Parashat Vayikra

30/03/17 01:51:52

Mar30

Q: When we look at the word ‘Vayikra’, the very first word in Parashat Vayikra, we can see that the last letter of the word, the Alef, is unusually small and not the same size as the rest of the letters in the word Vayikra. Why is this so?

​A: Moshe...Read more...

Parashat Vayakhel-Pekudei

21/03/17 02:21:28

Mar21

Q: "In six days the work shall get done", says the second verse of Parashat Vayakel. In describing the Mitzvah of Shabbat, would it not have made more sense for the Torah to say, "In six days you shall do work”?

​A: The Torah only mentions things that are...Read more...

Parashat Ki Tisa

16/03/17 06:44:18

Mar16

Q. Our Parasha this week speaks about Moshe’s brother Aharon. The Great Torah commentators say about Aharon and his students, "..be like the students of Aharon - loving peace and pursuing peace, loving your fellow creatures, and drawing them close to the Torah." What...Read more...

Parashat Tetzaveh

09/03/17 06:26:32

Mar9

Q. Parashat Tetzaveh is the only Parasha where the name of Moshe is not mentioned from the moment he was born until his passing. The Parasha opens with the words V’Atah Tetzaveh - and you shall command. (The you is referring to Moshe and Hashem is telling Moshe to...Read more...

Parashat Terumah

03/03/17 03:21:59

Mar3

Q. In this week’s Parasha we read about the building of the Mishkan and all the different materials that were used to make it. However, the Beit Hamikdash was built only from stone. Why is that?

​​A. The Mishkan was meant as a temporary dwelling place...Read more...

Parashat Bo

03/02/17 03:52:54

Feb3

Parashat Vayeishev

20/12/16 05:19:30

Dec20

Q. Yosef has some real big problems! His brothers had sold him into slavery and now he was imprisoned by Potiphar with no real hope of ever being set free. He had no idea if he would ever see his beloved father or any other member of his family ever again. Yet,...Read more...

Parashat Vayishlach

13/12/16 03:44:46

Dec13

Q. I am generally an observant Jew. However, I am involved in a business which makes it difficult to observe Shabbat. I am thinking of giving up this business, but this will not be an easy decision for me. What should I do?

​​A. When Hashem created the...Read more...

Parashat Vayetzei

06/12/16 03:03:41

Dec6

Q. Parashat Vayeitzei relates how Yakov found his life partner and established the ‘everlasting edifice’ of marriage. Many laws and customs of Jewish matrimony are derived from Yakov’s marriage. So what can we learn from this marriage?

​A. Our Sages...Read more...

Parashat Toldot

26/11/16 03:38:41

Nov26

Q. The Parasha begins with the words, ‘And these are the generations of Yitzchak the son of Avraham; Avraham was the father to Yitzchak’. Why the repetition in the opening of verse of this week’s Torah portion? Since Yitzchak was the son of Avraham, it follows...Read more...

Parashat Chayei Sarah

21/11/16 13:21:49

Nov21

Q. The book of Bereishit tells us about the lives of our forefathers, Avraham, Yitzchak and Yacov. Avraham was the father of Yitzchak, but also of Ishmael; Yitzchak was the father of Yacov, but also of Esav; but Yacov had perfect offspring. None of his children...Read more...

Parashat Vayeira

17/11/16 06:24:31

Nov17

Q. Parashat Vayeira begins by telling us that Hashem appeared to Avraham while 'sitting at the entrance of his tent, in the heat of the day'. Avraham had just had his Brit Milah. He was in a lot of pain. Why was he sitting at the entrance of his...Read more...

Parashat Lech Lecha

08/11/16 03:51:01

Nov8

Q. The Torah only mentions Avraham briefly at the close of Parashat Noach, telling us that he was born, that he married, and that he accompanied his father on his journey to Cana’an. However, it is only in Parashat Lech Lecha, with the command, ‘Go out...Read more...

Parashat Noach

01/11/16 06:51:42

Nov1

Q. Adam’s life in the Garden of Eden was considered the epitome of ‘good living’. Yet Adam never had a chance to enjoy complete rest or relax free of duties and responsibilities. Even before violating G-d’s command, Adam’s job was to work and watch...Read more...

Parashat Bereishit

27/10/16 06:28:24

Oct27

Q. Adam’s life in the Garden of Eden was considered the epitome of ‘good living’. Yet Adam never had a chance to enjoy complete rest or relax free of duties and responsibilities. Even before violating G-d’s command, Adam’s job was to work and watch the...Read more...

