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Mattot – Maasei 5776

9 Av 5776  פרשת מַּטּוֹת – מַסְעֵי, ט’ אב, תשע”ו       We are at the end of this journey through the books of the Torah.  After the 17th of Tammuz we begin the 3 weeks of sorrow followed by 7 weeks of teshuva which prepare us for the High Holidays.  The Haftarah has very […]

Pinchas 5776

24 Tammuz 5776  פרשת פִּינְחָס, כ”ד תמוז, תשע”ו To give context for today’s message I would like to start reading to you from Numbers 25:1 Israel settled at Shittim. The people gave themselves over to prostitution with Moabite women.2 These invited them to the sacrifices of their gods, and the people ate and bowed down […]

Balak 5776

17 Tammuz  5776 According to the Midrashim, Balak the King of Moab was actually a Midianite (relative of Moses wife) and being a Moabite was a direct descendant of Lot.  Bilaam the Gentile prophet was a direct descendant of Lavan, the father-in-law of Jacob. In the final analysis, we can say that everything happened within […]

Chukkat 5776

10 Tammuz 5776  חֻקַּת, י’ תמוז, תשע”ו פרשת In this parashah we jump forward to the 40th year as the Israelites are getting ready to enter the Promised Land. It includes the passing away of Miriam and Aharon, whose son Eleazar will inherit his position of Cohen Hagadol.  Moshe and Aharon will both not be […]

Korach 5776

3 Tammuz  5776  פרשת קֹרַח, ג’ תמוז, תשע”ו This parashah is a very crucial and holds the name of a very controversial person. Why would our elders give Korach so much importance by naming a portion after him?  Our Creator clearly shows us that our heroes are shown for whom they really are— human beings […]

Shelach 5776

3 Sivan  5776  פרשת שְׁלַח, כ”ו סיון, תשע”ו There are two versions of this portion Shelach here and in Deuteronomy 1 where Moshe gives us a different narrative. In Deut. it looks like the people are requesting that Moshe send the scouts to reconnoiter the land whereas in Numbers it is the Creator to do […]

Beha’alotekha 5776

19 Sivan 5776   פרשת בְּהַעֲלֹתְךָ, י”ט סיון, תשע”ו   In this portion we read about the smicha which is the laying on of hands which signifies that a person is chosen for a special role or that we are transferring authority to this person.  All the Levites would receive smicha because they would be the […]

Naso 5776

12 Sivan  5776     פרשת נָשֹׂא, י”ב סיון, תשע”ו Naso means to take and this is the model that our Creator has used for the Levites.  In Bamidbar He asked Moshe to take a census where I asked “Are you being counted? Now we move from being counted to examining if we are in the right […]

Bamidbar 5776

Bamidbar begins on the first day of the second month of the second year after the exodus from Egypt.  Our Creator orders Moshe and Aaron to take a census in order that the people of Israel could be counted.  In every tribe one male would be the leader of each tribe and he would be […]

Bechukotai 5776

 27 Iyar 5776  פרשת בְּחֻקֹּתַי, כ”ז אייר, תשע”ו With this portion we come to the end of the book of Leviticus. It contains the “blessings” – brachot and what has been known as the “curses” – but our sages call it tokhecha.- תוכחה – which really means warnings.   Some Rabbis say that the curses are […]