Archive for the Illuminations on the Parsha 2015 Category

Illuminations #58, Tevet 5776, Parshat Shemot

Illuminations #58, Tevet 5776, Parshat Shemot Torah Gems Hashem told Moshe: “ Go and gather the elders of Israel and say to them, ‘Hashem, the God of your forefathers, has appeared to me saying’… “I shall bring you up from the affliction of Egypt’” (Shemos 3:15). In

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Illuminations #57, Tevet 5776, Parshat Vayechi

Illuminations #57, Tevet 5776, Parshat Vayechi Torah Gems The Ben Ish Hai tells a story of a man that once went for a stroll in the forest. He was walking through the trees enjoying the scenery when suddenly he saw a bear standing in front of him,

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Illuminations #56, Tevet 5776, Parshat Vayigash

Illuminations #56, Tevet 5776, Parshat Vayigash Torah Gems Our sages of blessed memory tell us that the oppression in Egypt did not begin until the passing of everyone who came down to Egypt with יעקב אבינו. As it states in the Torah, “Joseph and all his brothers

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Illuminations #55, Kislev 5776, Parshat Miketz

Illuminations #55, Kislev 5776, Parshat Miketz Torah Gems One of the most famous discussions in Rabbinic literature may have been raised by Bais Yosef (Tur Orach Chaim s670) regarding the duration of Chanukah. What is clear from all sources is that the kohanim entered the Bais Hamikdash

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Illuminations #54, Kislev 5776, Parshat Vayeishev

Illuminations #54, Kislev 5776, Parshat Vayeishev Torah Gems A young boy starting to learn Torah begins by learning Chumash. As he progresses, he moves on to mishnayos and ultimately Talmud. It would seem that Chumash is the easiest of the three to learn. However, the Rabbis say the converse is true.

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Illuminations #53, Cheshvan 5776, Parshat Vayishlach

Illuminations #53, Cheshvan 5776, Parshat Vayishlach Torah Gems כּה אמר עבדך יעקב אם לבן גרתי ואחר עד אתה   Rashi explains on the word גרתי  (in the 2nd pshat) that Yakov was telling Eisav that despite the fact that he lived with לבן he still kept all the 613 mitzvos

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Illuminations #52, Cheshvan 5776, Parshat Vayeitzei

Illuminations #52, Cheshvan 5776, Parshat Vayeitzei Torah Gems “Behold, I am with you, I will guard you wherever you go… I will not forsake you.” (28:15) The Midrash quotes Rav Issi who interprets Hashem’s promise to Yaakov as a general ‘guarding,’ alongside a more specific guarantee of parnasa, as the posuk says, “I will not forsake you.” The Dubno Maggid asks: how

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Illuminations #51, Cheshvan 5776, Parshat Toldot

Illuminations #51, Cheshvan 5776, Parshat Toldot Torah Gems In this week’s parsha, the pasuk tell us ויהי כי זקן יצחק ותכהנה עניו. The meforshim give different reasons as to why Yitzchak was blind: some say so he would be able to get tricked by Yaakov and give

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Illuminations #50, Cheshvan 5776, Parshat Chayei Sarah

Illuminations #50, Cheshvan 5776, Parshat Chayei Sarah Torah Gems Avraham Avinu and his wife, Sarah, are the foundations upon which the Jewish nation was built. Together, Avraham and Sarah brought the light of Hashem into the world. Yet there is a mystery concerning the number of years

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Illuminations #49, Cheshvan 5776, Parshat Vayeira

Illuminations #49, Cheshvan 5776, Parshat Vayeira Torah Gems When AviMelekh took Sara Imenu from Avraham Avinu, Hashem commanded him to return her because her husband is a prophet. The Torah commentators ask what difference does it make that her husband was a prophet, it is forbidden to

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