Wood, Stone, Silver, Gold

Towards the beginning of Parsha Nitzavim, Moshe speaks of “And you saw their abominations and their disgusting [idols] – of wood and stone, of silver and gold that were with them. A question is, why speak of the materials that these idols were made of? Why not stop after “their disgusting [idols]? it seems that … [Read more…]

Parsha Ki Seitzei 5780

This week’s Parsha tells us to Remember Amalek and, when doing business, to use accurate, honest measures. Hashem wants us to not only not be like Amalek but, when we ultimately go to Eretz Yisroel, to wipe away any memory of these people. Hashem clearly deplores people who attack the weak, the infirmed. People who … [Read more…]

Parshas Tatzria-Metzora

This weeks parshas, Tatzria and Metzora, are all but exclusively about Tzaras. A spiritual disease that is contracted when an individual behaves socially inappropriately.  And, when a person (or their house) contracts this malady, the remedy to rid oneself of this disease is to isolate oneself and to self-reflect.  As we are self-isolating due to … [Read more…]

Remember Amalek

As Jews, Hashem tells us to remember Amalek.  The Jews have had no shortage of enemies and our enemies have no shortage of bad middos.  But Hashem specifically wants us to remember this enemy, Amalek.  Even when Moshiach comes and Hashem brings us to Eretz Yisrael, remember Amalek.  Amalek is important. And, for some reason, … [Read more…]

Daf (Berachos 5) and Chumash (Vayechi) by Shlermie

Berachos 5 speaks extensively about afflictions: afflictions of love, afflictions that cannot be love, financial afflictions, afflictions involving children, etc.  This is a daf about pain, suffering, and our trying to understand this pain and suffering.  Similarly, Parshas Vayechi directly follows Parshas Vayigash without the usual Parsha break.  Rav Hirsch points out that Yaakov’s 17 … [Read more…]