Just as Noach established and created a certain merit for himself when being saved, so too Bnei Yisrael need to do the same in order to be redeemed.
While our leaders have been shepherds, the vast majority of the Children of Israel were farmers.
In this week's parsha, the Israelites experience their highest high & lowest low within a few verses
The Torah recognizes the phenomenon of leadership and brings it to our attention subtly in the Book of Bemidbar, through the way it lists the names of the different tribes.
Nachum was doing a research project on the Rambam for one of his courses. He borrowed a number of sefarim from his yeshiva's library for a month while writing the paper. When he completed the assignment, he gathered the sefarim together to return them to the library, but noticed that one sefer was missing.
The month of Adar is the month of joy. It’s the time when we reaccepted the Torah.
During the subsequent Days of Penitence, we prepared for the awesome and holy day of Yom Kippur, begging our Father and King to grant us a tabula rasa, so that we can begin anew.
When the Rambam wished to give an example of how a non-kohen could light the menorah, why did he have to say that a kohen took the menorah outside of the Kodesh?
Often he strove to aid Jews materially even before working to elevate them spiritually because an improved material life allows one’s spiritual life to thrive.
Property ownership is an extremely important and fundamental right and principle according to the Torah.
Eliezer, the faithful servant of Avraham, was charged with finding a wife for Yitzchak. Knowing full well the gravity of his mission, he also recognized its difficulty. The woman he would choose was to be the mother of the Je
If a person steals an item and then dies, his children must return the stolen item.
The Vilna Gaon argues that that there is even more reason to permit doing pidyon haben via a shliach since pidyon haben is essentially repaying a debt.
It may be suggested that a time frame of separation is mandated to heighten the physical encounter.
There is no greater joy and gratitude that a father can have than when a lost child is led home.
He implored the talmid to come up with a way he could return the money without implicating himself.
Many commentators sense a significance to the placement of the bikkurim declaration, at the beginning of this week’s pasha, right after the injunction to destroy Amalek. What is the connection?
At the onset of the Bnei Yisrael’s journey through the midbar, we read in this week’s parshah that the Bnei Yisrael’s complaint was for food to eat. Hashem responded that He would send “lechem min hashamayim” (also known as mun), and that the Bnei Yisrael would collect each day’s portion according to the number of members of his household.
On Parshat Vayeishev with a nod to Chanukah.
A picture is worth a thousand words...
Sports or Judaism--two top athletes made the right decision
Ramban interprets Korban as self-sacrifice, each Jew should attempt to recreate Akeidas Yitzchak.
The dreams revealed their differences: The butler was active; the baker completely passive.
Our Matzah is not Shmurah if we are unconcerned with those who have nothing to eat, or no Seder to join.
The Brisker Rav suggests that the barad, in fact, only fell on people, animals, and vegetation.
The greatest impact of an individual is generally felt when he acts as part of the larger community.
First, the makka occurred on the first night of Pesach, not on Erev Pesach. Why, then, fast on Erev Pesach?
In this week’s parshah, Yosef is the ruler of Mitzrayim and his brothers come to purchase food from him, not realizing with whom they were dealing.
Chazal recognized the importance of recording events for subsequent generations to identify with, understand and appreciate what moved the author so many years before.
This weeek's parsha teaches us two pillars of life...