Blessings and Curses

B”H “And the soul of the people became impatient because of the way.” – Numbers 21:4, JPS, 1917 Tanach B’nei Yisrael, as a result of circumstances that seemed beyond their control, grew impatient along the journey. By taking a roundabout way around the country of Edom, they felt they were moving further away from their […]

Blessings and Curses — The Tree of Life

parashas afterthought: Shelach 5780

B”H shiur for motzei Shabbos parashas Shelach 5780 “Of the first of your dough ye shall give unto the L-RD a portion for a gift throughout your generations” (Numbers 15:21, JPS 1917 Tanach). The commandment, regarding the requirement to first take from the dough being used to make bread for personal consumption, and give a […]

parashas afterthought: Shelach 5780 — The Tree of Life

parashas: Perception

B”H Shiur for parashas Shelach 5780 In parashas Shelach, ten out of twelve men of great reknown, leaders of the twelve tribes of Israel, fall prey to a negative perception of themselves, in contrast to the local inhabitants, who were like giants. The ten spies perceived themselves to be like grasshoppers, “in their own eyes;” […]

parashas: Perception — The Tree of Life

Seek the Light

B”H Shiur for parashas Behalotecha 5780 “Towards the face of the menorah shall the seven lamps cast light.” Numbers 8:2, JPS 1917 Tanach The “seven lamps” shall cast their light towards the face of the menorah. Seven lamps, towards the face (p’nei). Commentary explains that the six lamps, three on either side of the center […]

parashas Beha’alotecha 5780 — The Tree of Life

Counting Sheep

B”H Shiur for parashas Bamidbar (Numbers 1:1 – 4:20) 5780 “Take ye the sum of all the congregation of the children of Israel.” – Numbers 1:2, JPS 1917 Tanach “The literal translation of the above mentioned verse would be, ‘Lift up the head of the entire assembly.” This rendering has two potential meanings: that the […]

Counting Sheep — The Tree of Life

six thousand years of history

B”H Shiur for parashas Behar-Bechukosai 5780 “Six years thou shalt sow thy field, and six years thou shalt prune thy vineyard, and gather in the produce thereof. But in the seventh year shall be a sabbath of solemn rest for the land, a sabbath unto the L-RD; thou shalt neither sow thy field, nor prune […]

six thousand years of history — The Tree of Life

weekly reading: Sanctification

B”H Shiur for parashas Emor The Sanctification of H’Shem’s Name “I will be sanctified among the children of Israel.”– Leviticus 22:32 Selfless behavior could be defined as akin to mesiras nefesh – self-sacrifice. Mesiras nefesh may be viewed as an ongoing act in the sense of subduing the yetzer hara (the evil inclination), for the […]

weekly reading: Sanctification — The Olive Tree

weekly reading: Sanctity

B”H Shiur for parashas Tazria-Metzorah 5780 The Sanctity of Life“Speak unto the children of Israel, saying: if a woman be delivered, and bear a man child.” – Leviticus 12:1, JPS 1917 Tanach According to Torah, the miracle of life, from the beginning, is addressed within the framework of sanctification. That is, both the mother and […]

weekly reading: Sanctity — The Olive Tree