Our great teacher Moshe begins his final oration to the Jewish people in this week's Torah portion.
The Fewest of All Peoples
What has happened to all the promises of Bereishit, that Abraham’s children would be numerous, uncountable, as many as the stars of the sky, the dust of the earth, and the grains of sand on a seashore?
Honor the Elderly!
Am I required to stand up anytime I see a senior citizen walking down the street? I give a daf yomi shiur. Many of those who attend are old enough to be my grandfather. Am I required to stand up for them when they arrive at the shiur? Does one older person need to stand up for another older person?
Although our teacher Moshe figuratively tears down the gates of heaven with his prayers and supplication to be allowed to enter the land of Israel, his wish is not granted. The question itself remains a vexing one, even thousands of years later.
Who Heard Ten?
Parashat Vaetchanan returns us to the Ten Commandments. We also read the parasha of Shema, which we recite twice a day, thereby accepting Hashem’s sovereignty over us. One thing that unites these special Torah portions is the matter of shemi’ah (hearing).
The Leader as Teacher
By the end of the book of Bamidbar, Moses’ career as a leader would seem to be ending. It is what Moses did next that bears the mark of greatness.
Recalling Past Events
There is no need to reconcile the two apparent differing descriptions of the same Torah event. We know that human beings can never really be truly objective. As such, we can never claim objectivity in recalling past events and describing them for later generations.
Redemption Is "Fast" Approaching
Devarim begins a new Sefer, the last of the Chumash. It represents Moshe’s final “sermon” to his nation, just weeks before he will die on his 120th birthday. This Sedra MUST always read on the Shabbat preceding Tisha B’Av. Why?
Why Are There No Plishtim in Sefer Devarim?
The Rambam rules: Bnei Yisrael were commanded upon entering the Land – to appoint a king. It is noteworthy that Bnei Yisrael did not appoint such a king for some 400 years from the time that Yehoshua led the nation into Eretz Yisrael. Why didn’t they do so? Because they did not have full independence. What prevented full independence? The answer can be found in silence.
How To Be Blessed With Abundance
An explanation of the special Brakha given to the descendants of Joseph in their tribal territory in the Land of Israel - and how we too can receive that blessing even today.
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