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    Parashat Hashavua

    Holy Talk is Not Cheap

    why did Moshe not merit to enter Eretz Yisrael? Considering that the Torah says the reason is Moshe’s misstep by hitting the rock to have its waters flow, another way to present the question is: what was so bad about hitting the rock?

    Rabbi Yossef Carmel | Tammuz 3 5781
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    Parashat Hashavua

    War Ethics

    Rabbi Yossef Carmel | Sivan 30 5780
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    Parashat Hashavua

    Why to Be Afraid or Not Be Afraid of Og – part I

    Moshe was threatened by Og, the King of Bashan, and his army and was successful in conquering. Before this happened, though, Hashem reassured Moshe: “Do not fear for I have given him over to your hand …” (Bamidbar 21:34). Considering all of the great challenges that Moshe overcame before this, why did Moshe require such emotional support? We will take a look at the historical phenomenon of which Og was a part, from the time of Avraham until the time of David.

    Rabbi Yossef Carmel | Sivan 27 5779
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    Parashat Hashavua

    Being Above, Not Below

    We have discussed in the past Bnei Yisrael’s relationship with the nation of Edom. Now we will take a look at Moav’s relationship with Edom, as portrayed by Amos: “For the three sins of Moav, and for the fourth I will not let them be – on the fact that they burned the bones of the King of Edom into lime” (Amos 2:1).

    Rabbi Yossef Carmel | Tamuz 6 5778
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    Chukat

    The King’s Clothes …

    The significance of the passing of Aharon’s clothes to Elazar, before the former’s death, of which we read this week, represents passing on his job and the authority of the Kohen Gadol from father to son. We have explained in the past that when Melachim begins with David’s lack of benefit from the warming powers of his clothes, it means that he had a problem passing on his kingdom to his heir apparent. That is why Chazal understood that David was criticized for cutting off the edge of Shaul’s garment when hiding in a cave as Shaul pursued him (Shmuel I, 24:4-5). It is not simple that he should be criticized, considering that he could have killed Shaul instead. According to what we have said, the matter is clear. Kingdom is something that one needs to receive, not take. By cutting off the piece of the garment, he was demonstrating taking it by force from Shaul, and this was wrong even as a symbolic act.

    Rabbi Yossef Carmel | 5777 1 Tammuz
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    Parashat Hashavua

    The King’s Clothes

    Rabbi Yossef Carmel | 5774
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    Parashat Hashavua

    What’s in a Name?

    Rabbi Yossef Carmel | 5773
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    Parashat Hashavua

    “We are Ready to Go Up” - Proper Willingness to Sacrifice

    Rabbi Yossef Carmel | 5771
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    Chukat

    "This is the Chuka of the Torah”

    Few names of a parasha have inspired as much deep contemplation as that of Chukat, which begins with the words, “This is the chuka of the Torah".

    Rabbi Yossef Carmel | Tamuz 5767
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    Chukat

    Miracles or Nature? You Decide

    Rabbi Yossef Carmel | 5766
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    Chukat

    “Can I Quote You?”

    Parashat Chukat

    Parashat Chukat

    Rabbi Yossef Carmel | 5764
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    Chukat

    Fearing Fear Itself

    Parashat Chukat

    Parashat Chukat

    Rabbi Yossef Carmel | 2 Tamuz 5765
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