Parshat HaShavua

Parshat HaShavua

We are pleased to feature a different Religious Zionist rabbi each week from around the country to share a Dvar Torah. 

Parshat Bamidbar by Rabbi Menachem Genack

Ramban, in his introduction to Bamidbar, explains that the laws of the Israelite encampment in the desert parallel those given to the people before the revelation at Mount Sinai: Just as at Mount Sinai, no one was permitted to approach the mountain when God's presence...

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Parshat Behar by Rabbi Elie Weissman

  Parshat Behar speaks of Shemitah, the seventh sabbatical year, when the land lies fallow, when working the ground in any way is prohibited.  And the Torah describes the experience of these years and the potential reaction of the farmer: כה:כ כי תאמרו מה נאכל בשנה...

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Parshat Tazria Metzora by Rabbi Yosef Adler

Our Parsha begins with the guidelines of childbirth. It includes periods of separation between husband and wife and periods where husband and wife can be together regardless of the wife's physical condition. On the 8th day of a baby boy’s life we are to fulfill the...

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Parshat Vayikra by Rabbi Leonard A. Matanky, Ph.D.

Last Shabbat, we completed the book of Shmot with a description of God's descent upon the just completed Mishkan. It was, as the Ramban describes the culmination of our redemption from Egypt, and it was, as he explained the moment when God recreated Sinai through the...

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Parshat Vayekel-Pekudei by Rabbi Daniel Alter

א וַיַּקְהֵל מֹשֶׁה אֶת-כָּל-עֲדַת בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל וַיֹּאמֶר אֲלֵהֶם  אֵלֶּה הַדְּבָרִים אֲשֶׁר-צִוָּה יְהוָה לַעֲשֹׂת אֹתָם.  ב שֵׁשֶׁת יָמִים תֵּעָשֶׂה מְלָאכָה וּבַיּוֹם הַשְּׁבִיעִי יִהְיֶה לָכֶם קֹדֶשׁ שַׁבַּת שַׁבָּתוֹן לַיהוָה כָּל-הָעֹשֶׂה בוֹ מְלָאכָה...

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Parshat Ki Tisa by Rabbi Avi Kilimnick

In the aftermath of the sin of the golden calf, we are introduced to a new reality for our Jewish people. A once enslaved and innocent nation is now the subject of trial, and possible destruction. The beautiful story of Moshe brining Am Yisrael from slavery to freedom...

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Parshat Tetzave by Rabbi Moshe Rosenberg

Things Better Left Unspoken The salvation of Rabbis in Parashat Tetzave is Moshe’s missing name. Those who have tired of addressing the theme of clothes and whether clothes make the man never cease to find meaning in the disappearance of the leader of the Jewish...

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Parshat Terumah by Rabbi Ariel Rackovsky

From the revelatory experience at Har Sinai, the Torah continues with a detailed description of the Mishkan. The tablets given to Moshe were kept in the Ark, which was to be made of Acacia wood coated both on the inside and the outside with gold. The Talmud in...

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Parshat Mishpatim by Rabbi Kenneth Auman

We all think of last week’s Parsha as being the Parsha of Mattan Torah.  But in this week’s Parsha we also read, at the end of Mishpatim, of Mattan Torah as well.  Why does the Torah divide the narrative in this fashion? Rav Kook, in his Orot,  develops a fascinating...

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