Lomdus on the Parashah

Do I Need to Stay in for Torah Reading?

by R. Moshe Kurtz Lomdus on the Parsha: Beshalach Based on the Acclaimed Sefer Chavatzeles HaSharon Q: Is one required to hear all of Torah reading? Then Moshe caused Israel to set out from the Sea of Reeds. They went on into the wilderness of Shur; they traveled three days in the wilderness and found no water. (Exodus 15:22) The Talmud ...

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The Dual Sanctity of Israel

by R. Moshe Kurtz Lomdus on the Parsha: Bo Based on the Acclaimed Sefer Chavatzeles HaSharon Q: May we sanctify the new month outside the Land of Israel? God said to Moshe and Aharon in the land of Egypt: “This month shall mark for you the beginning of the months; it shall be the first of the months of the year ...

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Voluntary Sacrifice: From the Furnaces of Egypt to Babylonia

by R. Moshe Kurtz Lomdus on the Parsha: Va’eira Based on the Acclaimed Sefer Chavatzeles HaSharon Q: Can the plague of frogs serve as a proper model for Jewish martyrdom?  “The Nile shall swarm with frogs, and they shall come up and enter your palace, your bedchamber and your bed, the houses of your courtiers and your people, and your ...

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To Wield a Metaphysical Sword

by R. Moshe Kurtz Lomdus on the Parsha: Shemos Based on the Acclaimed Sefer Chavatzeles HaSharon Q: Is one culpable for killing someone through supernatural means? Some time after that, when Moshe had grown up, he went out to his kinsfolk and witnessed their labors. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his kinsmen. He turned this way ...

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Overspending on a Mitzvah?

by R. Moshe Kurtz Lomdus on the Parsha: Vayechi Based on the Acclaimed Sefer Chavatzeles HaSharon Q: Is there a limit to how much one may spend on a mitzvah? Zevulun shall dwell by the seashore; He shall be a haven for ships, And his flank shall rest on Sidon. (Genesis 49:13) Zevulun was mentioned before Issachar even though Issachar ...

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Honor Thy [Grand]father and [Grand]mother

by R. Moshe Kurtz Lomdus on the Parsha: Vayigash Based on the Acclaimed Sefer Chavatzeles HaSharon Q: Is there a halachic obligation to honor one’s grandparents?  So Yisrael set out with all that was his, and he came to Beer-sheva, where he offered sacrifices to the God of his father Yitzchak. (Genesis 46:1) Rashi cites the Medresh in Bereishis Rabbah ...

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Bargaining With Lives and Tribes

by R. Moshe Kurtz Lomdus on the Parsha: Vayeishev Based on the Acclaimed Sefer Chavatzeles HaSharon Q: What right did Reuven have to put his own son’s lives on the line?  Then Reuven said to his father, “You may kill my two sons if I do not bring him back to you. Put him in my care, and I will ...

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Yehudah and Tamar: Marriage or Harlotry?

by R. Moshe Kurtz Lomdus on the Parsha: Vayeishev Based on the Acclaimed Sefer Chavatzeles HaSharon Q: Did the relations between Yehudah and Tamar constitute a sin? He inquired of the council of that locale, “Where is the prostitute, the one at Enaim, by the road?” But they said, “There has been no prostitute here.” (Genesis 38:21) Following the deaths of ...

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Deserving of Death

by R. Moshe Kurtz Lomdus on the Parsha: Vayishlach Based on the Acclaimed Sefer Chavatzeles HaSharon Q: Did the inhabitants of the city of Shechem deserve to be killed? On the third day, when they were in pain, Shimon and Levi, two of Yaakov’s sons, brothers of Dinah, took each his sword, came upon the city unawares, and slew all ...

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The Non-Holy vs. The Unholy

by R. Moshe Kurtz Lomdus on the Parsha: Vayeitzei Based on the Acclaimed Sefer Chavatzeles HaSharon Q: Was Yaakov permitted to use the stones he rested on for an altar? Early in the morning, Yaakov took the stone that he had put under his head and set it up as a pillar and poured oil on the top of it. ...

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