Weekly Torah Reading Resources

The Commandment to Maintain Good Family Ties

by R. Eliezer Simcha Weisz The Deeper Meaning of “Deror” in the Jubilee Year [Yovel]  – The Commandment to Maintain Good Family Ties   התורה היא נצחית ומוחלטת, וכל פסוק בתורה יש בו משמעות ולקחים עבורנו גם בימינו, גם אם לכאורה מצווה ספציפית אינה ניתנת ליישום במובנה המקורי כפי שמובא בפסוקים The Torah is eternal and absolute, and every verse ...

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We Don’t Always Decide Who We Are

by R. Gidon Rothstein Parshat Behar Do Not Free an Eved Kena’ani I chose the comment from HaKetav VeHaKabbalah for this parsha because it dovetails with other learning of mine, although it is not a full idea. Chapter 25, 44-46 introduces eved Kena’ani, a non-Jew in servitude to a Jew. [I avoid “slave” because of its English connotations, given the ...

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Speak and You Shall Say

by R. Eliezer Simcha Weisz Speak and You Shall Say: A Light for Ourselves and Our Children in Times of Darkness- Drawing Inspiration From Great Moments “G-d said to Moshe: Speak to the kohanim, the sons of Aaron, and you shall say to them: A man shall not defile himself for a deceased among his people.” (Leviticus 21:1) Rashi points ...

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Finding Sanctity

by R. Gidon Rothstein Parshat Emor Three of the four comments I found for this time address how we bring kedushah into the world. While we usually translate the word along the lines of “sanctity’” let’s see how well these comments fit the definition. The first, HaKetav VeHaKabbalah’s comment to 24;21, focuses on another topic I have long thought underrecognized, ...

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Mitzvot: Not Just Rules, But Wings to Fly

by R. Eliezer Simcha Weisz In Parashas Acharei Mos, the Torah instructs us on the famous principle of living by the mitzvot (commandments). The pasuk (verse) itself says: “וּשְׁמַרְתֶּ֤ם אֶת־חֻקֹּתַי֙ וְאֶת־מִשְׁפָּטַ֔י אֲשֶׁ֨ר יַעֲשֶׂ֥ה אֹתָ֛ם הָאָדָ֖ם וָחַ֣י בָּהֶ֑ם אֲנִ֖י ה’ – and you shall guard My decrees and My laws, that a person shall do them, and he shall live by ...

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Body, Soul, and How We Put them Together

by R. Gidon Rothstein Parshat Acharei Mot The Torah introduces the list of prohibited liaisons with a general verse, 18;6, banning a man from approaching any she’er besaro, close relative, to uncover nakedness, a way to refer to the essential marital act. HaKetav VeHaKabbalah records Rambam’s reason, from Moreh Nevuchim, for why the Torah prohibited these relationships, even within marriage, ...

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