Memphis

So for the last few days, I’ve spent my time at the event my organization holds every two years on the border of three states, Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi. Apparently, the bridge that I saw every day from the Convention Center window marks the border of two of them going along the mighty Mississippi river. What can I…

Tazria-Metzora

This is a hard Parshah for me as, actually, most of the Parashot in Leviticus – Vayikra. I am going to bring you another commentary from a source that is not that well-known (I think). I subscribe to a newsletter by a Rabbi Ben Zion Spitz, the former Chief Rabbi of Uruguay. He brings an…

Vayikra

This Shabbat, Vayikra, I am again, bringing you some wisdom from the two sources you are no doubt already familiar with. First – from Dr. David Ackerman: “No grain offering that you offer to the Lord shall be made with leaven, for no leavenor honey may be turned into smoke as a gift to the Lord.” (Leviticus 2:11)…

Mishpatim

Another Shabbat is coming up, Parshat Mishpatim. It does feel like the weeks are running by, doesn’t it? This week, I am bringing you Alex Israel again, one of my teachers at Pardes. Here is the podcast that you can listen to while preparing for Shabbat. That’s what I do. Another great d’var Torah is coming…

Parshat Vayera

This week, for Parshat Vayera, again, I am bringing you some great d’var Torah from the teachers that I like to listen to myself. Rabbi Joe Wolfson is always able to bring out some unusual points on the Parshah. His lectures are published on YUTorah, the site of Yeshiva University. Another piece is from the Partners-in-Torah…

Vayeishev – וישב

As usual, I am bringing you a couple of commentaries on this week’s Parshah that I like: Dr. Ackerman brings a very unusual commentary: “About that time Judah left his brothers and camped near a certain Adullamite whose name was Chira.”  (Genesis 38:1) Parashat Vayeshev introduces the Joseph saga.  Joseph infuriates his brothers with his arrogance…

Parshat ha Shavuah Verses – Vaeira

This is a parshah of Gd’s names.   ב  וַיְדַבֵּר אֱלֹהִים, אֶל-מֹשֶׁה; וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלָיו, אֲנִי יְהוָה. 2 And God spoke unto Moses, and said unto him: ‘I am the LORD; ג  וָאֵרָא, אֶל-אַבְרָהָם אֶל-יִצְחָק וְאֶל-יַעֲקֹב–בְּאֵל שַׁדָּי; וּשְׁמִי יְהוָה, לֹא נוֹדַעְתִּי לָהֶם. 3 and I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, as God Almighty, but by My…

We are in it Together. Part II – Yaffa.

Here, at Pardes I like all of my teachers. Otherwise I wouldn’t have taken their classes, right? But a person, whose class and relationship with I treasure the most is, definitely, Yaffa Epstein. Yaffa is a reason I am coming to Pardes for the second year and plan on coming again, B’H. I am not…