Category Archives: Thoughts of the Perasha

Vayikra-Rosh Hodesh-HaHodesh – Thoughts On the Perasha

A very special Shabbat is upon us. The occurrence is rare – to have 3 Sifrei Torah used to read the 3 different portions, namely Vayikra, Rosh Hodesh and HaHodesh. This last reading is a call to all the Jewish people to prepare themselves for the celebration of the Festival of Passover. It is obvious […]

Vayakhel-Pekude-Parah – Thoughts on the Perasha

There are two main Missvot in this week’s Perashot, namely the building of the Mishkan and Shabbat. These two Missvot seem to be either contradictory or complimentary. Contradictory, because we learn all the prohibited works, the 39 Melakhot one is not allowed to perform on Shabbat, from the construction of the Mishkan. In addition, our […]

Ki Tisa – Thoughts on the Perasha: Lies and Fake News

This week’s Perasha is host to the infamous story of Hett HaE’gel – the sin of the Golden Calf.  As readers of the Perasha we are always disappointed at the conduct of Bene Yisrael.  This generation of Jews was privy to the most illustrious miracles of Hashem.  They witnessed the 10 plagues, the splitting of […]

Tessaveh-Zakhor – Thoughts on the Perasha

It is no coincidence that we read Perashat “Zakhor” the Shabbat before Purim. As we look towards the celebration of Purim this coming week we remember our enemy Amalek. Zakhor enjoins us to remember each year prior to Purim an enemy that preyed on the vulnerability of Bene Yisrael, and attacked them just as they […]

Teruma – Thoughts on The Perasha

In Perashat Teruma we are given painstaking details for the building of the Mishkan and fashioning of every detail of its accoutrements. I am sure that at the time that the Mishkan was being built it was necessary for the artisans, and the Cohanim to understand how everything should look in order to make the […]

Mishpatim – Thoughts on The Perasha

Upon studying Perashat Mishpatim the reader must understand that the human race was not operating at the level of sophistication that, we imagine, exists in the civilized world today. In many ancient Near Eastern cultures, human life and property held the same low value. Slavery was common place, and more specifically Bene Yisrael themselves had […]

Yitro – Thoughts on the Perasha

Perashat Yitro is named after Moshe’s father-in-law, for his contribution of a prescription for effective leadership.  There were two different guests that came to visit the Israelites in the desert. One was Yitro, whose counsel was a major benefit to Israel. Yitro, upon observing his son-in-law’s workload, recommended appointing competent men to assist Moshe in […]

Bo – Thoughts on The Perasha

Perashat Bo marks the first Missva that the Jewish People received as a Nation and People. Unlike the Missva of Circumcision and the prohibition of eating the Sinew that were given to individuals Abraham and Yaakov respectively, this one was given to the entire people as a group. The importance of this Missva and the […]

Vaera – Thoughts on the Perasha

In the Perashat Shemot which we read last week, there is an ending with a short note; giving prelude to this week’s Perashat Vaera. Moshe and Aharon are indicted by their people for their “Failed Leadership” in reducing and mitigating the burden of slavery placed upon the Israelites. They in fact, were accused of worsening […]