Parshas Matot

Topics covered in this class: Vows and the power of speech. The war against Midian. The tribes of Reuven, Gad and Menashe Vows and the power of speech. The concept of vows – prohibiting that which is permissible. Rosh Hayeshiva: “say what you mean and mean what

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Parshas Matot/Masay

The Mishna in Pirkei Avot asks a question: who is the rich man? The answer to this question appears to be quite obvious. Whoever has the biggest balance in his bank account is the richest man. It is a purely quantifiable question. The Mishna answers however, that

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Parshas Matot

Based on Rav Noah Weinberg It is the night of Yom Kippur. Jewish people all over the world are gathered in shul to hear Kol Nidre. It is a moment of intensity as the chazzan slowly begins the melodic chant so familiar to us all. But how many of

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Parshas Pinchas

Give War a Chance By Rabbi Bourch Leff “War is a crime against humanity.” “There is no such thing as a justified war.” These are statements from pacifists. “Pacifism: Opposition to the use of force under any circumstances; refusal for reasons of conscience to participate in war or

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Parshas Pinchas

Topics covered in this class: Pinchas as a continuation of Balak. Pinchas’ zealousness. Man’s effect on the Hashgacha. Sanctifying G-d vs. saving the people. The Daughters of Tzelfchad. Continuation of Bilaam. Explain why Bilaam was so threatened by the Jewish people. Balak finally figures out a way

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Parshas Pinchas

Based on Rav Noah Weinberg In this week’s Torah portion we see something familiar to us all, as G-d instructs Moses in the service of the many Jewish holidays. In our youth and even today, the cycle of celebration and commemoration seem a comforting reminder of our

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Parshas Balak – True Kingship

Malchus of Hashem The gemara[1] states that Hashem exhibits His wrath for only one particular, passing moment every day. Throughout history, says the gemara, only one person has ever been able to calculate the precise second of the day at which this occurs, and that person was Bilaam. Bilaam’s success in cursing the Jewish

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Parshas Balak

Topics covered in this class: I. Being a prophet yet denying G-d. II. You are led in a way that you want to go. Being a prophet, yet denying G-d Who was Bilaam? At the end of Deuteronomy, chapter 33:10, “a prophet like Moshe amongst the Jewish

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Parsha Balak: Bilaam

Bilaam Rav Yaakov Weinberg ZTL asked the following question. Rashi brings the Chazal that says: Why is is that Hashem gave prophecy to Bilaam? Because He did notwant the goyim to have a complaint. The goyim would say, it’s easy to see why the Jews are so righteous. They have

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Parsha Chukas

The Parsha begins “this is the chok of the Torah” and proceeds to discuss the laws of Parah Adumah (the red heifer), a mitzvo which is impossible to understand according to human logic.  The Ohr HaChaim Hakadosh asks why this mitzvo is called the ‘chok of the Torah’, it would have

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