aharon will not enter the Land of Israel, even though it was fitting to have happened:
Moshe took […]

By |June 29th, 2017|Dvar Torah, Home|0 Comments

Parshat Korach

Dispute and Unity
Parashat Korach teaches us about the dangers of dispute, necessarily guiding us to seek the right approach towards the structure of a group and the structure of a community.

Chazal (Avot 5:15) teach us that although a dispute is a negative thing, when it is done for the sake […]

By |June 23rd, 2017|Dvar Torah, Home|0 Comments

Parshat Shlach

Holiness and Nature in the Land of Israel
In this week’s portion, the Torah relates the episode of the Spies and their sin. The leaders of the tribes of Israel, men of great stature, spread an “evil report about the Land” of Israel (Numbers, Chapter 13):

28) However, the people who inhabit […]

By |June 15th, 2017|Dvar Torah, Home|0 Comments

Parshat Behaalotcha

Why Was Miriam Punished?
Miriam speaks lashon hara about Moshe and is punished with tzara’at. One of the main principles of the laws of lashon hara is that it is permitted to say lashon hara for a constructive purpose (thus says Rabbeinu Yona, Shaarei Teshuva 3:221, and others). That is to […]

By |June 8th, 2017|Dvar Torah, Home|0 Comments


 Why is the Counting of the Omer so important?

The Ramban (Leviticus 23, 31) explains that the purpose of counting is to connect Pesach to Shavuot, thus creating, so-to-speak, one ongoing holiday spanning the 49 day count. Pesach represents the first Yom Tov of the holiday, […]

By |May 29th, 2017|Dvar Torah, Home|0 Comments

Parshat Bemidbar

In honor of Yom Yerushalayim and 50 years of its reunification, I would like to share something written by my good friend, Elie Lederman. Elie is one of the founders of Haboydem, and is deeply involved in many important acts of chessed for Am Yisrael. With G-ds’ help, may he […]

By |May 23rd, 2017|Dvar Torah, Home|0 Comments

Parshat Behar-Bechukotai

Jerusalem Day – Why doesn’t everyone celebrate?
The 28th of Iyar has become the nation’s special holiday named “Jerusalem Day”, a name that raises some questions. During the Six Day War, the State of Israel faced great danger; indeed there was a sense that a national catastrophe was to take place.

Despite […]

By |May 19th, 2017|Dvar Torah, Home|0 Comments

Parshat Emor

Sefirat Ha’Omer: In Anticipation or In Preparation?
The period between Passover and Shavuot is a unique time, indeed one that can be considered to be a holiday. The Rambam, in commenting on the parasha (Leviticus, 23:21), refers to these days as “Intermediate festive days” – ” and they were commanded to […]

By |May 12th, 2017|Dvar Torah, Home|0 Comments

Parshat Acharei Mot – Kedoshim

Feast with Hashem – Feast with the Poor
 In our Parsha we find one passage that cites two mitzvoth which seem to be unrelated.

“When you slaughter a peace offering to the Lord, you shall slaughter it for your acceptance. It may be eaten on the day you slaughter it and on […]

By |May 5th, 2017|Dvar Torah, Home|0 Comments

Parshat Tazria-Metzora

Why are Yom Ha’Zikaron & Yom Ha’Atzmaut Juxtaposed?
In our weekly portion, we read about lepers. Among other things, there is a very strange ritual which a leper must execute:

Then the kohen shall order, and the person to be cleansed shall take two live, clean birds, a cedar stick, a strip […]

By |April 27th, 2017|Dvar Torah, Home|0 Comments