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 Haazinu by Rabbi Moshe D. Lichtman

THE FINAL STAGE OF HISTORY Shirat Ha’azinu is basically a synopsis of Jewish history, starting with HaShem’s choice of Am Yisrael and culminating in the final redemption, for which we so sorely yearn.  It therefore behooves us – the generation living so close to the...

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Pashat Haazinu by Rabbi P. Reuven Bulka

Sedra Ha'azinu, in the main Moshe Rabbenu's parting song to the people of Israel, and suffused with advice, admonition, prophecy, and blessing, concludes with an enigmatic phrase, "וְכִפֶּ֥ר אַדְמָת֖וֹ עַמּֽוֹ" (Devarim, 32:43). These three words are difficult to...

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Rosh Hashana Message from Rabbi Gideon Shloush

Our family trip to Israel this summer was nothing short of exhilarating! We spent three weeks in Israel and enjoyed visits to Jerusalem, Gush Etzion, Bet Shemesh, Tel Aviv, Netanya, Caesarea, Haifa, Tiberias and Ramat HaGolan. The trip was extraordinary but nothing...

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Parshat Nitzavim-Vayelech by Rabbi Moshe D. Lichtman

THE INGATHERING OF THE EXILES The Lord your God will return (ve’shav) your captivity and have mercy on you, and He will return (ve’shav) and gather you from all the nations where the Lord your God has scattered you.  If your dispersed will be at the ends of the...

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Parshat Netzavim Vayelech by Rabbi Zvi Romm

This past week, on the 23rd of Elul, we marked the 23rd yahrzeit of Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Horowitz, the Potoker Rav.  Born in the Ukraine, Rabbi Horowitz miraculously survived the Holocaust, hiding for 18 months in the forest and experiencing many near-death...

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Parshat Ki Tavo by Rabbi Moshe D. Lichtman

TRUE HAPPINESS A recurring theme in this week’s parashah is simcha – happiness.  In the opening section, which deals with bikurim (first fruits), the Torah states,  – You shall rejoice in all the good that the Lord, your God, has given you and your household (26:11). ...

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Parshat Ki Tavo by Rabbi Ian Lichter

As we look forward to the recitation of Slichot in preparation of Yomim Noraim, the connection between this time of year and Parshat Ki Tavo strikes me.  The Ashkenazik practice is to begin the recitation of Slichot on a Motzei Shabbat, minimally 4 days before Rosh...

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Parashat Ki Teitze by Rabbi Moshe Lichtman

THE LEAP OF FAITH One of the many mitzvot enumerated in this week’s parashah is the prohibition of causing a fellow Jew to take interest (ribit) – i.e., borrowing money on interest.  (The prohibition of lending on interest is stated in Shemot 22:24 and VaYikra...

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