Parshat Shavua

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    Sprints and Marathons
    Moses had to contend with both sides, inducing the Israelites to do teshuvah and God to exercise forgiveness. The good news is: there once was a Moses. what happens when there is no Moses?
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    Could the Fruit Be Orlah?
    Our school had several fruit trees planted for decorative and educational purposes. Is there really an orlah prohibition in chutz la’aretz?
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    To be a Free Nation in its Land
    Parashat Tazria opens with the command to do a brit mila on a baby’s eighth day. It would seem that we thereby make a bodily sign of being like slaves of Hashem, which would indicate that we left the bondage of Egypt to be slaves to Hashem. So in what way did we become free men?
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    How to Praise
    The Sages were eloquent on the subject of lashon hara, the sin they took to be the cause of tsara’at. But there is a meta-halachic principle: “From the negative you can infer the positive”. Therefore there must in principle be a concept of lashon hatov, good speech.
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    Comfort In Time Of Loss
    When we lose someone close to us, the pain is almost unbearable. How can we find solace and comfort at such times?
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    Reticence vs. Impetuosity
    It should have been a day of joy. The Israelites had completed the Mishkan, the Sanctuary. But tragedy struck. The two elder sons of Aaron “offered a strange fire" and they died. Aaron’s joy turned to mourning.
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    Why Eat Kosher?
    What's the connection between working in a recording studio and eating non-kosher food?
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    The Courage of Identity Crises
    ood leaders know their own limits. They do not try to do it all themselves. They build teams. But learning your limits, knowing there are things you cannot do can be a painful experience.
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    Moshe's Private Revelation
    Moshe hears the voice of the Lord as God calls to him. However, it is not the same experience that it was at Mount Sinai. it is a private revelation exclusive to Moshe. The great heavenly voice is not heard outside the Tabernacle itself.
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