The Secret of the Incense

In this week’s parasha, Korach (in Israel), we learn of the famous rebellion instigated by Korach against the leadership of Moshe and Aharon. Korach gathers together a band of followers in his attempted uprising, his major claim to Moshe and Aharon being: . . . וַיֹּאמְרוּ אֲלֵהֶם רַב לָכֶם כִּי כָל הָעֵדָה כֻּלָּם קְדשִׁים וּבְתוֹכָם ה” […]

Far Away Home

I’m personally dedicating this Dvar Torah and its message to the new Bogrot of 5782 (!) and to all the bogrot who are forever part of the HaRova family and who have made HaRova their home. In the midst of the detailed and lengthy instructions for how and when Bnei Yisrael will be traveling in […]

Amal HaTorah

One of the key attributes required in order to grow through Torah is known as “ עמל התורה” – the toil of study of Torah. It is a value which stands on its own and is seen as crucial to internalize Torah values and knowledge. The Talmud (Bava Kama 20b) teaches this principle by conveying […]

Step by Step

During Sefer Vayikra, we are taken on a spiritual journey. We start with the assembling of the Mishkan and the Korbanot that are given within this sacred place. We then are surprised to learn that the Mishkan affects us as a people not only within the Mishkan but outside as well, and shapes our entire […]

Breaking to Build

Our Parsha opens up with the following verse: ״ויהי ביום השמיני קרא משה לאהרן ולבניו ולזקני ישראל״ (ויקרא ט:א) And it was on the eighth day, Moshe called to Aharon, and to his sons and to the elders of Israel. Rashi points out that “the eighth day” was the eighth day of the inauguration of the Mishkan, which fell out on Rosh Chodesh Nissan. In […]

A Good Reason Not to Say Tachanun?

Growing up in Teaneck, NJ (and it was very different place more years ago than I care to admit) our shul had an unusual minhag to stop saying tachanun as of the 23rd day of Adar, as opposed to the more common practice of stopping saying tachanun as of Rosh Chodesh Nissan. It was unclear […]

Being Called Up to Greatness

Our Parasha together with Sefer Vayikra begins with the famous words: Vayikra El Moshe , Vayedaber Hashem Elav… And He called to Moshe and Hashem spoke to him… The double language of “ And He called…and Hashem spoke” seems redundant. Rashi therefore comments that the word “Vayikra” indicates endearment, Hashem’s affection expressed first through calling […]

Marking the Miracle

This week I will depart from the usual theme of parshat hashavua and invite you all to join me and my family in celebrating our own holiday. Ten years ago this week my wife and five of my children were involved in a very severe car accident that included the car they were in flipping […]

Building the Community of the People of Israel

We open up this week’s parsha to an all too familiar situation. Moshe has gathered the people to command them in the mitzvah of shabbat as well as the construction of the Mishkan.  While we are well aware that these commandments have many intricate details there is still a lingering feeling that quite a lot […]

Seeing is Believing?

Perhaps, as difficult as it is to try and understand the disaster of the Golden Calf that takes place in our parasha – how it is that a nation could fall from the Igra Rama to the Bira Amikta – the greatest heights to the deepest of pits? –  it is equally difficult to understand Moshe’s reaction […]