Sheva Brachot

In this week’s parsha we are introduced to the first marriage in the Torah. It is contractual, well thought out, based on common values and has consent from those involved. This is in stark contrast to last week’s parsha which gave us a window into some of the most unhealthy relationships, with the promiscuous behavior […]

Avraham’s Unique Lesson of Kindness

The parasha opens with Avraham sitting in wait at the entrance to his tent and, despite recovering from surgery, he is hoping for a passerby upon whom he can bestow kindness. Three angels – Gavriel, Rafael and Michael – pay him a visit in the form of three Arabian travelers. Avraham runs to greet them […]

Sukkot – A Reality Check

This shiur is dedicated in memory of Avi Mori, Yehoshua ben Azriel HaKohen, on the occasion of his 33rd Yahrtzeit Sukkot begins this year on Sunday evening, so we will devote this week’s shiur to the mitzva of sitting in the Sukka. This mitzva, which appears in Sefer VaYikra, (23:42-43), is one of only a […]

Confident Changes

Moshe describes the mitzvah of Hakel, one of the final mitzvot of the Torah, in the following way: “Every seven years, at the conclusion of the Shmittah year[1], on Sukkot, when all Israel comes to appear before your God in the place that He will choose, you shall read this Teaching aloud in the presence […]