Torah: Black Fire On White Fire

When we think about a Torah scroll, we usually only consider the letters themselves, written in black ink. Yet, the Talmud (Menachot 29a) rules that every letter in a Torah scroll must be completely surrounded by parchment in a requirement called mukaf gevil. The white parchment around the letters is an integral part of the Torah; without it, …

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Shoftim (Judges): Weekly Torah Portion

 Parashat Shoftim (Judges), פרשת שופטים Devarim/Deuteronomy 16:18 - 21:9 The most famous line from this Parsha is “tzedek, tzedek tirdof" — "Justice, Justice you shall pursue." (16:20). The fact that justice is said twice signifies the extra care we must take to ensure justice is our top priority. 1. The first instructions in this Parsha are: …

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Beha’alotcha: Weekly Torah Portion (06/13)

Parsha Beha'alotcha / בהעלתך: Bamidbar/Numbers 8:1 - 12:16 D’var Torah The word Beha’alotecha is translated a few different ways: “When You Go Up, When You Step Up (Rashi) or When You Raise Up [The Light].” The Lord spoke to Moses and instructed him to have Aaron set up the seven lamps to shine upon the …

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Bamidbar – Weekly Torah Portion (D’var Torah)

Parashat Bamidbar / פרשת במדבר The parsha (Torah Portion) for this Shabbat. Many rabbis focus on the census portion of Bamidbar. The counting of the people is an important message (let everyone be counted, let everyone count and let everyone stand up and be counted!) but there’s another aspect that stands out to me as …

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