Parashat Ha'azinu

11/10/16 01:04:46

Oct11

Q. The creation of the world took place in six days. Creation started on the 25th of Elul and ended on the first of Tishrei, when man was created. It is remarkable, therefore to note that the anniversary of creation, Rosh Hashana, was ordained by our Torah to be...Read more...

Parashat Vayeilech & Yom Kippur

06/10/16 04:15:29

Oct6

Q. This week’s Torah portion states, ‘“For I know your rebelliousness ... behold! While I am still alive with your today ... and surely after my death” (31:27). The words “imachem hayom” — “with you today”...Read more...

Parashat Nitzavim

22/09/16 07:29:18

Sep22

Q. This week’s Torah portion begins, ‘You are all standing together this day before G-d… the leaders of your tribes, your elders, your officers, all the men of Israel, your children, and your wives… to pass into G-d’s covenant’. What is the intent...Read more...

Parashat Ki Tavo

20/09/16 14:26:09

Sep20

​Q. The conventional translation of Teshuva is ‘repentance’. A more literal meaning of the word, however, is ‘return’. Repentance is a concept understood by Western society. Teshuva, ‘return' is a uniquely Jewish term. What is the difference between the...Read more...

Parashat Ki Teitze

12/09/16 21:20:45

Sep12

​Q. The Mitzvah and the highlight of Rosh Hashana is to hear the Shofar, a simple ceremony of sounding a ram’s horn. Even in ancient days there existed fine musical instruments, yet the refined strains of music of all musical instruments will not do. The...Read more...

Parashat Shoftim

07/09/16 23:29:58

Sep7

Q. The Mitzvah of Rosh Hashana is to hear the Shofar. The Shofar is not blown on any other holiday. The sages tell us that the Shofar is blown so as to confuse the Satan. Rosh Hashana is judgement day, and on Rosh Hashana Satan acts as accuser. Having seduced man to sin, he then...Read more...

Parashat Re'eh

01/09/16 17:27:18

Sep1

Q. This Shabbat is Rosh Chodesh Elul. Elul is the month immediately proceeding the High Holy Days of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. The month of Elul is compared to a businessman who periodically takes inventory, balances his accounts and determines where he stands financially. How is this...Read more...

Parashat Eikev

25/08/16 19:35:18

Aug25

Q. Parashat Eikev tells us that we should teach Torah to our children. This is a principle with which hardly anyone disagrees. But when should Torah education begin? At what age is the Torah education and Jewish upbringing of our children to...Read more...

Parashat Vaetchanan

15/08/16 15:33:22

Aug15

Q. This week’s Torah portion contains the Shema, the fundamental prayer of Jewish liturgy. What is so special about the Shema? Why is the Shema prayer the message...Read more...

Parashat Devarim

11/08/16 20:35:37

Aug11

Q. This week’s Shabbat is given a special name, Shabbat Chazzon, which means ‘the Shabbat of vision’. It refers to the Haftorah which speaks about the...Read more...

Parashat Matot-Massei

03/08/16 14:45:23

Aug3

Q. What is the function of Torah and Mitzvot?

​A. The Torah has numerous facets. It may be a means to gain a reward and avoid punishment, or a guide to good living.

​The world has been created and therefore can have...Read more...

Parashat Pinchas

28/07/16 13:11:12

Jul28

Q. In Parashat Pinchas, Hashem once again commands Moshe to take a census of the Jewish people. While all the other censuses were counted by Moshe alone, when Moshe took this census he was required to have the tribal leaders assist in the...Read more...

Parashat Balak

20/07/16 04:07:35

Jul20

And Balaam arose in the morning, and saddled his ass (22:21)

From here we see how hatred causes a person to break from convention. Balaam had many servants at his disposal; yet in his eagerness to go curse Israel, he saddled his ass himself....Read more...

Parashat Chukat

13/07/16 15:44:48

Jul13

Q. The Parasha speaks of three outstanding miracles: the 'Clouds of Glory', the Manna and the ‘Well of Miriam’. What were the essential characteristics of these three miracles?

A. The 'Clouds of Glory' protected the Jewish people...Read more...

Parashat Korach

06/07/16 09:07:42

Jul6

Q. Korach’s complaint to Moshe was that the entire nation was holy, with each Jew possessing a spark of G-dliness within them. Since Hashem dwells among all the Jewish people Korach did not believe that one person should be exalted over the holy...Read more...

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