Monthly Archives: May 2018

Beha’alotekha – Thoughts on the Perasha

A People can rise to the heights of spirituality and existence and yet descend to the abyss of depravity and ingratitude. This week’s Perasha shows us this sharp contradiction between that which elevates us and that which brings us down.  As the name Beha’alotekha infers, Aharon the Kohen rises and lights up the Menorah.  The […]

Beha’alotekha – Perasha Synopsis

The Perasha begins with the lighting of the Menorah by Aharon the Cohen as part of the Tabernacle inauguration. The Levites are then consecrated, and assigned their tasks and responsibilities. As the upcoming first anniversary of Pesah approached Hashem explains to Moshe the Pesah offering in the desert, and the concept of Pesah Sheni, a […]

Naso – Perasha Synopsis

This Perasha continues from last week’s counting and description of the responsibilities of the two remaining Levite families, Gershon and Merari.  The tasks of the Leviim were to be supervised by Aharon and the Kohanim. The concept of Sotah is introduced. Sotah is a woman who behaved in an unseemly manner, giving her husband good […]

Bamidbar-Shabuot – Thought on the Perasha

Almost invariably, Perashat Bemidbar is read the Shabbat before the Holiday of Shabuot. In fact, our Sages set it that way for a reason. The Midrash comments that the Torah was given amidst three things: באש – fire, במים – water and במדבר – desert. Therefore, they set the reading of Perashat Bemidbar the Shabbat […]

Behar-Behukotay – Thoughts on the Perasha

The concept of crime and punishment is an age old one. Can society survive on the honor system or there should be a system where violators are punished and suffer the consequences of their actions? The philosophy behind such a system is that there should be justice in society and forewarning to individuals so law […]

Emor – Thoughts on the Perasha

Spiritual leaders are always held in high esteem. Believed to be the servant of G-d A-mighty, a higher standard is attributed to them. Especially Priests – those that participate in the Divine Service of the Temple had a specific set of rules and laws that required them to maintain a particular responsibility and to maintain […]

Emor – Perasha Synopsis

The Perasha begins with a directive from Hashem telling the Kohanim, whose Divine Service places upon them a particular responsibility, to maintain higher standards of holiness and purity. As part of that holiness the Kohanim were exhorted to protect themselves from any “contamination” or “impurity” and if they become, they must withdraw from all aspects […]