Parshah Potpourri

Can Wealth and Torah Go Together?

Vayeit shichmo lisbol vayehi l’mas oved (Bereishis 49:15) In the 1980s, one of the most esteemed talmidim in the Mir Yeshivah in Yerushalayim got engaged to the daughter of a…

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Don’t Blame Others!

V’lo yachol Yosef l’hisapek l’chol ha’nitzavim alav vayikra hotzi’u kol ish me’alai v’lo amad ish ito b’hisvada Yosef el echav (Bereishis 45:1) Parashas Mikeitz ends dramatically, with Yosef’s servant (his…

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Look Past the Greek Glitter

Biy’mei Mattisyahu ben Yochanan Kohen Gadol Chashmona’i u’vanav k’she’amdah Malchus Yavan ha’resha’ah al am’cha Yisrael l’hashkicham Torasecha ul’ha’aviram me’chukei retzonecha (Al Hanissim) On Chanukah we add a paragraph known as…

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The Best Kind of Mitzvah

Vayeishev Yaakov b’eretz megurei aviv (Bereishis 37:1) After emerging triumphant from his struggles against his wicked father-in-law, Lavan, and his brother, Esav, Yaakov returned to Canaan to settle in his…

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A Fascinating Historical Incident

Al kein lo yochlu Bnei Yisrael es gid hanasheh al kaf hayerech ad hayom hazeh (Bereishis 32:33) In his commentary on Yoreh De’ah known as Kreisi U’Pleisi (65:16), Harav Yonasan…

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The Unexpected Reward for a Mitzvah

Vayizkor Elokim es Rochel vayishma eilehah Elokim vayiftach es rachmah (Bereishis 30:22) The Torah tells us that “Elokim” remembered the barren Rochel, heard her prayers. Harav Avrohom Yaakov Pam questions…

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Yoshev Ohalim

Vayigdelu ha’ne’arim vayehi Esav ish yodei’a tzayid ish sadeh v’Yaakov ish tam yoshev ohalim (Toldos 25:27) Parashas Chayei Sarah concludes by recording that Yishmael died at the age of 137…

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Burying the Dead

Tenu li achuzas kever imachem v’ekberah meisi milfanai (Bereishis 23:4) Parashas Chayei Sarah begins with Avraham Avinu’s negotiations with the children of Cheis and Ephron to purchase a burial plot…

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Insights Into Salt

Vatabet ishto me’acharav vatehi netziv melach (Bereishis 19:26) Parashas Vayeira details the destruction of the wicked city of Sedom and its environs as punishment for their evildoing, in particular for…

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Please Do Me a Favor

Imri na achosi at lemaan yitav li baavureich v’chaysah nafshi biglaleich (Bereishis 12:13) Due to a famine in the land of Canaan, Avraham Avinu and Sarah Imeinu decided to travel…

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Insights Into the Rainbow

Es kashti nasati be’anan v’haysa l’os bris beini u’bein ha’aretz (Bereishis 9:13) The rainbow has become known as a symbol of peace and harmony. On a simple level, this is…

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What Did Kayin Say to Hevel?

Vayomer Kayin el Hevel achiv vayehi bih’yosam ba’sadeh vayakam Kayin el Hevel achiv vayahargeihu (Bereishis 4:8) In Parashas Tazria (Vayikra 13:45–46), the Torah commands a metzora to dwell outside of…

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The Joy of Sukkos

B’chamishah asar yom l’chodesh ha’shevi’i hazeh Chag haSukkos shivas yamim l’Hashem (Vayikra 23:34) According to one opinion in the Gemara in Sukkah (11b), we are commanded to sit in sukkos…

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The Timing of Hakhel

Mikeitz sheva shanim b’moed shnas haShemittah b’Chag haSukkos … tikra es haTorah hazos (Devarim 31:10–11) Parashas Vayeilech contains the mitzvah of hakhel, in which Moshe commanded all of the Jewish…

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Rosh Hashanah and Teshuvah

Ki karov eilecha hadavar me’od (Devarim 30:14) Rosh Hashanah is the beginning of a 10-day period known as the Aseres Yemei Teshuvah (10 Days of Repentance). However, several commentators point…

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The Difference Between the Mountains

Eileh ya’amdu l’varech es ha’am al Har Gerizim (Devarim 27:12) Moshe told the Jewish people that when they entered the Land of Israel, they should recommit themselves to mitzvah observance.…

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Marriage Perspectives

Ki yikach ish ishah (Devarim 24:1) Parashas Ki Seitzei contains the Torah source for marriage (Kiddushin 2a). The Mishnah (Megillah 4:3) teaches that various parts of the prayer service that…

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The Judge in Our Days

U’vasa el haKohanim haLeviim v’el hashofet asher yih’yeh ba’yamim haheim v’darashta v’higidu lecha es dvar hamishpat (Devarim 17:9) The Torah commands us that when a matter of judgment is in…

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Parashas Re’eh and Elul

Re’eh anochi nosein lifneichem hayom brachah u’klalah (Devarim 11:26) Harav Moshe Aharon Friedman of Yeshivas Mir in Yerushalayim explains that Sefer Devarim represents a process, beginning with Parashas Devarim, which…

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A Stubborn Nation

V’yadata ki lo b’tzidkascha Hashem Elokecha nosein lecha es ha’aretz hatovah hazos l’rishtah ki am kshei oref atah (Devarim 9:6) A mere 40 days after accepting the Torah at Mount…

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