Parsha Pekudey -Hishtadlus In Ruchnius

After the Avodas Hamishkan was completed the workmen could not erect the Mishkan because of its massive weight.  Since Moshe Rabbeinu had not had a share in the actual work of the Mishkan, Hashem wanted him to have the honor of erecting it.  Hashem told him to make the

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Parshas Pekudei and Pidyon Haben

I hope you all enjoy hearing about the life and times of Baby Aryeh Shalom and his parents interspersed with my words of torah. I must admit when I was single and even newly married I really wasn’t so comfortable around expectant parents or new parents; there

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Parsha Vayakhel

In the midst of its account of the building of the Mishkan that Torah states that, “Every man whose heart inspired him came..[1]”  The Ramban writes that this refers to those who came to do the work of weaving, sewing and building.   Where did these people learn how to

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Parshas Vayakhel

It has been one of those weeks, thank G-d, that everyone warned us about for the past nine and a half months. You’ll notice that just about everyone you meet who has had a baby, knows someone who did or is thinking of it someday will tell

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Invoking the Thirteen Attributes

Following God’s promise not to destroy the Jewish people, after the sin of the Golden Calf, Moses requested that God make known to him the qualities of Divine mercy. In response, God showed Moses a prophetic vision, in which He was wrapped in a Tallit as a

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Ki Sisa – Clearing the Confusion

The sin of the Golden Calf is one of the most difficult to comprehend episodes in the Torah.  The commentaries discuss at length how the Jewish people could stumble in such a severe sin just forty days after the Revelation at Sinai.[1]  The events that led up to the

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Parshas Ki Sisa

The parsha starts with the counting of the Jewish people. The Torah tells us we can’t just count the Jews but they must each give a half shekel and then the shekels will be counted and the number of the Jews will be known.The Torah says that

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Parshas Ki Tisa

Based on Rav Noah Weinberg In Egypt the Jewish people witnessed miracle after miracle, the culmination being their ultimate release from slavery. At the Red Sea, again they experienced the hand of G-d, as the waters split before them. And then, Mt. Sinai, where The Almighty revealed

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Tetzaveh – The Meil and the Katores

“You shall make the Robe of the Ephod entirely of turquoise wool…. You shall make on its hem pomegranates of turquoise, purple, and scarlet wool, on its hem all around, and gold bells between them, all around; a gold bell and a pomegranate, a gold bell and

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Parshas Tetzaveh

The Missing Moses Rabbi Zev Leff  Now, if you would, please forgive their sin. If not, You can blot me out from the book that you have written. (Exodus 32:32) Moses’ name is not mentioned explicitly in this Parsha. He is referred to only with the pronoun

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Tetzaveh – Pure Beginnings

The Parsha begins with HaShem’s instructions to Moshe Rabbeinu with regard to the people who would make the vestments that Aaron, the Kohen Gadol, would wear during his service.  “And you shall speak to all the wise-hearted people whom I have invested with a spirit of wisdom, and

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Parshas Tetzaveh

Based on Rav Noah Weinberg You, (Moses) must command the Israelites to bring you clear illuminating oil, made from hand crushed olives, to keep the lam constantly burning. (p.415, line 20) From this day forward, the seven-branched menorah placed in Temple was to become a symbol for

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Parsha Trumah Vort

Rav Yaakov Weinberg zt”l once asked why if metzuveh v’osa is greater than ayna metzuvah v’osa, did HShem make the mitzvah of building the Mishkan one of “yidveno leebo”, i.e., almost discretionary?  He answered that although of course the above clal is true, at this stage of building the Mishkan, at

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Parshas Terumah – The Fight Against Laziness

The Parsha begins with Hashem instructing Moshe Rabbeinu to tell the people to bring the raw materials necessary in order to build the Mishkan (tabernacle). “This is the portion that you shall take from them: gold, silver, and copper; and turquoise, purple and scarlet wool; linen and

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