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Reverence towards G-d

B”H 23 Nissan 5780 April 17, 2020 Shiur for parashas Shemini 5780 “This is it that HShem spoke, saying: Through them that are nigh unto Me I will be sanctified, and before all the people I will be glorified.” – Leviticus 10:3, JPS 1917 Tanach According to chazal, Nadav and Avihu are portrayed as righteous […]

Reverence towards G-d — The Olive Tree

Redemptive Prayer

B”H 16 Nissan 5780 March 10, 2020 Shiur for Pesach 5780 “And Moses said unto the people: Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the L-RD, which He will work for you to-day; for whereas ye have seen the Egyptians to-day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.” – Exodus […]

Redemptive Prayer — The Olive Tree

weekly reading: Vayikra

B”H Shiur for parashas Vayikra 5780 “When any man of you bringeth an offering unto the L-RD.” – Leviticus 1:2, JPS 1917 Tanach The Hebrew word for offering is korban. The shoresh (root word) of korban is KRV, meaning “to draw near.” Therefore, the act of bringing an offering has the connotation of drawing near […]

weekly reading: Vayikra — The Olive Branch

weekly reading: the Census

B”H Shiur for parashas Vayakhel-Pekudei 5779 When thou takest the sum of the children of Israel, according to their number, then shall they give every man a ransom for his soul unto the L-Rd.” – Exodus 30:12, JPS 1917 Tanach A unique perspective on the census taken of B’nei Yisrael involves the consideration of how […]

weekly reading: the Census — The Olive Branch

parashas Ki Tisa 5780

B”H Shiur for parashas Ki Tisa 578017 Adar 5780 (March 13, 2020) H’Shem plagued the people, because they made the calf. ” – Exodus 32:5, JPS 1917 Tanach Moses was on Mount Sinai for forty days and forty nights; during this time, H’Shem spoke with Moses – according to some commentators, Moses received the instruction […]

parashas Ki Tisa 5780 — The Olive Branch

weekly reading: Tetzaveh The Light of Insight

B”H Shiur for parashas Tetzaveh 5780 “Bring unto thee pure olive oil beaten for the light, to cause a lamp to burn continually.” – Exodus 27:20 The light in our lives, that kindles our understanding is a gift from H’Shem, without any shadow; yet, the intuition we receive from Him is often clouded by our […]

weekly reading: Tetzaveh — The Olive Branch

weekly portion: Terumah 5780

B”H Shiur for parashas Terumah 5780 “”Let them make me a sanctuary [mikdash] that I may dwell among them.” – Exodus 25:8 The purpose of the building of the Mishkan (portable tabernacle in the desert) was to provide a sanctuary (mikdash) for the L-RD to dwell amongst the B’nei Yisrael. H’Shem’s presence rested between the […]

weekly portion: Terumah 5780 — Etz Chayim

weekly portion: Terumah 5780

B”H Shiur for parashas Terumah 5780 “”Let them make me a sanctuary [mikdash] that I may dwell among them.” – Exodus 25:8 The purpose of the building of the Mishkan (portable tabernacle in the desert) was to provide a sanctuary (mikdash) for the L-RD to dwell amongst the B’nei Yisrael. H’Shem’s presence rested between the […]

weekly portion: Terumah 5780 — Etz Chayim

parashas Mishpatim: The Doorway

B”H parashas Mishpatim It is notable that the parashas begins with the ordinance (mishpat) that a Jewish bondsman may serve his master for six years; however, in the seventh year he goes free. The Children of Israel were slaves in Egypt for 216 years. We received the Torah less than two months after leaving Egypt. […]

The Doorway — Etz Chayim