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 Yitro by Rabbi Joel Finkelstein

Why the Fuss About the Arrival of Yitro? Of all the greetings in Biblical history, never was one greeted with such fanfare as was Yitro, as it says, And Moshe went out to greet his father in law, and he bowed and he kissed him, and they asked of each other’s welfare...

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Parshat Beshalach by Rabbi Joel Finkelstein

Thanksgiving and Petition There are many moments in Jewish history when we say, “Ah, if only they had done such and such, Moshiach would have come then and history would have come to a close.” One such moment was Moshe rejecting his mission at the sneh, the burning...

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Parshat Bo by Rabbi Efrem Goldberg

“Va’yomer Hashem el Moshe, n’tei yadecha al ha’shomayim viyhi choshech al eretz mitzrayim, v’yameish choshech, Hashem said to Moshe, stretch forth your hand toward the heavens, and there shall be darkness upon the land of Egypt and the darkness was tangible.” The...

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Parshat Va’era by Rabbi Avraham Bronstein

“Softening Our Hearts” Over the course of the Exodus narrative, Pharoah’s resistance to Moses’ demands is described using three different terms: קשה - to harden, כבד - to make heavy, and חזק - to strengthen. Rabbi Samson Rafael Hirsch sees these three words as a...

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Parshat Shemot by Rabbi Moshe Shulman

Sefer HaGeulah As Written Today…. The book of Shemot is called by the Ramban “The Book of Redemption”, ספר הגאולה.  In this spirit, I want to begin with some reflections on this moment in Jewish history. We know that the modern State of Israel is remarkable, a vibrant...

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Parshat Vayechi by Rabbi Chaim Strauchler

WORDS FOR DEATH “Wherever you go, you take yourself with you.” Neil Gaiman - The Graveyard Book Kick the bucket, bite the dust, pass away: all of these are English euphemisms for death. Our parsha also makes use of such a euphemism. Jacob describes his death with the...

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Parshat Vayigash by Rabbi Yosef Weinstock

In Parshat Vayigash, Yaakov and Yosef are reunited and Yosef brings his father to meet Pharoh. Their meeting begins with Yaakov blessing Paroh, and then Pharoh asks a question in response: And Pharaoh said to Jacob, "How many are the days of the years of your life?"...

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Parshat Miketz by Rabbi Moshe D. Lichtman

THE LAND OF MY AFFLICTION In two weeks we will read the blessing that Ya’akov Avinu gave his grandsons, Efrayim and Menasheh: By you Israel shall bless, saying, “May God make you like Efrayim and Menasheh” (48:20).  Many commentators ask why we bless our children that...

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Channukah Dvar Torah by Rabbi Jay Kelman

"Mai Chanukah? What is Chanukah"?, the Talmud (Shabbat 21b) queries, a question we find with respect to no other holiday[1]. The Talmud goes on to explain that Chanukah celebrates the miracle of the oil, which burned for eight days, allowing the necessary time to...

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Parshat Vayeshev by Rabbi Moshe D. Lichtman

FATHERLAND Ya’akov settled in the land where his father had sojourned, in the Land of Canaan (37:1). Many of the commentators ask why the Torah felt it necessary to tell us where Ya’akov dwelled.  Weren’t we already told that Ya’akov came to Yitzchak, his father, to...

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