Author Archives: Yonatan Grossman

Rabbi Dr. Yonatan Grossman

Sanctified Time

by R. Yonatan Grossman In this week’s parasha, immediately after the section about the different festivals, we read two commands that return us to the themes that permeate the end of Sefer Shemot – the building of the Mishkan (Tabernacle) and the service done within it. First is the command to light the Eternal Light (Ner Tamid) on the menora, ...

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The Vow and the Name Change

by Rav Yonatan Grossman Our parasha mentions twice the change of Yaakov’s name to Yisrael. This change is announced first by the angel with whom Yaakov wrestles (32:25-33) and then by God, following the fulfillment of Yaakov’s vow in Beit El (35:9-13). The commentaries regard God’s blessing in Beit El, including the name change, as a new incident, in which ...

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Military and Political Spying

by R. Yonatan Grossman Parashat Shelach centers around the sin of the spies, which essentially forms the dividing line between the two parts of Sefer Bemidbar. Heretofore, the Sefer has dealt with a nation on the brink of entry into the land promised to them and their forefathers. As a result of the sin of the spies, however, the entire ...

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Sanctified Time

by R. Yonatan Grossman In this week’s parasha, immediately after the section about the different festivals, we read two commands that return us to the themes that permeate the end of Sefer Shemot – the building of the Mishkan (Tabernacle) and the service done within it. First is the command to light the Eternal Light (Ner Tamid) on the menora, ...

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