Category Archives: Parshiot: weekly Torah studies

  • Shoftim

    Torah: Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9 Haftara: Isaiah 51:12-52:12 Parashat Shoftim is the second one, after Re’eh, in which Moshe mentions the commandments found in Devarim (Deuteronomy). Next week will be the third parasha in that series. In parasha Shoftim Moshe instructs concerning courts in every city of the Land. And each tribe will have a high court, Continue Reading

  • Jom zain d’Pesach

    For the seventh day of Pessach we read Parashat Beshalach again. It is interesting to ausgerechnet read this passage in the week that we think of Yetziat Mitzraim. Israel was not lead to pass through the land of Gaza, the Philistines, for the war they would wage against Israel would make Israel to wanting to Continue Reading

  • Yom alef d’Rosh Hashanah

    Rosh Hashana Genesis 21:1-34; Numbers 29:1-6; 1 Samuel 1:1-2:10 One of the most startling situations is when Hashem Himself comes down from heaven in order to visit a human being. Not just a ben adam, a human being, but the ben adam who picks up where others left off. His name is Avraham. The twenty Continue Reading

  • Chukat

    Of all commandments in Torah there are two remarkable ones which cannot be practiced at the moment. One is sacrifices on the altar as prescribed at several places and explained a bit more in Vayikra/Leviticus 17:11, For the life of the flesh is in the blood; and I have given it for you upon the Continue Reading

  • Kedosjiem

    You shall be holy is what Israel received as commandment from the Lord. Holiness is a virtue which we consciously have to choose to be. It does not just come by osmosis from Moses. Many character items can be grouped under holiness and Parashat Kedoshim mentions quite some. The list starts with honoring our parents, Continue Reading

  • Tazria

    All of us are born in a state of spiritual contamination. At the birth of a boy the mother is contaminated for seven days. And with a girl the period of contamination is two weeks, two times seven days. This way Hashem reminds us of the fact that people are unholy of themselves when they Continue Reading

  • Wajikra

    This week’s Torah portion is the beginning of the third part of Torah, called Vayikra. The titles of the five parts of Torah tell us about the punch line of G-d’s plan with the world. The first part is called Beresheet. It tells about the creation of the world and of all mankind, and of Continue Reading

  • Mattot

    This week we read the text which is also read on Kol Nidre, the eve of Yom HaKippurim. Men will have to abide by their vows. Vows made by women can be corrected by their father or husband. For the difference between dealing with a vow of a man and of a woman we need Continue Reading

  • Kedosjiem

    You shall be holy is what Israel received as commandment from the Lord. Holiness is a virtue which we consciously have to choose to be. It does not just come by osmosis from Moses. Many character items can be grouped under holiness and Parashat Kedoshim mentions quite some. The list starts with honoring our parents, Continue Reading

  • Wayigash

    When Joseph accuses Benyamin of stealing and condemns him of having to stay behind in Egypt while the brothers are allowed to leave for the Promised Land of Israel it is Yehudah (Judah) who proves himself to be a good lawyer. His speech is simple and eloquent and it says in Torah, in chapter 44 Continue Reading