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…]

Ba’al Z’voov

In the first Perek of Kings II, there’s, so to speak, a show down between Hashem and the god, Ba’al Z’voov. (Ba’al Z’voov can be translated as Owner or Master of a Fly, as in the insect.) Possibly, Ba’al Z’voov is where the name of the devil, Satan, comes from: Beelzebub.

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…]

Pesach: It Starts with Karpas

At one time, when we didn’t dip the Karpas into the salt water.  We dipped the Karpas into red vinegar or Charoses with red wine. To this day, some Jews, including Sefardim, still dip the Karpas into red vinegar or Charoses with red wine. The idea being that we dip the Karpas into blood. (Apparently, … [Read more…]

Sh’lo Asani Goy

One day, a soon-to-be Ger is a Goy. Then, moments later, the Ger is 100% a Jew. Not a single gene, chromosome, or biological aspect of the Ger has changed. Biologically, the Ger is the exact same. Yet, on the deepest level, this person has made a dramatic change. The key being that this dramatic … [Read more…]

Chad Gadya from Rabbi Y. L. Graubart

Rabbi Yehuda Leib Graubart zzl, points out that this supposed children’s song is actually a very deep piece. The goat is good.  And all is good.  Until a cat comes a long and eats the goat.  Because he ate this good, innocent goat, the cat is bad.  So a dog comes along and eats the … [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…]