Category Archives: Parshat Hashavua

ומי יודע אם לעת כזאת חסרת המלכות? Just Desertions – Pinchas and Overriding Faith

Learning Parshat Pinchas today with my Sixth Graders, a pair of insights by the students impressed me for their ingenuity and for their surprisingly adroit sensitivity to human nature and the human experience. Parshat Pinchas relates the reward that Hashem … Continue reading

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כמעט נטיו רגלי: Ye of Little Faith – Patriarchal Edition: Parshat Toldot

Is it possible that Avraham failed a test given to him by Hashem? That question has been on my mind and those of my Ninth Grade students, as we have explored Rashi’s selective use of a challenging Midrash. We’re up … Continue reading

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Kalev’s Prayer: Maintaining Integrity of Self in a World of Easy Associations

Proudly presenting another bit of Sixth Grade Torah … Shelach. The Spies. Rashi uses a textual ambiguity to derive that Kalev arrives in Chevron alone and prays at Me’arat HaMachpeila for Divine assistance from עצת מרגלים – the advice of … Continue reading

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On the Precipice of Beauty: Parshat Miketz and Chanukah

I have long marveled at a phrase tucked away in Parshat Miketz, the official sponsor of Shabbat Chanukah.  The phrase appears at a critical juncture, with Viceroy Yosef finally meeting his one and only brother Binyamin, the second son of … Continue reading

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A Study in Contrasts: Thoughts at the Unveiling of Mrs. K.

I wanted to share some thoughts that were on my mind as I sat close to Mrs. K.’s unveiling, with perhaps more time than others to reflect as I was, being a Kohen, unable to enter the actual cemetery. Parshat Bereishit … Continue reading

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Haazinu – The Past as Future Song

This past week’s Sedra, Ha’azinu, is perhaps the only one which receives its own advertisement in the previous week’s Sedra: “ואתה כתבו לכם את השירה הזאת – and you should write for yourselves this song.” The song referred to at … Continue reading

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Light One More for Menashe: Answer #101 for Beit Yosef

I was thinking last week about the famous question of the Beit Yosef, the one that always seems to resurface at this time of year. I was thinking about it because it’s Chanukah, and also because my wife’s cousin, who … Continue reading

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