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Ha’azinu 5777

13 Tishrei  5777  פרשת הַאֲזִינוּ, י”ג תשרי, תשע”ז This song or poem, Ha’azinu needs to be understood, taken to heart and applied to our lives. In it we get a glimpse of the history of Israel from being slaves in Egypt to becoming a nation. Israel would fail our Creator time and time again as […]

Vayelech 5777

6 Tishrei  5777 פרשת  וַיֵּלֶךְ We are at a very important time of the year, the ten intermediary days between Rosh Hashanah or Yom Teruah and Yom Kippur.  We call these days Yamim Norayim, the awesome days or Yamim Teshuva, the days of returning to God. This parashah is very short but filled with meat […]

Nitzavim 5776

28 Elul  5776  פרשת נִצָּבִים, כ”ח אלול, תשע”ו This is the last portion before we start our High Holidays which is spiritually charged both positively and negatively for the Jewish people.  There is a heaviness that we feel for it the time when we do our checks and balances for the past year. Many businesses […]

Ki Tavo 5776

21 Elul 5776  פשרת כִּי-תָבוֹא, כ”א אלול תשע”ו   I have often been asked who we are. The answer to this entails the various functions of the Messiah.  All the religions that descend from the Torah contain ideas about who he is and what they are expecting the Messiah to be.  At the time of […]

Ki Tetse 5776

 14 Elul  5776     פרשת כִּי-תֵצֵא, י”ד אלול, תשע”ו This parashah contains more mitzvoth than any other portion; 74 to be exact, 27 that we need to do and 47 that we should not do.  Moshe is at the end of his life and is frantic to tell his people as much as he can before […]

Shoftim 5776

7 Elul 5776  פרשת שֹׁפְטִים, ז” אלול, תשע”ו In this portion a beautiful picture unfolds as Moshe speaks to the second generation of those who left Egypt on the way to the Promised Land.  The only two people from that first generation to enter the land were Joshua and Caleb.  Joshua was a Hebrew from […]

Reeh 5776

30 Av 5776  פרשת רְאֵה, ל” אב, תשע”ו The greatest gift that our Creator has endowed us with is “bechirah chofshi” – בחירה חופשי  – free will. This doesn’t mean that we can do whatever we want rather that with free will comes responsibility. I have been asked why I have been focusing so much […]

Ekev 5776

23 Av  5776   פרשת עֵקֶב, כ”ג אב, תשע”ו Ekev has many meanings in the Hebrew language depending on the context. It could be translated as “because” or “if” connecting two thoughts. It also means “heel” which as our sages say is the lowest part of the body when we are standing, showing us that we […]

Va’etchanan 5776

16 Av  5776  פרשת וָאֶתְחַנַּן, ט”ז אב, תשע”ו In the end of the last portion, we read that the LORD our God goes ahead of us to fight for us.  Moshe will constantly be quoting the past in order to prepare this next generation who would be the ones to enter the Promised Land. In […]

Devarim 5776

9 Av  5776 דְּבָרִים, ט” אב, תשע”ו  פרשת Devarim is the fifth book of the Torah and In Latin it is called Deuteronomy from deutero – nomio or second law. The Hebrew word devarim means the “words” referring to the words that Moshe spoke to his people. It has certain peculiarities when compared with the […]