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The Gathering

20 Elul 5775 – September 3, 2015
Why was the mitzvah of Hakhel reserved for this particular time?

Aleph Beta: Ki Tavo: The Pursuit of Happiness Part 1/2

Ki Tavocan be broken into 2 main sections but is there a common thread that unifies our parsha?

Powerful Forces Of Growth

How can Rashi say that all we need to do in order to reach that lofty level is to fully accept Hashem’s mitzvos?

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Ki Tavo

The bikkurim declaration praises Gd & distills the Egyptian experience down to its spiritual essence

Lending To Non-Jews

The Chasam Sofer (Yoreh Deah 106) explains that the Torah never commanded us to lend non-Jews money; it only allowed it.

Quality Prevails Over Quantity

14 Elul 5775 – August 28, 2015
The common translation of the opening words of this week’s parsha, Ki Seitzei, is: “When you go out to war against your enemy.” Actually...

The Love Between God and His People

The love between Gd & Israel is deeper than marriage; beyond the infinite love of parent for child

Over Spending On A Mitzvah

13 Elul 5775 – August 27, 2015
Since giving the machatzis hashekel will not change his financial situation, he is obligated to do so even though it is more than a fifth of his income.

Wakeful Warriors

Each month is associated with a particular tribe. The month of Elul is matched up with Gad. What makes Gad unique?

Ultimate Showdown

Sanctions and indictment of the Jew, holding him to a higher standard, is as common and misplaced as ever.

Outcomes And Intentions

To allow for free will, there are times when Hashem will allow a person the “opportunity to be the messenger.”

Aleph Beta: Ki Teitzei: How To Merit Long Life‏

The promise for long life only comes from 2 commandments; What's the connection between them?

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Ki Tetzeh

Mighty Amalek deliberately attacked enemy's weakest members, despicable even by ancient standards

The Joy Of Elul

7 Elul 5775 – August 21, 2015
You may wonder, how can we be excited and joyful at a time when His Judgment, not Fatherly Love, reigns supreme?

Right Or Left

Children resist authority and struggle against structure, chores, and rules. But deep down they feel loved when they are granted guidelines and limits.

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Shoftim

Judges, essentially apolitical, fulfilled a temporary purpose and then returned to private life

Each One Of Us Is Like A Tree Of The Field

Torah teaches that trees must be protected for the trees themselves, sake of man, & for life lessons

Aleph Beta: Shoftim: The Significance of Saving Private Ryan‏

6 Elul 5775 – August 20, 2015
On the eve of battle, 4 groups can leave. Who are the 4 & what does it mean "allowed to go home"?

The Religion Of Evolution

Everything you see – from the flower to the bee, from the oceans to the mountains, rivers, planets, the sun, the moon and the stars – all just sort of happened.

The Prophet And The King

The articles in this column are transcriptions and adaptations of shiurim by Rav Joseph Ber Soloveitchik, zt"l. The Rav's unique perspective on Chumash permeated...

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