May 1864 was one of the bloodiest months in American military history. At what came to be known as the Battle of the Wilderness, General Grant’s Union forces suffered close to 18,000 casualties between May 3 and May 6. It seemed as yet another Union general, even one such as Grant who had been successful out west, lost to General Robert E. Lee.
We would assume the selfish person would be happy. After all, he is singly focused on what’s good for him.
Rashi said Noah was lacking in faith. His faith in God wasn't weak, his self-faith was lacking
Why don’t we require the nazir to start his term again and why doesn’t the regular person who enters the Mikdash receive a punishment?
Winston Churchill repeated a grade during elementary school. He twice failed the exam to the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst. He later wrote, “Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never – in nothing, great or small, large or petty – never give in except to the convictions of honor and good sense. Never, Never, Never, Never give up!”
When Hashem took us out of Mitzrayim, we received not only a physical freedom but also a spiritual one.
Eretz Yisroel's resting during the shmittah year proclaims Hashem as the Creator of the world just as Shabbos does, for the init of time - seven - is solely connected to the creation of the world.
When you accept Torah and mitzvos upon yourself as an obligation, you simultaneously invest yourself with the strength to carry out the obligation.
Marror is the reliving of the bitter enslavement and matzah is the under-eighteen-minutes redemption.
Vayikra, the Torah’s middle book, gives the critical light to the Torah's other books around it.
Yom Kippur was but a few days ago and we were all feeling the closest to Hashem that we feel all year. And now it’s time to build the sukkah. But before we move on with the holiday cycle we need to see what we can do to retain at least some of those special feelings of Yom Kippur. This week’s haftorah guides us on just such a path.
Without vast preparation, one cannot even think of going to outer space.
Yaacov returns the stolen blessing of material wealth and physical might to Esav
The story of the spies, in this week's Torah portion, is viewed as an episode revealing the Jews' basic lack of faith in God.
General George Armstrong Custer. The mere mention of his name evokes strong opinions of condemnation or admiration, depending on one’s perspective.
A colossal failure of mammoth proportions. Shaul HaMelech fails in his mission to destroy the nation of Amalek in its entirety and to this day, we suffer from its ever-present force of evil.
Moshe realized that the halt to their march will have major repercussions. The body that had been so carefully assembled, with a single purpose and goal, began to fray.
Both the mishkan and Shabbat are in this week's parsha. What is the thematic, conceptual connection between the two?
Was it not obvious that these dreams foretold the wine-bearer’s reinstatement and the baker’s execution?
Hashem custom-designed this world and our current existence specifically so that we can grow.
Why would it not be sufficient to simply state lehoros from which we derive that in such a state one may not issue any psak?
Is the fact that we can spend time with our families just a fringe benefit of Shabbos or an integral aspect?
There is a mitzvah to eat on Erev Yom Kippur. The pasuk says that we should do ennui to our soul on the ninth day of Tishrei. The Gemara, in Yuma 81b, explains that the pasuk cannot be referring to the ninth day because we know from other pesukim that the ennui is on the tenth of the month. Therefore the Gemara explains that the pasuk is teaching us that whoever eats on the ninth day is considered to have fasted on the ninth and tenth days.
What does the omer & agricultural laws pe'ah & leket teach about the Biblical approach to holidays?
The Torah tells us that Yisro heard about the wonders Hashem had brought, and he joined the Jewish people. Rashi explains that while Yisro heard about all of the miracles, the two that actually moved him were the splitting of the sea and the war with Amalek. The others were impressive, but these alone actually affected him.