Author Archives: Rabbi Elie Abadie M.D.

Korah – Perasha Synopsis

Perashat Korah, begins describing an outright rebellion with an attempt to overthrow against Moshe and Aharon as he leaders of the Children of Israel. The leader of the rebellion was their own cousin Korah and his family. Like in any political rebellion, the leader of the rebellion must attract a popular following. Korah posed as […]

Shelah Lekha – Thoughts on the Perasha

Shouting fire in a crowded theater” is a popular metaphor for speech or actions made for the principal purpose of creating unnecessary panic. The phrase is a paraphrasing of Justice Oliver Wendell Holme’s Jr.  opinion in the United States Supreme Court. As Justice Holmes wrote:”The most stringent protection of free speech would not protect a […]

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 […]